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MS KEBALL (10)s WNHnia 62 The Michigan hockey team survived the first round of
East Region PHILADELPHIA 3, the CCHA playoffs and will face Ohio State tonight in
(1N NO. CAROLINA 73, BA Anaheim 3 the second round at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
(4) Mhigan St. 68AL BASKETBALL BOSTON 4, Faceoff is at 8:30 p.m.
(2) CONNECTICUT 75, Indiana 95, Toronto 0
(11) Washington 74 WASHINGTON 91 BUFFALO 6,
ATLANTA 4, Foria 1SOT0Fia
Wes Region Maukee 81 Friday
l 7( AR ZONA 87, CHICAGO 1, March 20, 1998
(4) Mrland 79 Montreal 0
y Evan Braunstein
y Sports Writer
CLEVELAND - The Michigan wrestling team
'dvanced three wrestlers into Friday's quarterfinal round,
winning seven out of eight matches in the first day of the
Seniors Bill Lacure, Jeff Catrabone and Airron
Richardson each won both of their matches in today's ses-
sion Sophomore Joe Warren won his first match of the
day before succumbing to Oregon State's Issac Bruce in a
:lose 7-5 decision.
All four wrestlers remain in the tournament.
t 150 pounds, fourth-seeded Lacure gained a 7-1 deci-
ion over Virginia's Jim Harshaw in the first round and
defeated Heath Eslinger of Chattanooga, 4-3, in the sec-
Catrabone, the fifth seed at 167 pounds, defeated Todd
See WRESTLING, Page 13
fourth at NCAAs
By Uma Sur......
Daiy Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - Michigan
women's swimming coach Jim
Richardson said the 1998 NCAA cham-
pionships would be fast - faster than
the Olympics. He was right.
After one day Michigan is in ninth
place. Stanford, led by two-time
Olympic gold medalist Catherine Fox, is
the current leader with a total of 129
In a meet like this, it's hard not to
believe that records will be set orbroken.
But it is also fair to say that no one
expected to see some of the fastest
women's swimming races of all time.
Yesterday's 50-yard freestyle champi-
onship heat featured the fastest field of
sprinters in history. To qualify for the
event, swimmers had to best a time of
In years past swimmers could be
swimming in the final heat qualifying
with a time of 22.9 seconds. Richardson
was almost speechless as he tried to dis-
cuss the competition.
"The 50 free was so fast, just so fast,"
Richardson said. "This year there are 16
people who qualified with times in;
between last year's seventh- and eighth-
place times. That's so fast'"
Michigan junior Jennie Eberwein had
her lifetime best swim in the 50 free.
With a time of 22.43, she took fourh in
the finals. At this year's Big Ten.
Championships, Eberwein broke the Big
Ten record in the 50 free in the morning
qualifying rounds. She reset the record
in the evening. The results yesterday,
were strikingly similar.
See SWIMMING, Page 13
start in w
Michigan women's swimmer Shannon Shakespeare competes In the 200 medley relay at ti
Championships in Minnesota, yesterday. The relay team placed second In the finals.
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Four teams remain in hunt for CCHA title at Joe Louis
fy Sharat Raju
Daily Sports Editor
Don't worry. No need to panic. It's
just playoff hockey.
That's the sentiment that most of the
Michigan hockey team shared in justi-
fying this past weekend's nail-biting
three-game debacle against Notre
Dame in the first round of the playoffs.
The fifth-ranked Wolverines (22-7-1
CCHA, 30-10-1 overall) squeaked
away with two one-goal victories to
stay alive in the CCHA playoffs.
"The games have been close,"
ihigan senior captain Matt Herr
said. "But that's playoff hockey."
If playoff hockey means near-defeats
and emotional distress for Michigan
fans, then be advised: This weekend
should be just as dangerous for the faint
The second-seeded Wolverines
square off against No. 3 Ohio State (19-
10-1, 24-11-2) tonight at Joe Louis.
*rena in Detroit at 8:30 The winner
will play in the championship bout
tomorrow at the Joe at 7:30
Michigan State, who won the regular
season CCHA title, looks like the
favorite in the other semifinal game
against Northern Michigan.
"Playoff hockey is different than
hockey in October or November,"
Michigan coach Red Berenson said.
"There's more intensity, more at stake,
ore pressure on every play, on every
ass, and every shot, and every penalty
and so on."
The Buckeyes find themselves in a
situation resembling that of the
Fighting Irish last week. Both teams
were swept by the Wolverines during
the regular season. The Buckeyes, how-
ever. have been the hottest team in the
country with a .912 winning percent-
age since Jan. 9.
That's a surprise, considering in the
preseason coaches pi-:ked Ohio State to
finish eighth. The Buckeyes finished
third in the conference.
"They'll be a different team than we
faced earlier," Berenson said. "They're
playing with a lot of confidence.
They're a hot team right now."
While Ohio State may be the hot
team right now, it's hard to judge the
status of the Wolverines. The
Wolverines struggled offensively
against Notre Dame, falling behind
early in each game.
"You can't coach offense;' Berenson
said. "You can coach defense, you can
preach defense - but offense has to
flow. You never know where you're
going to get it from"
And with many teams keying on Bill
Muckalt, Michigan's primary offensive
threat, other players have had to try
their hand at scoring.
"Muckalt may not lead our team in
scoring in the playoffs;" Berenson said.
"It could be Andrew Merrick or Josh
Langfeld or Mark Kosick."
An interesting plot that could devel-
op - should all the seeds hold - will
be a fifth Michigan-Michigan State
confrontation this season. Although the
Spartans swept the season series
between the two teams, the Wolverines
most likely would like another go at it.
"A lot of our guys -10 freshmen -
have not played at Joe Louis in the final
four," Herr said. "We have half of the
team who've been there and won it. We
lost the league this year by one point.
"We get another shot here in the
By Mark Snyder
Daily Sports Editor
Just two months after Michigan's
Rose Bowl victory - in which senior
quarterhack Brian Griese was named
MVP - Lloyd Carr is looking to the
And, for the time being, that future
begins with 6-foot-3 junior quarterback r
Tom Brady as spring practice opensd
tomorrow for the defending nationaf
"Tom Brady, who made significant'
progress in the fall, will go in as the No.
I quarterback," Carr said.
Last season, with former starter Scott
Dreisbach injured and watching from
the sidelines, Brady took most of the
snaps in the backup position, and that;
role has helped elevate him ahead of
fifth-year senior Dreisbach and sopho-
more Jason Kapsner.
As Carr elaborated on Brady's
progress, he reiterated that the blueprint
for a quarterback's success is ball con-
trol and passing.
"If he throws the ball to the other
team, the bench is waiting for him," Carr,
said, "Brian Griese, as a sophomore,
didn't take care of the football. I wasn't
confident he was going to change. But
he did and we won a national champi-
But as excited as Carr is about,
Brady's advancement and his command
of the offense, he remained cautious
when discussing the permanence of his
"He's got to solidify that position,"2
Carr said. "They're always competing.R.
See PRACTICE, Page 13
The Michigan hockey team will be one of four teams vying for a CCHA playoff title this weekend at Joe Louis Arena in
Detroit. The Wolverines face Ohio State in the semifinal game tonight. The winner plays in the championship game tomor-
row and will face the winner of the Northern Michigan-Michigan State game.
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