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The Michigan Daily - Friday, December 5, 1997 - 15

ool records,
victories mark
women results
By Una Subramunian
Daily Sports Writer
A lifetime best, two pool records and a handful of victories
were the results of the first day of a three-day tournament for
the Michigan women's swimming team. And that's on an off
day. The flu-ridden Wolverines traveled to South Bend yester-
day to partake in the Notre Dame Invitational against
Syracuse, Notre Dame and Ohio University.
While the team usually relies on its stars -such as Shannon
Shakespeare and Jen Eberwein - for this meet, at least, times
ve changed. The Wolverines were led by a stellar perfor-
'ance from Jennifer Arndt. She swam her career-best in the
500-yard freestyle, knocking eight seconds off her previous
"She was absolutely outstanding," Michigan coach Jim
Richardson said. "To knock off that much time is a really great
sign of progress."
The time of 4:58 was good enough for second place.
In the 200 and 400 free relays, the Wolverines set pool
records. This happened even though one of Michigan's top
swimmers, Talor Bendel, was sick and not even expected to
"Talor swam well considering her illness,' Richardson said.
"She had a great leg in the 200 and swam anchor in the 400."
Freshman Kasey Harris was once again impressive. In one
of the major meets of the season, she won the 200 individual
"Kasey's a very talented swimmer;' Richardson said. "She's
gaining more and more confidence as the season progresses."
The Wolverines were also victorious in the 50 free. While
none of the times were NCAA qualifiers, the Wolverines came
pretty close.
"They made some of the consideration cuts in both relays,
d the 200 IM," said diving coach Richard Kimball. "There
are a lot of people sick, so they're swimming really well. A
meet like this with qualifying in the morning and the event
finals in the afternoon is pretty exhausting. It's a lot of swim-
ming in a little amount of time."
It was an impressive performance on a day when
Shakespeare, a former Olympian, was in Ann Arbor taking an
exam. Eberwein, a U.S. national team member, was still recov-
eing from an illness.

'M' swimmers

compete in

Above: The
women's swim-
ming team blast-
ed to two team
pool records in
the 200- and
freestyle relays ar
the Notre Dame
Right: Mike
McWha and the
Michigan men's
swimming team
competed In the
U.S Open. Several
Wolverines used
the meet as a
tune-jp for the
Championships in

tune-up meet
By Mask Francescutti
Daily Sports Writer
The members of the Michigan men's swimming team went
to the U.S. Open in Indianapolis to get some idea of what the
future holds.
That future, specifically, is the the FINA World
Championships in Perth, Australia, Jan. 12-18. Yesterday, the
Wolverines had their last chance this year to warm-up for the
second-biggest competition of the season. And for those
interested, they did so with correctly colored maize-and-blue
The individual-based U.S. Open brings some of the best
swimmers from around the world to compete in a lower-pres-
sure meet. The tournament is also a time for scouting the
One competitor that the Wolverines know well is former
Michigan star and Olympic gold medalist Tom Dolan. He
churned out top-10 times in several events of the preliminary
rounds. Dolan wasn't invincible, however.
Senior Owen von Richter, who needed a superb perfor-
mance to qualify for World Championships, showed the
world that he will be a force next month;
Von Richter convincingly won the 400-meter freestyle in
the preliminary rounds, the only Wolverine who finished in
the top five. Dolan finished eighth. Other Wolverines in the
top 20 were sophomore Mike McWha (6th), junior Tom
Malchow (11th) and junior Andy Potts (16th). Senior Ryan
Papa earned a sixth-place finish in the 200-meter backstroke.
Senior Derya Buyukuncu finished 16th.
Other encouraging performances came from junior Jeff
Flermoen and freshman Scott Werner, who earned top-20
times in the 100-meter breastroke. Other events weren't so
kind to the Wolverines. Both Papa and Buyukuncu were dis-
qualified in the 50-meter free, leaving no other Wolverines to
Signs of Michigan dominance didn't show in the 200-
meter individual medley either. Only Scott Werner placed in
the top 40. David Stephens finished 44th. Dolan, however,
kept up his spectacular day by placing eighth in the prelimi-
nary rounds.
Two more days of warming-up and scouting are ahead for
the Wolverines before they take a month break preparing for
the world championships.

