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12 - The Michigan Daily - Tuesday, March 24, 1998

On, off field,
Cardinal rules
By T.J. Berka
Daily Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - A national championship in
intercollegiate athletics is an honor to be savored by both,
the champion's school and the team itself. But it is rare
for a school to capture titles in different sports.
Not so for Stanford.
With the Cardinal's title in women's swimming this
weekend - their sixth in seven years - Stanford has
accumulated 45 separate national titles since 1985.
Along with the women's swimming team's success,.
Stanford has won top honors in men's swimming, men's
and women's cross-country, men's and women's volley-
ball, and men's and women's tennis - all in the past
year.
Stanford is "just a monster," Michigan women's
swimming coach Jim Richardson said. "They are just
the standard."
To offer a comparison, Michigan has won three cham-
pionships in three different sports - men's swimming
(1995), hockey (1996) and football (1997) - in the past
three years. Considering Michigan's reputation as one of
the top athletic universities - and rightfully so -
Stanford's success is even more remarkable.
"Stanford athletics is the way athletics in the United
States ought to be done," Stanford women's swimming
coach Richard Quick said. "These people are fabulous
students, wonderful young people, and as far as I'm con-
cemed, Stanford athletics is the model of the way athlet-
its should be done."
Two Stanford swimmers who showed how swimming
meets should be won were freshman Misty Hyman and
sophomore Catherine Fox. Hyman, who took swimmer
of the year honors with five titles, and Fox, an Olympic
gold medalist who stood atop the award stand four
times, represent the typical Stanford athlete.
But how does Stanford pull in athletes such as Hyman
and Fox? Or even Olympians like Summer Sanders,
Jenny Thompson and Janet Evans? It's a question nine
other teams in the Pac-10, as well as many other schools
across the nation, are trying to figure out.
"It's a combination of a lot of things," Hyman, who

Peach taking his time

PEACH
Continued from Page 10
But the Langley, British Columbia
native has used his spare time wise-
ly. The time off the ice has given
Peach an opportunity to bone up on
his biology and physiology knowl-
edge.
"I've been reading up a lot about
it," Peach said. "It's pretty scary
what could happen down the road."
Peach is also aware of the current
rash of head injuries in the NHL.
Philadelphia Flyers forward Eric
Lindros and Anaheim Mighty Ducks
forward Paul Kariya are two nota-
bles who have sustained sidelining
concussions this season.
"Eric Lindros' brother can't play
any more," Peach said. "He played
games he can't remember anymore. I
never want to get to that point."
With Peach out of the lineup, the
Michigan coaching staff has had to
play musical chairs with the defen-
sive lines.
Junior Bubba Berenzweig has
been logging a lot of minutes in his
teammate's stead.
Freshmen Scott Crawford and Bob

Gassoff have also seen increased
playing time.
THE COMMISH: Throughout this
season, the CCHA searched and
interviewed candidates for the posi-
tion of commissioner. And on March
18, the search ended.
Tom Anastos, president of the
North American Hockey League, a
junior league, was selected as the
fourth commissioner in the 27-year
history of the CCHA. He signed a
four-year contract and will begin his
duties on May 1.
The search for a new commission-
er began back in September when
current commissioner Bill Beagan
announced that he will step down at
the conclusion of this season.
During his tenure, Beagan was
responsible for increased television
exposure for the CCHA, including a
landmark 20-game television deal
inked for this season with Fox
Sports Net.
Anastos played at Michigan State
from 1981-85 and professionally in
the Montreal Canadiens organiza-
tion. He coached at Michigan-
Dearborn and was an assistant for
the Spartans after his playing days.

