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BASKETBALL BASKETBALL. HOCKEY Will he stay or will he go? Michigan junior Robert
Champonship Cleveland 97, DETROIT 3, Traylor is expected to announce his plans to enter the
Minnesota 79, TORONTO 96 Anaheim 3 NBA Draft today at a 2 p.m. press conference at
Penn State 72 CHARLOTTE 94, BOSTON 4, Detroit Murray-Wright High School. Read all about it in
NIT Consolation Milwaukee 80 Philadelphia 2 Monday's Daily.
Georgia 95, Vancouver at CAROLINA 4,
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wimming 13th after NCAA firs day ,lEi~iiB

By Jacob R. Wheeler
Daily Sports Writer
AUBURN, Ala. - You can't teach
an old dog new tricks. But you can rely
on the trusty servant to perform feats it
already knows how to do.
So, despite the Wolverines' subpar
17th-place finish in the 400-yard medley
lay during yesterday's preliminary
nd, Michigan men's swimming coach
Jon Urbanchek wasn't all that surprised
with his team's performance after the
first day of the NCAA Championships
in-Auburn, Ala. Michigan ended the day
tied for 13th place.
He wasn't upset because the
Wolverines cleaned house in the event
they've virtually patented at NCAAs the
Baseball b
conferenc
By Andy Latack
Daily Sports Writer
t doesn't happen often, but the
ichigan baseball team may have
found a sympathetic opponent. As the
Wolverines begin the Big Ten season
today .at Illinois, the Illini can relate to
the harsh Michigan winters..
And the similarities between the
teams' early seasons are striking.
Both teams were supposed to begin
th6ir conference season this past week-
end, with Michigan (6-9-1) hosting
owa,' and Illinois (10-10) visiting
chioan State. Yet. as with the rest of

past few years - the 500 freestyle.
Junior Tom Malchow and freshman
Chris Thompson each swam to record-
breaking performances in the prelimi-
nary round, and carried their success
over to - last night's championship.
Malchow took the silver and Thompson
stood just below him with a bronze.
Thompson's preliminary race was
probably the most exciting moment of
the day for Michigan. After lagging
behind at the start, he began to come on
during the middle of the race. Thompson
caught up to Stanford freshman Steven
Brown and swam the last lap neck-and-
neck with him, pulling away at the very
end.
"There's apoint in the race when you
egins
e season
the season, the weather would not coop-
erate, and both series' were cancelled.
Illinois would not sit idle, though,
hastily scheduling a doubleheader with
tiny Anderson College. The Illini swept
both games and avoided a possibly
detrimental layoff.
For the Illini, the best thing was to
keep playing. They had won four of
their past five games going into the
twinbill and have now taken eight of
their last 10. The Illini are carrying con-
siderable momentum into the start of the
conference season as Michigan visits
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say 'I'm going to start picking it up,"'
Thompson said. "So I held off until the
last 150 or so. It wasn't until then that I
saw Brown over there in lane eight. The
last 25 or 501 knew I was catching him.
If I'm even with somebody the last 25 or
50, I'm not gonna lose. I guess I've got
this uncanny ability to come back at the
end, to go all out."
Malchow's first race was a different
story. The Olympic silver-medalist dom-
inated his heat from the start, beating the
next-best by 1.05 seconds.
He barely held onto first place, how-
ever, because Arizona's Ryk Neethling
made a torrid run at the new record,
missing it by just .04 seconds during the
fifth and final preliminary heat.

The Wolverines' records were short-
lived, however. Thompson's preliminary
swim in 4:18.45 was the fastest ever in
the James E. Martin Aquatics Center, but
only until the next heat, when teammate
Malchow swam a 4:18.25.
Still, the junior didn't swim nearly
fast enough to break the NCAA record
in the 500 free. Former Wolverine stand-
out Tom Dolan still holds that honor -
another testament to Michigan's domina-
tion in the event.
"This was pretty much what we
expected," Urbanchek said. "We did
pretty well in our domain. But we do that
every year. We usually have four or five
people, so this was no big deal.'
See NCAAS, Page 10

6I
JOHN KRAFT/Daily
The Michigan men's swimming team ended the day tied for 13th place at the -
NCAA Championships.

Drop the puck

Tourney timne is
all that matters
Yesterday, I was sitting in the NCAA's pre-
Tournament media conference, listening to the
each of the six coaches speak at Yost Ice Arena.
The first things the coaches from North Dakota, Yale,
Princeton, Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan
addressed were the events of this season. Each discussed
his team's progress from the beginning of the season, the
recent performances, their goals in the postseason, etc.
These press conferences - as helpful as they are to
people like me, who need to get quotes and truckloads
of information - are a travesty of sorts.
Coaches' attempts to condense a season into a short,
minute-long splurge belittle everything that the team has
accomplished during the season.
The highs and lows, the cliche-rid-
den 'do-or-die' games or 'taking
things one game at a time'- all
of these are quickly glazed over or
soon forgotten around NCAA tour-
ney time.
How can Michigan coach Red
Berenson adequately relate - to SHARAT
those who don't know -just how RAJU
this season has progressed? Goalie Sharat
Marty Turco breaking the NCAA in the Dark
all-time victories record; the sur-
prising second-place CCHA fin-
ish; right wing Bill Muckalt becoming a feared on-ice
presence - all of these are quickly forgotten at this time
of year.
The same goes for all of the teams.
Michigan State coach Ron Mason's 800th career vic-
tory.
North Dakota's 30-win defense of their national title
this season.
Yale's surprising surge to the top 10 after being picked
in the preseason to finish 10th in its conference.
Ohio State's emergence from the CCHA's depths to its
first-ever tournament appearance.
Princeton's first time playing in the NCAAs in more
than 90 years.
Each of these teams have colorful stories of a season's
worth of struggle, hardship, victory and elation.
But'when it comes down to it, none of this matters.
Despite popular opinion, all the hard work of the season
See RAJU, Page 10

PAUL TALANIAN/Daily
Matt Herr and the rest of the Wolverines, like all the other teams in the NCAA West Regional, know
that a successful regular season would'be overshadowed by an early postseason exit.

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