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The Michigan Daily -- Fridav. Marc~h21, 1997 - 111

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Blue women in 6th after 1st day

Hockey's Botterill and volleyball's Luze
win Michigan's Big Ten Medal of Honor

By Fred Link
and Josh Kleinbaum
Daily SportsNWriters
INDIANAPOLIS -- Caught
between a tree and a cactus, the
Wolverines are finding themselves in
trouble.
Five-time defending national
champion Stanford, with its tree
mascot, is in the lead after one day of
the NCAA women's swimming and
diving championships at IUPUI
Natatorium with 132 points.
Arizona's cactus is close behind at
125.5.
Michigan finds itself in sixth
place, with 88.5 points.
The meet is one of the fastest in
history, as the top 16 finishers in
each event are swimming at light-
ning speeds.
"You are looking at the fastest
women's swimming meet in the his-
tory of the world," Michigan coach
Jim Richardson said. "It's faster than
the Olympics."
The Wolverines were led by two
strong relays. The 200-yard
freestyle relay team of Jen Eberwein,
Kim Johnson, Melisa Stone and
Talor Bendel finished second, behind

Arizona. The 400 medley relay team
had an excellent qualifying race to
place in the finals but fizzled in the
evening race, finishing eighth.
"I was a little disappointed with
the relay," Richardson said. "The
front end of it was better than this
morning by about a second, but then
we couldn't get it done in the end.
But getting into the finals was a
major accomplishment."
Freshman Shannon Shakespeare
had an excellent day for Michigan,
finishing third in the 200 individual
medley, which boasted the fastest
field of finalists in the history of the
championships.
"This is really the first year that
I've swum the 200 IM," Shakespeare
said. "I was hoping to be top three,
so I'm happy with that."
Eberwein, a sophomore, also had a
strong day for the Wolverines. In
addition to the second-place 200
freestyle relay performance,
Eberwein landed a sixth-place finish
in the 50 free. Her time of 22.63 in
the finals set a new Big Ten record.
Cardinal freshman Catherine Fox,
a two-time Olympic gold medalist,
claimed the 50 free national title.

Fox was also a part of Stanford's
third-place 200 free relay team.
In addition to winning the 200
relay national title, Arizona had four
top-five finishes, two in both the 500
and 50 free.
Rounding out the top five after the
first day are Southern Methodist in
third, Georgia in fourth and Southern
Methodist in fifth.
Martina Moraveova, a sophomore,
claimed the 200 IM title for
Southern Methodist.
Her time of 1:55.81 was the sec-
ond-fastest in NCAA history and set
a pool record. The Mustangs also
won the 400 medley relay in a pool-
record time.

From Staff Reports
Michigan athletes Jason Botterill
of the hockey team and Sharcen
Luze of the volleyball team have
been awarded Michigan's Big Ten
Medal of Honor, the Athletic
Department announced yesterday.
The award is given each year to
senior male and female student-ath-
letes at each Big Ten school who have
attained the greatest proficiency in
both academics and athletics.
Botterill currently leads the
Wolverines in goals (39) and the
nation in power-play goals (19). He
was also selected to this year's All-
CCHA tournament team.

The senior forward - an eco-
nomics major - has been selected
twice to the CCHA All-Academic
first team over the past two years
and was an honorable mention
selection in 1995.
Luze was a tri-captain for the
Wolverines during the 1996 cam-
paign, The history major earned two
all-tournament team honors during
the season and played in I11 match-
es over her career -- tied for sev-
enth on the all-time matches-played
list at Michigan.
The senior outside hitter was
selected to her third All-Academic
Big Ten team this season.

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MARGARET MYERS/Daily
r. Putz is slated to start Saturday for
the Wolverines against Purdue.
'M' hopes
to find
ptchin
at Purdue
BySharat Raju
DaiSports Writer
What could be better than a spring
trip to West Lafayette? Well, probably
obt anything short of teeth extraction.
twt the Michigan baseball team doesn't
have a choice. The Wolverines (9-7) will
opee the Big Ten season at Purdue (6-9)
tday at 3 p.m. The two teams will also
play 'a doubleheader tomorrow and a
finale on Sunday at Lambert Field.
Itis pitching and defense that con-
terns Michigan coach, Geoff Zahn.
Michigan has given up a total of 29 runs
in itg last three starts. The Wolverines
*mnitted four errors in their last game.
Right-handed junior pitcher Brian
Steinbach will try to curtail the trend.
With a 3-1 record and a 2.63 ERA, he
has been one of the more reliable pitch-
ers for the Wolverines. The last time the
j1unior hurler started was the last time the
Wolverines won - against Oral Roberts
last Friday. He also has the only com-
plete game - a shutout of Maine.
The probable starting pitchers for this
eekend after Steinbach: sophomores
. Putz and Luke Bonner, with the
fourth one yet to be decided.
SOFFBALL: Despite winning its last
fhr& games, the Michigan softball team
dropped to No. 9 in the USA
Tody/NFCA coaches poll after going
32 overall at last weekend's Florida
State Lady Seminole Invitational.
"te Wolverines (21-7-1) look to
rebound this weekend at the Purdue
Ailermaker Invitational in West
fayette. Michigan takes on Northern
llirnois and Ohio tomorrow and Wright
State'on Sunday. The tournament cham-
pionship game is on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Blue tennis
to take on
10. 11 Illini
fy Andy Latack
ily Sports Writer
No more preseason tournaments.
warm-weather invitationals or extended
road trips. For the Michigan men's ten-
iis team, it all comes down to this.
The Wolverines will begin their Big
T'ei season this weekend with matches
Illinois and Purdue. They will not be
easy, especially against the I 1th-ranked
Illini, who will be looking to settle a
score with the Wolverines on Saturday.
:Michigan handily defeated Illinois
twice last year, including an impressive
5-2 victory in the finals of the Big Ten
tournament. The Illini have had a suc-
cessful year to date and will be looking
to avenge last year's defeat and climb
'higher in the national rankings. Before
sing to Notre Dame last week, Illinois
was the top-ranked team in the region,
wih Michigan checking in at No. 4.
;he Wolverines hope to break out of
their recent slump, which dropped them

frpm 30th to 40th in the nation. They
realize that there is no better time to do
sso than this weekend.

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