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6B - The Michigan Daily - SPORTSTuesday - January 20, 1998

Women's swimmers wound rival Eagles
Wolverines see 64-point victory over Eastern Michigan as an indicator for the future

By T.J. Berka
Daily Sports Writer
YPSILANTI - In most sports, the
regular season is just a precursor to the
postseason. For swimming, this fact is
not only true, but it's reinforced by the
coaches at every possible moment.
Although the Michigan women's
swimming team maintains that its dual
meets are just a warmup to the Big Ten
and NCAA meets, it would have a hard
time convincing Eastern Michigan.
The Wolverines began their dual-meet
schedule Friday night with a resounding
149-85 trouncing of the Eagles.
The 64-point spread wasn't indicative
of the meet's lopsidedness, however. The
Eagles accumulated 22 points due to
Michigan disqualifications in the final
two events - the 200 breaststroke and
the 400 freestyle relay.
"I think that Jim (Richardson) has a
great program," Eastern Michigan coach
Scott Peters said. "They've got excellent

fundamentals, they are very physically fit
and they are a very enthusiastic team."
Michigan's performance was even
more impressive, considering that the
Wolverines didn't have NCAA qualifier
Shannon Shakespeare at the meet.
Shakespeare was in Perth, Australia,
swimming for Canada in the World
"Scott Peters is a friend of mine. He's
building the program here," Michigan
coach Jim Richardson said. "He's only in
his second year. I'm pleased that he was
willing to swim us - a lot of people
aren't willing to swim us."
As they captured the first 11 events,
Richardson's team didn't act like appre-
ciative guests of the Eagles. The
Wolverines captured the top four places
in four events and the top three places in
three others. If they hadn't been disqual-
ified in the relay, the Wolverines would
have made a clean sweep of the meet.
Senior Talor Bendel led the way for

the Wolverines, finishing first in the 200
butterfly and 200 free. She also collected
a third victory by swimming the third leg
of Michigan's first-place 800-free relay.
"I think the faststt swims of the meet
were Cathy O'Neill's mile and Bendel's
200 free. I thought her 200 fly was really
wonderful," Richardson said. "That's the
fastest 200 fly she's ever swam in season.
"I think that Bendel's time of 2:00.85
made it into the NCAAs last year, so I
think that was a very good swim."
Senior Kim Johnson kept pace with
Bendel, taking the top position in both
the 50 and 100 free. She swam the
anchor of the winning 800-free relay
team as well.
Another Wolverine to chalk up a vic-
tory was O'Neill, whose winning time of
17:07.41 in the mile was her fastest ever.
Senior Rachel Gustin was also impres-
sive in taking the 200 breast.
"Johnson swam a very fast 50 and 100
free," Richardson said. "I thought

Gustin's 200 breaststroke was ver
impressive as well."
Michigan also benefitted from viet
ries by freshman Kasev Harris in the 4(
individual medley. freshman Stephan
Armstrong in the 200 backstrokea
senior Linda Riker in the 500 A
Freshman Amanda Crews also earned
victory in the one-meter diving compet
The Wolverines have a couple c
weeks off after this meet. Michiga
doesn't swim until dual meets wit
Indiana and Notre Dame the weekend c
Jan. 30.
The time off will be welcome for th
Wolverines, as the heavy training of th
last two months has many swimng
worn out.
"We have some people who are reall
tired and who need some rest
Richardson said. "Some people aren't a
tired as others, while some need to g
home and take a nap."

The Michigan women's swimming team opened up its dual-meet schedule in an
Impressive fashion by beating Eastern Michigan, 149-85.