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Jim Richardson has put together an impressive program during his years as women's swimming coach at
Michigan, but Stanford still may take the cake in overall college athletics.

picked the Cardinal over teams such as Southern Cal
and Auburn, said. "What I've found is that the resources
at Stanford, the atmosphere of excellence in all areas that
goes way beyond swimming - the reason that I chose
Stanford and why I'm there now is because of the peo-
ple, the academics and all the opportunities."
Stanford's success is even more amazing considering
its academic reputation. Academically, it consistently
ranks among the top 10 schools in the United States.
While schools like Duke and Northwestern compete
with Stanford in academics and have also been able to
achieve success in a few sports, none of them can hold
a candle to the Cardinal in terms of overall athletic qual-
ity.
Stanford grabs the top coaches as well as the top ath-
letes. Quick is a prime example, as he won six consecu-
tive national championships at Texas from 1984-89

before moving on to the Cardinal.
"You've got Richard Quick, who has won more
NCAA championships than anybody. He's got a won-
derful staff." Richardson said. Stanford "is a private
school, which helps a lot. They've got location and
geography as well."
Stationed in Palo Alto, Calif., a suburb of San
Francisco, Stanford holds even more advantages than
many of its adversaries. The combination of athletics,
academics and location brings all sorts of people to
"The Farm," as Stanford students lovingly call their
school.
"When you poll college professors and ask them if
they could pick a school where they could teach, 74 per-
cent pick Stanford," Richardson said. "It's the most pres-
tigious university in the United States at this point in
time."

Tigers' Apps dangerous

M' tennis finds consistency, scorches Buckeyes

TIGERS
Continued from Page 10
From the previous generation,
Sylvanus Apps, Sr., is a member of the
NH L Hall of Fame as a player and was
recently named to the N HLs 50 greatest
players list.
"He has one of the richest legacies in
Canadian hockey," Cahoon said. "His
father has had a great influence on Syl.
His father has gotten him to look at the
finer points of the game."
Included among those finer points are
many skills other than simply taking
faceoffs.
The youngest Apps has made his pres-
ence felt on the ice that lies outside of the
faceoff circle as well. Since his arrival at
Princeton, Apps has established himself
as one of the preeminent defensive for-
wards in the league.
He was nominated for the ECAC
Defensive Player of the Year award in
each of his first two seasons, and last

BUCKEYES
Continued from Page 10
The Wolverines also improved in
another area.
So far this season, Michigan has set-
tled into a trend of minor inconsisten-
cy. While the team has been very suc-
cessful in most of its matches so far,
some individual performances have
suffered.

With Sunday's win, Goldberg said
he is happy that the team as a whole
proved that it can completely dominate
a team.
"I think what stood out - and I told
the team this before the match - was
that we wanted a total team effort with
every position solid," Goldberg said.
For the first time this year, the
Michigan pairs finally won all three
doubles matches.

Goldberg said he isn't too worried,
because for the most part, the
Wolverines have won the necessary
two out of three doubles matches in the
past. But he was still pleased that the
Wolverines managed to sweep all three
matches on Sunday.
"Especially with all three doubles
teams, it's how we won that was impor-
tant," Goldberg said.
Ohio State had started on the right

foot with a 4-3 win over Texas El
Paso, but fell to Michigan State, 5-2,
and then fell even further in the lop-
sided loss to the Wolverines.
But the Buckeyes will get no rest
- they travel to Santa Barbara
tomorrow.
Michigan, on the other hand, has
this week off before traveling to
Indiana for next Sunday's contest
against the Hoosiers.

year he was a finalist for the ECAC best
defensive forward award.
"I definitely have a responsibility to
take care of my own end," Apps said.
EASY CHOICE
It is Apps' physical presence behind
the Tigers' blue line that has made him a
fixture on the ice for Princeton. Yet his
small size initially enabled him to con-
sider a college career.
At 16, Canadian hockey players must
decide whether to turn pro and enter the
minor league system or wait and try to be
recruited by an American university.
The choice was simple for Apps, who
stood as tall as 5-foot-6 and weighed 160
pounds.
He continued to play for his high
school, Upper Canada College.
In order to compensate for his diminu-
tive stature, he had to increase his physi-
cal strength and thickness.
Apps then grew into a hefty six-foot
frame and attracted the notice of Cahoon,
among other college coaches.
"He is real physical on the ice," Horst
said. "He can get on defensemen and
hold them off (the puck). Most people
don't notice that he is a pretty good
forechecker."
Cahoon and the rest of the Tigers will
need Apps to continue his solid play at
both ends of the ice as the team enters the
NCAA regionals.
And if there comes a crucial faceoff
late in a game on which the season rests,
everyone knows the Tiger who will be in
that circle: Syl Apps.

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