The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 4, 1997 - 15A
Wolverines win medals in international meet
By Josh Klelnbaum
Daily Sports Writer
Winning swimming meets is not new
to Jen Eberwein.
The junior All-American is the
defending Big Ten champion in the 50-
yard freestyle event. She was a part of
Michigan's 200 and 400 free relay teams
that won Big Ten Championships six
months ago. As a freshman, she was a
four-time Big Ten champion.
But on Aug. 28, Eberwein set a new
personal standard by winning the gold
medal in the 40-yard free relay at the
World University Games in Sicily, Italy.
"Next to the Olympics and the World
Championships, the World University
Games are the most prestigious games
you can compete in," Michigan women's
swimming coach Jim Richardson said.
"There's an Olympic-type atmosphere
Eberwein, one of nine Michigan ath-
letes representing their respective coun-
tries at the Games, was the only
Wolverine to claim a gold medal.
Swimming the opening leg of the
relay, Eberwein set the pace for fellow
Americans Katie Taylor (Auburn),
Keiko Price (UCLA) and Liesl Kolbisen
(Arizona). The foursome's time of
3:47.80 soundly beat the home-favorite
Italian team by 3.57 seconds.
Eberwein finished eighth in her only
other event, the 100 free.
"Jen is a great swimmer,' Richardson
said. "Any time you can win a medal in
international competition, it's signifi-
A swimmer also delivered the
Wolverines' only other medal of the
Games. Scott Werner, a freshman who
has yet to swim in a collegiate meet,
earned a silver medal in the 200 breast-
"Werner is going to make a big-time
contribution at the NCAA level immedi-
ately" Michigan men's swimming coach
Jon Urbanchek said. "He's a good work-
er, a great trainer and has international
Werner is one of two incoming fresh-
men on the men's team with internation-
Both he and Chris Thomson swam for
the U.S. Junior National Team.
The World University Games are sig-
nificant because they give the athletes
international exposure, and are often
used as a springboard to Olympic or
world championship competition.
"Any time you get to represent your
country, it's an honor," Richardson said.
Several recent Michigan graduates
also made an impact on the games. Anne
Kampfe, a '97 graduate and former
member of Michigan's women's swim-
ming team, finished fifth in the 400
Individual Medley and seventh in the
Kampfe was selected as a co-captain
of the women's U.S. team at the'
* Chris Rumley, a fifth-year senior who
has exhausted his eligibility, finished
second in the 400 free preliminary heats
but slipped to fifth in the finals and
failed to win a medal. Rumley captained
the U.S. men's squad.
Ryan Papa was the busiest Wolverine,
swimming in six events during the six-
day competition. His highest finish was
12th in the 200 back.
Urbanchek cited poor training condi-
tions as the reason for Papa's lackluster
Papa trained for the last month in his
native Phillippines, where the training
facilities are not up to the standards of
the state-of-the-art Canham Natatorium.
Urbancheck also said that Papa might
have overstrained himself by swimming
in so many events.
While swimmers made up the bulk of
Michigan's delegation to the Games,
four other Wolverines made the journey
across the Atlantic.
John Mortimer, a member of the
Michigan track team and representing'
the United States, finished ninth in the
"Mortimer was training for cross
country (not steeplechase), and he just
wasn't sharp or peaked at all," Michigan
cross country coach Ron Warhurst said.
"He just ran great, considering he, was
training for a different event. It's a great
way to start the cross country season,
and an incredible step up for his career as
Nicole Forrester competed in the-high
jump for Canada, and Tania Longe rep-
resented Norway in the long jump..
Sophomore gymnast Jose "LaLo"
Haro competed in the all-around, repre-
The United States topped the miedal
count with 27.
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