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12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 5, 1998

Aotlnued from Page VA
Johnson and Bunting are the utility-
women, and while they haven't quali-
d for NCAAs yet, they're no slouch-
es themselves. While not NCAA
record-holders, both Johnson and
unting are consistent point-scorers
and are integral to Michigan's dual
.meet success.
Johnson is an eight-time All-
American and a six-time Big Ten
champion. She is versatile in the
meets, swimming the sprint-oriented
freestyles, the butterfly and the indi-
idual medley. She is also well-round-
d outside the pool, participating in
community serivce projects.
Kim has done so many things in so
,many areas,' Richardson said. "She is
the Big Ten champion in the 200 IM
and a great leader in and out of the
Bunting, too, is known for her lead-
ership qualities and energetic
approach to swimming. While her
energy has led her to overtrain in pre-
vious years, Bunting has relaxed this
year and is producing her best season
"Karin had a great first semester
freshman year, but has had to deal with
overtraining and containing her high
energy levels," Richardson said. "She
is a versatile performer and has had
her best year ever this year."
in addition to Johnson, Hale and
Fraumann were appointed captains by
their teammates. While Hale and
Fraumann won't qualify for the
Olympic team with their times, their
leadership qualities make them irre-
placeable for Richardson.
"Kerri has been a hard worker and
contributor at most distance events,"
Richardson said. "She's had a tough
time because she has had to go it alone
due to the lack of distance swimmers
we have.
"Ellen is probably a better land ath-
lete than swimmer, but she is a great
person and contributes to the team just
with her personality."
As with any other team, the
Wolverines boast of a number of

swimmers who have overcome injury
to compete. In Gustin, Butzlaff and
Breaux, Michigan has three swimmers
who have completely recovered from
Gustin, the conference record-hold-
er in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, was
redshirted last year after undergoing
surgery on her shoulder. Her recovery
has been complete, as she has re-
emerged as Michigan's leading breast-
"Rachel is very versatile,"
Richardson said. "Not only is she a
good breaststroker, she has also been
accepted to medical school. She is the
prototype of the high-achieving stu-
dent athlete."
Breaux and Butzlaff started out their
Michigan careers with a bang, but
foot and shoulder injuries ( for
Breaux) and knee surgery (for
Butzlaff) bungled their careers.
"Alegra had a great freshman year
but has had to overcome a lot of
injuries and adversity," Richardson
said. "I'm interested to see how she
does at Big Tens this year when she's
"Lisa broke out sophomore year, but
she has always been a thrill-seeker,"
Richardson said. "She went body-surf-
ing during a training trip in Hawaii and
injured her knee."
Kaltenbach and Devereux were
examples of the damage injuries can
do. Both highly regarded swimmers
out of high school, Kaltenbach saw a
mysterious virus force her into a sec-
ondary role and shoulder surgery
forced Devereux to quit swimming.
Now Devereux is an undergraduate
"I really respect Kara because she
has hung in there, although she isn't
swimming at the level she used to,"
Richardson said. "Gabrielle has
worked the deck the past couple years,
and she brings a positive effect and an
air of class to the team."
The impact of this season's senior
class cannot be understated. The
seniors hope to use tomorrow night's
meet with the Buckeyes help create the
loudest statement of all --another Big
Ten championship.

O'Neill finally settlesi
him e inWnyCt

Continued from Page 9A
ever did."
Byrdsong, who came to Northwestern
the same season Eschmeyer did -
1993-94 - ran a more laid-back pro-
gram and the program suffered accord-
After receiving an NIT bid in
Byrdsong's first season despite a 5-13
conference record, the bottom fell out -
The Wildcats returned to the Big Ten
cellar, finishing last with only five con-
ference victories in the past three sea-
sons combined.
The Northwestern tradition is hardly
worth mentioning. Coming to a school
that has won fewer than 40 percent of its
total games, O'Neill has little to build on.
But his plans include attending to the
aspects of the job his predecessor
"The bottom line is, you need play-
ers," O'Neill said. "You've got to get
four solid years of recruiting. The first
thing I'm going to do is (actually) go
Recruting "is something you've got to
work at," O'Neill says.
The active, fireball of a coach has a
significant challenge ahead of him -
and his captain, who has been around
long enough to experience three coach-
es, likes what he sees.
"It's tough getting people to believe
when they've been beaten so long,"

