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12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, December 4, 1997

M' harriers run past
youth for strong year

Blue swimmers
battle bugs, Irish

By Josh Borkdn
Daily Sports Writer
The 1997 Michigan women's cross
country season was marked by constant
improvement.
Michigan rebounded from an average
season last year to place seventh at the
NCAA championships and produce two
All-Americans.
The Wolverines bounced around the
.national polls all year, ranking anywhere
from 17th to seventh.
Throughout the regular season, the
front pack was led by Katie McGregor,
Elizabeth Kampfe and Julie Froud. The
trio dominated regular-season competi-
. ion and supplied the team with the
majority of its points.
_ Although the front pack was consis-
tently strong, the lack of depth prevented
the Wolverines from winning the Big Ten
,nd having more success in post-season
rades.
This year's team was led by All-
Americans Katie McGregor and
Flizabeth Kampfe.
McGregor proved to be the leader all
season with four first-place finishes and
three second-place finishes, including a
fourth-place finish at the NCAAs.
. She was recognized as a fierce com-
ptitor by her teammates and opponents.
"She ran from the starting line with the
goal of winning every time she raced,"
Jlie Froud said.
"I fought very hard throughout the
year to compete at the best of my ability,"
McGregor said. "I feel that I accom-
plished all of my goals but as an athlete,
[don't think you can ever be fully satis-

fled with your performance"'
McGregor said she was concerned
with the overall team performance. Just
take the Michigan Intercollegiate which
she won by 20 seconds.
"I am happy with my time, but I am
happier that I helped my team to win the
meet," McGregor said after the race.
"People really came through today, and
we are looking really strong for the post-
season."
Kampfe's conservative running style
proved to be successful as well. While
Kampfe's races began at a slower pace,
she was able to collect a first-place finish
at the regionals, beating out McGregor,
as well as three second-place finishes
throughout the year.
Kampfe capped off a successful year
with a 23rd-place finish at the NCAAs,
gaining All-America status.
Michigan coach Mike McGuire has
produced at least two All-Americans in
each of the last five years. McGregor and
Kampfe are two of the most talented All-
Americans that McGuire has coached in
his tenure at Michigan.
While McGregor and Kampfe were
recognized nationally, it was the courage
and leadership of Julie Froud that provid-
ed Michigan with much of its success.
Froud, a sophomore, was the No. 3
runner during the 1997 campaign.She
began the season with a fist-place finish
at the Michigan Open, and ran success-
fully throughout the year with an array of
top finishes.
Before and after each competition,
Froud was a vocal leader. It was her
comeback performance at the regionals

By Jacob Wheeler
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan women's swimming
coach Jim Richardson has had plen-
ty of reasons to give thanks during
"the streak." His teams have won an
unprecedented 11- straight Big Ten
championships - a title each year
but one while he's been at the helm.
But Richardson wasn't very thank-
ful for the news he received follow-
ing this Thanksgiving.
One of his top swimmers, senior
Talor Bendel, developed an inflamed
throat and sinus infection over the
break, which may keep her out of the
Notre Dame Invitational this week-
end in South Bend.
Michigan will face Notre Dame,
Syracuse and Ohio University during
the three-day tournament that kicks
off today.
The Wolverines are the odds-on
favorite to win, especially if Bendel
L"1 RWNtsl ts1t the.tu. S"Irt-shSave-1 never

ing from various early winter al-
ments.
"Riker should compete this week-
end," Richardson said. "But we real-
ly don't know about Bendel. It w
be tough without her because she
and Shannon (Shakespeare) are two
of our best swimmers."
Now would be an especially inop-
portune time for Bendel to leave the
lineup.
The senior won the 200-yard
freestyle relay almost single-handed-
ly to go with two other freestyle vic-
tories and a second-place finish in
the 200-butterfly in Michigan's Ot
meet against Penn State.
"She's raced better this fall Man
she ever has in her life," Richardson
said. "All these injuries are unfortu-
nate because we were hoping-the
freestyle relays and some of the indi-
vidual medleys might qualify -for
nationals this weekend."
On a positive note, All-American
Jennie Eberwein is healthy agaiti,
after pre-Thanksgiving health p?-
lems. The junior swam but recorded
subpar performances in the meet
against Penn State.
Overall, the Notre Dame
Invitational will show how far ' the
Wolverines have come during th'e
first leg of the season. "It's just an
opportunity to see where we a-e at
the end of a good first semestei of
training," Richardson said. "Octdber
and November were better train]
to warm it