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Track uses balanced
attack to beat Indiana


By Chris Duprey
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan women's track coach James
Henry was searching for answers when
he entered Saturday's dual meet at
Thanks to a combination of steady vet-
erans and explosive youth, he may have
found some.
The Wolverines captured victories in
six events to earn their 82-67 victory.
"Our first-place finishes really
helped us," middle-distance runner
Tonya Cornell said.
Katie McGregor kicked off what is
expected to be a solid junior campaign
with double victories. McGregor cap-
tured the 800-meter run in 2:10, and con-
tinued her success, winning the mile run
in 4:49. Her performances led the charge
for the Wolverines.
McGregor's races were also rewarded
with some individual honors. Both her
time in the 800 and the mile were NCAA
provisional-qualifying times. Earning a
spot at NCAAs is impressive for any run-
ner, but eclipsing the mark in only the
second meet of the season says quite a bit
about McGregor's potential.
Elizabeth Kampfe, McGregor's dis-
tance partner on the cross country squad,
also had a great day in Bloomington.
Kampfe finished the 3,000 in 9:39 to
earn top honors at the meet. Kampfe's

mark also made her an NCAA provision-
al qualifier.
"She was by far the distance performer
of the meet," Henry said. "Katie ran well,
Both McGregor and Kampfe joined
high jumper Nicole Forrester as early
NCAA qualifiers.Youth was the word of
the day as Michigan took the top two
spots in the 400-meter dash.
Freshman Tamika Craig edged out
Regine Caruthers for the victory. Craig
posted a time of 57:81, with Caruthers
close behind at 58:00. Any concerns
Henry may have had in the long sprints
can temporarily be laid to rest, as both
Craig and Caruthers ran like veterans.
"They filled a void that we didn't have
last year," Henry said.
The Wolverines flexed their muscles in
the field events as well. Brandi Bentley
jumped 18-5 to win the long jump.
Bentley beat out teammate Tania Longe
to earn the victory.
Longe did get a piece of the. glory,
though. Her performance of 40-feet-1 in
the triple jump bested all others, earning
Longe the victory.
Michigan returns home next weekend
to continue what has been a solid season
so far. The Wolverines will compete in
the Red Simmons Invitational at the
Track and Tennis Building on Saturday,
beginning at 9:30 a.m.



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Michigan senior Tania Longe was one of six Wolverines to capture individual yict
ries at Saturday's dual meet with Indiana. Longe took first in the triple jump with
jump of 40-feet-1.

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Wrestlers short on team victories

By Jordan Field
Daily Sports Witer
The Michigan coaches say the No. 10
Michigan wrestling team is not winning
the matches it should be winning - and
the team knows it.
Riding a four-match losing streak, the
Wolverines traveled to Iowa City to com-
pete in the National Team Dual
Championships last weekend. They lost
two out of three matches, making for a
dismal 3-6 overall record on the season.
"We are not coming out strong, and
we are giving up points early in the
matches," said assistant coach Joe

McFarland. "We need to start winning in
all three periods, and we need to stay
In the first match of the championship
tournament, Michigan faced No. 23
West Virginia. The Wolverines were
dominated by the Mountaineers, 28-10,
and their losing streak grew to five in a
"We need to start finishing people and
we need to win the close matches," said
captain Jeff Catrabone, who was the only
Wolverine to win his match beside
heavyweight Airron Richardson, who
won by forfeit.


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In the next match, the Wotvniiie
finally returned to the victory Qo,.
crushing unranked Missouri Valley, a
Michigan won eight of the 10 weigi
classes, including falls by Catrabone ar
Richardson, a technical fall by juni<
Chris Viola and a major decision t
sophomore Joe Warren.
"There have been a lot of real coos
matches, but this one we just came 1
and beat them good," Warren said.
was nice to get a win under our belt."
But the Wolverines couldn'tp
together a win streak, and was next
inated from the championship by .
Nebraska, 24-13.
The team fell behind early, droppir
five of the first six weight classes at
could not regain its composure. The on
wins came from Warren, Catrabone ar
"We have some guys that are fire'd u
right now, and they are consistently wi
ning," McFarland said, referring to ti
weekend's victors. "But other guys
to pick it up and they know it. W6c ar
win with just 2-3 guys winning evei
time out?"
The problem for the Wolverine
throughout the weekend was wimnir
the close matches and finishing, Of a
the losses, nine defeats were by two
fewer points.
"We are far from where we want to b
and far from what we are capable of
Richardson said. "We need tO
focused and keep our confidence"M
and hopefully work hard enough to fin
ish the season strong."
The Wolverines travel t(
Northwestern and Illinois this weeken
for dual meets.

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