Eschmeyer said. "He never sits back and
never sits down. He's going to be
involved in everything. He also lets you
know where you stand."
While O'Neill can pace the sidelines
all game long, his fate rests
Eschmeyer's oversized hands. Ant
which despite the center's enormous tal-
ent, Northwestern's depth has become a
troubling issue.
The prospect of facing Robert Traylor
and Maceo Baston tonight doesn't fig-
ure to lighten the load.
"It's great to play against great play-
ers," Eschmeyer said. "The problem I've
been seeing of late, against teams like
Purdue that get a one-on-one matchup
I'll guard Brad (Miller) and three gu,
from their team will guard me.
"That's the way it's kind of gone. I
hope it can be a one-on-one matchup,
but if it is, I'd be kind of surprised."
Eschmeyer, who leads the Big T11
with 21.9 points and 11.4 rebounds per
game, is the first - and often only ,
option for the Wildcats.
The double teams are "happening
now because other teams play off som
other players,"he said. "I've seen doub
and triple teams all year. You learn to
read them and deal with them. For now,
that's just the way it goes."
Michigan coach Brian Ellerbe isn't
planning any gimmicks tonight.
"We'll play our normal defense," he
said. "We double-team out of our normal
"But we'll be aware of where he is."

Robert Traylor and the rest of the Michigan basketball team welcome Kevin
O'Neill's struggling Northwestern squad into Crisler Arena tonight. The Wildcats,
led by center Evan Eschmeyer, have just one conference win on the season.

With Olympics rapidly approaching, drugs
begin to overshadow athletes in Nagano

Women's swimming and diving schedule

Feb. 6
Feb. 13-15
Feb. 19-21
Feb. 27-28
March 12-14
March 20-22
April 1-5

at Ohio State
Michigan Open
Big Ten Championship
Last Chance Invitational
NCAA Diving Zone Meets
NCAA National Championship,
U.S. National Championship

Ann Arbor
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home meets inBOLD

NAGANO, Japan (AP) -- Despite widespread
warnings, the chief Olympic drug tester said
today he expects some hockey players to be
banned from the Winter Games for using Sudafed,
an over-the-counter cold medication.
"Sudafed is not an accepted substance," said
Dr. Makoto Ueki, director of the International
Olympic Committee drug testing laboratory. "It is
prohibited, even for colds. It cannot be used."
Ueki said he expects the medication to show up
in testing of some NHL players in the Olympics.
Sports Illustrated reported last week that 20
percent of NIHIL players routinely use the medica-
tion to increase their energy.
Sudafed contains pseudoephedrine, which in
large enough amounts acts as a stimulant. It is
banned by the IOC but not by the NHL.
"I think the Sudafed issue will be a problem for
this tournament," Ueki said as he guided journal-
ists through the testing laboratory. "This is not
new. It has been banned previously."
Previously, only a few NHL players have played
in the Olympics, mostly fringe players who were
not involved in that season's league competition.
This is the first year the NHIL is taking a break
so its stars can compete on their national Olympic
Showdown in A
Chapel Hill: A
'WHAT:No1 Duke at No. 2 North
WHERE: The Dean Dome c la,
WHEN: 9 p.m.
AT STAKE: First place in the ACC, The Chronicl
and likely a No. 1 ranking in the DURHAI
national polls. their week

teams. Sudafed has never been a problem in other
Olympic hockey tournaments.
"All IOC facilities are able to test for it," Ueki
said. "I don't know if they did. We will. Athletes
who use it will be disqualified."
It could be more serious than that. If a player
tests positive in his medal round, his team would
be disqualified.
The NHIL says its routine drug tests have not
turned up any use of the substance beyond the
recommended dosage for treatment of colds and
flu. But even that amount would be enough to dis-
qualify a player in the Olympics.
"I am shocked and dismayed at the irresponsi-
ble statement by the IOC chief Olympic drug
tester," said Dr. Dave Lewis, the joint director of
the N HL-NHL Players Association substance
abuse and behavioral health program.
"We have developed a program of education
and testing for our players, working closely with
the IOC medical director, Dr. Patrick Schamasch,
based on extensive testing, using the best labora-
tories, following Olympic standards," said Lewis,
who works at Anacapa Hospital in Port Hueneme,
Calif. "I have no concerns about NHL athletes
participating in the games in Nagano."