LOUIS BROWN/Daily is in the lineup. The Irish have never
The Michigan women's cross country team was lead this year by the trio of Julie beaten Michigan and neither of the
Froud, Elizabeth Kampfe and Big Ten Individual champion Katie McGregor. other two teams boast relatively deep
programs. But the Wolverines will be
and her subpar performance at the here (at the national championships) next hard-pressed to blow anybody out of
NCAAs that displayed her character. year and perform much better." the water without Bendel.
After the NCAAs, Froud was in tears The second pack of runners consisting "Notre Dame is better this year
due to her performance. of Katie Clifford, Michelle Slater, Lisa than last," Richardson said. "There
"I am not happy at all with my perfor- Ouellet and Allison Noe performed errat- are swimmers from all three teams
mance today, and I felt slightly over- ically throughout the season. that will give us good competition."
whelmed running with such talented run- "The second pack showed great signs Senior Linda Riker, another key to
ners," Froud said. of improvement," McGuire said. "Many the Michigan lineup, came down
"But I will use this race today as a of these girls were coming back from with a flu over the holidays. Nearly
learning experience and I plan to be back injuries or were just inexperienced." half a dozen Wolverines are suffer-
4Men's swimmers about

up at final meet of the preseason

Vow that the men's swim team has the proper warmups, they don't need to worry about being confused with other teams.
This shouldn't be a problem this year -- the Wolverines are a familiar sight among the elite of the NCAA.

By Mark Francescutti
Daily Sports Writer
It's "warmup" time for the Michigan men's swimming
and diving team - and not only because the U.S. Open in
Indianapolis, Ind., is the last chance to prime themselves for
the preseason. The Wolverines can now show off their new
warmups.
Nike, which had previously sent many Michigan teams
blue-and-white warmups, realized that Michigan wasn't
Penn State and corrected the mistake. The tankers received
the correct maize- and-blue warmups for this week, just in
time for the U.S. Open.
The individual tournament, starting tomorrow and con-
cluding Saturday is especially significant this year for
Michigan swimmers, as this meet will be the final warm-up
for the FINA World Championships on Jan. 12-18, in Perth,,
Australia.
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek, who will also be the U.S.
Team coach, will be joined by many of Michigan's
American swimmers, including senior Tom Malchow, the
1996 Olympic Silver medalist in the 200-meter butterfly.
The U.S. Open also brings back Michigan alumnus Tom
Dolan, the 1996 Olympic gold medalist, world record-hold-
er and defending world champion in the 400-meter individ-
ual medley.
Michigan swimmers representing other countries include
senior Ryan Papa for the Phillipines, senior Derya
Buyukuncu for Turkey and Francisco Suriano Siu for El
Salvador.
While the Wolverines will not be taking this tournament
lightly, they won't be burning themselves out either. Some
would rather save that big push for next month's champi-
onships.
"There are one or two times a year that you really push
yourself," Urbanchek said. "Most of the guys aren't prepar-

"It is an opportunity to so
where you are at becausei
41 days we have the world
championships.3" -JnUraT~
- Jon Urbantk
Men's swimming coacfi
ing to do that (for this tournament)."
The competition at the U.S. Open will be fiercer^
other past Olympians and some of the best swimmers inIt
world attending. But it will also give the Wolverines a sn
preview at what the world championships will be like.
"It is an opportunity to see where we are at because '-
days, we have the world championships," Urbanchek stL
For Owen von Richter and Mike McWha this tournamm
is especially important. They have prepared accordingvi
make sure they qualify to represent Canada next monti.
"They are very prepared, because they want to qualif
the world championships," Urbanchek said.
The Wolverines will also be without many of their *
mates who have to stay for classes and exams. Some
those swimmers will still get some more competitive exT
rience when they attend the Eastern Michigan Univrsi
Invitational.
"We won't have the guys who can't miss classs
Urbanchek said. "We are sending four or five to the ,EMI
Invitational."
After the U.S. Open, Michigan will be on a one-nonj
break before one of the most important tournaments ofI
year - world championship.

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