'M' hoops to play Fla. A&M

By Andy Itatack
Daily Sports Writer
When the Michigan women's basketball team
travels to the Ronald McDonald Classic this week-
end, its game plan will be remarkably similar to one
of the fast food chain's marketing schemes: go with
the super-size.
So far this season, Michigan's superior post play
has made opposing teams' lives very difficult. Paced
by senior center Pollyanna Johns, Michigan (5-1)
has made a habit of getting the ball down low,
resulting in easy baskets for the bigger Wolverines.
Michigan hopes to continue such domination
under the basket Saturday, when it meets Florida
A&M (2-1) in the first round of the weekend tour-
nament, hosted by Duke in Durham, N.C.
In the Wolverines' five games this season, they
have outrebounded their opponents in every game
but one. During those games, Johns or fellow front-
line mate Tiffany Willard was the game's leading
rebounder in every contest.
Michigan's strong post play has made an impres-
sion on Florida A&M coach Claudette Farmer,
whose Rattlerettes boast considerable size of their
own. With three players taller than 6-foot-2, Farmer
believes her post players can contain Michigan.
"We know they're a very athletic team, and are
especially strong in the post with Pollyanna,' Farmer
said. "But we feel we might be able to match up well
with them.'
In three games this season, Florida A&M's Teresa
Jenkins, 6-6, is averaging 10 points and 8.3

rebounds. Six-foot-three senior Shantell Jackson
and 6-2 freshman Tomekia Peterson also combine to
give the four-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
champions a very formidable frontline.
The backcourt may be a different story, however.
No player on the Rattlerettes has more assists than
turnovers, and the team does not have a single upper-
classman at the guard position.
Michigan will probably look to exploit that weak-
ness with the slashing guard play of Anne Thorius
and Ann Lemire, both of whom are averaging more
than three assists per game.
"The backcourt is definitely where we are weak-
er;' Farmer said. "Michigan is more experienced and
talented in that area."
Tournament play has been kind to the Wolverines,
who-have jumped out to a fast start this season.
Michigan has played in three tournaments the last
three weekends, capturing the championship at the
Felpausch Tournament and the consolation champi-
onship at the Florida International Thanksgiving
The McDonald's Classic should be the toughest of
the lot for the Wolverines. Florida A&M has suffered
only 22 losses in the last three seasons, making the
Rattlerettes a tough first-round opponent.
Lurking in the other half of the bracket is No. 15
Duke, who faces a first-round matchup with Ohio
"There are some really good teams in this tourna-
ment, and it should be interesting to see how we
respond," Farmer said.


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Slashing Michigan guard Anne Thorius and the rest of the
Wolverines will play in their third tournament of the season
morrow, meeting Florida A&M in the first round of the
McDonald's Classic.

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than just a normal game, but he'll
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The. Wolverines will need more
than Turco and Herr to play well if
*ey are going to come away with a
Abel Arena is one of the toughest,
most intimidating places to play in
the CCHA.
"I like playing in tough buildings
like Lake State," Hayes said. "It
makes the game really exciting with
all of the fans against you. It's one
of the biggest challenges that we
will face all year."
The Wolverines will be facing a
take Superior team that is unbeaten
in its last four games. After starting
off slowly, the Lakers have begun to
turn it around.
"They're as tough as anybody at
home," Berenson said. "They got off
to a rough start there early, but now

it looks like their back on track, so
it'll be a tough game."
Senior center Terry Merchant has
been on a tear recently, tallying 12
points in his last six games.
Merchant is coming off of a two-
goal, three-assist effort in two
games against Notre Dame last
weekend. The solid performance
earned him CCHA offensive player
of the week honors.
Defensively, the Lakers have been
playing much better as of late.
After giving up an average of 4.11
goals per game in their first nine
games, Lake Superior has surren-
dered only two goals in its last four
"We know it's going to be tough,"
Berenson said. "But, I don't want to
sit here and start shaking in my
boots about it. Half our team has
been up there and we know what it's
"We have a lot of confidence in
ourselves that we can go up there
and compete."

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