Ueki, a member of the Japanese Olympic
Committee's doping control commission, has
been involved in drug testing for 15 years but is
working at the Olympics for the first time.
His previous international athletic experience
came at the 1994 Asian Games, where I1 athletes
were disqualified for drugs.
The Nagano laboratory created for these gaies
will conduct 550 tests during the Olympics, run-
ning samples for every medalist and for one other
athlete in each event.
For hockey, two players from each team will be
tested after each game. Results will be available
within 24 hours.
Ueki said the 10C drug lab is equipped wi*
new, more sensitive instruments that will make
detection of banned substances easier. He said
some medications will be allowed.
"All medicines that athletes take should be
reported," he said. "If an athlete has a cold and
takes antibiotics to reduce a fever, that would be
admitted. If they choose carefully the medicine
they take, then it should be OK.
"No medicine that is a stimulant would be
And that includes Sudafed.

;C coaches sound off about
sh of titans in Chapel Hill

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the men's basketball coaches from
around the Atlantic Coast Conference
had a chance to reflect and offer their
thoughts on this gigantic battle
between the nation's top two squads.
Coach Gary Williams' Maryland
team, currently the only ACC team
with a winning conference record other
than Duke or Carolina, is the only
squad in the country to defeat the Tar
Heels this season. Since the Terrapins
have also lost twice to Duke by large
margins, some might think that this
would translate into a Duke victory.
But Williams wasn't so sure.
"The thing is, with our style of play,
we like to get up and down, and I think
Duke plays the same game," Williams
said. "They're the best in the country at
the transition game. They try to do the
same things, and they were better at it
than us.
"With Carolina's defense, they do a
great job of staying in front of you. It'll
be interesting to see if Duke can get
those same open shots." Clemson head
coach Rick Barnes spoke of the way
the Blue Devils can wear down an

"Duke is one of the hardest teams, if
not the hardest, in the league to try to
run an offense against," Barnes said.
"They keep coming in waves. It's not
like when they go from Steve
Wojciechowski to Will Avery that
there's a big drop right there. They just
bring more energy and keep coming."
In spite of his praise of Duke,
Barnes was unclear as to which team
would have the advantage Thursday
"You're talking two great basketball
teams, two teams with abilities to score
everywhere on the court," Barnes said.
"When you play (Duke and North
Carolina), you know you've got to
defend all five positions."
Both Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski
and North Carolina coach Bill
Guthridge acknowledged the intensity
of the rivalry between the two schools
while eagerly stressing that this is just
one game in the middle of a long sea-
"I think games of this magnitude are
terrific," Krzyzewski said. "It's bigger
than any one player, team or coach. It's
so good for college basketball and our
conference that we have (the rivalry)
and I think it's needed more and more."
But, Krzyzewski cautioned, "I know
that there are games we play after this
Guthridge voiced a similar opinion.
"It's a great rivalry and I think rival-
ries help add a lot of fun to the game of

college basketball," said the first-year
coach, who has guided his team to a
22-1 overall record. "These are f
games. There aren't many games
your college career, and you should
enjoy them. This is one of those
Beyond the tension that this mid
week matchup has caused, the coaches
were also looking at the parity that
exists among the other seven teams in
the ACC. Currently all seven have
between four and seven losses in the
conference, and every team seers
capable of beating every other team on
any given night.
Both Clemson, a preseason top-10
pick, and Wake Forest, a team expected
by many to fizzle with the loss of Tim
Duncan, have achieved three confer-
ence wins this season.
"It's hard to believe the quality of
play in our league," Krzyzewski said."l
hope that by the end of the conference
season teams aren't hurt by the fact th
we've battled each other."
Florida State's Steve Robinson
"Certainly there are two teams out in
front," the Seminole coach said. "It's
obvious that they've done the best job
from the start until now. Everyone else
seems to be one or two games apart and
really clumped together."
Barnes, whose Tigers have under-
achieved this year, said he still expec
the ACC to make a strong showi
come NCAA Tournament time.

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