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8B - The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - November 9, 1998

Women's swimming
sticks to battle plan

By Jon Zemke
Daily Sports Writer
For most sports, fall is the prime of
playing time.
The Michigan women's swimming
and diving team only looks at the fall
as a preseason to what really counts -
the winter season.
Michigan traveled to Chapel Hill,
N.C., this weekend to compete in the
Carolina Invitational. The Wolverines
were as successful as they cared to be,
taking only one of three dual meets,
losing in the process to Big Ten rival
The Wolverines triumphed over the
southernmost team of the four by
defeating South Carolina, 234.5-
135.5. Michigan lost to host North
Carolina (208-162) and the Gophers
"We really weren't going to worry
about winning meets and losing meets
first semester," Michigan swimming
coach Jim Richardson said. "Our focus
was going to be on training.
"We are in the middle of really hard
training right now, and our goal was to
train hard last week and we'd take the
leftovers at the swim meet."
Several strong personal perfor-
mances were handed in by the
Wolverines, taking three of the 10
NCAA consideration times that were
recorded over the weekend.
But the team took its leftovers from
the swim meet after its hard week and
made improvements, Richardson said.
"I'm more focused right now on
where we are in our training, the
consistency of our training and mak-
ing improvements weekly with
respect to the kind of aerobic perfor-
mance," he said. "That's where we
are right now."
Individual victories for Michigan

included sophomore Jen Crisman, who
won the 50-meter freestyle with a time
of 23.33, to earn her a NCAA consid-
eration time standard. She also took
second in the 100 backstroke (56.89)
and 100 freestyle with a 51.42, nine
hundredths of a second off the win-
ner's time.
"I think (Crisman) had some really
good swims this weekend,"
Richardson said.
Junior Shannon Shakespeare won
the 100 freestyle, and took second in
the 100 breaststroke, registering a
1:03.59, an NCAA consideration time
In the 200 freestyle, sophomore
Missy Sugar scored a 1:50.23 first
place finish and NCAA consideration
time standard.
Sugar was also a member of the 800
freestyle relay, which finished second
with a time of 7:28.30.
The rest of the relay includes
Shakespeare, Jennie Eberwein and Jen
"I think (Sugar) had a really good
weekend," Richardson said. "She was
really fast. She had some health prob-
lems last year that she got straightened
out. She had a really good summer of
training this last summer."
Michigan's 200 freestyle relay team
contributed a time of 1:35.42, allowing
them to come away with a victory.
Shakespeare, Arndt, Eberwein and
Crisman made up that relay team.
The Wolverines diving squad didn't
have as distinguished an outing, as its
only top three finish was by Jill Unikel
(245.70), who placed third in the 3-
meter springboard.
A few of the Wolverines will enjoy
the next weekend at home, because the
next stop for Michigan will be the Big
Ten All-Star on Nov. 14.

Captain Andy Potts and the Michigan men's swimming and diving team split a pair of tough southern meets on the roa
open up the 1998-99 season.
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Men fall to Georgia.
By Michael Shafrir
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's swimming
team strapped on its traveling shoes
this weekend and headed south for a
pair of dual meets against Florida
and Georgia.
The Wolverines were able to sal-
vage a split on the road. Michigan
downed the 19th-ranked Gators 128-
115 on Friday night before going to
Athens and falling to sixth-ranked
Georgia 135-108.
Of the two meets, Michigan
knew that Georgia would give them
the most trouble, Michigan assistant
coach Eric Namesnik said.
"On paper Georgia is the better
team," Namesnik said. "We swam
well in both meets. We knew that we
had the better chance against
Senior All-America Tom
Malchow and sophomore All-
America Chris Thompson were the
team leaders this weekend, each
winning two events in both meets.
"They are two of our best and
most experienced swimmers,"
Namesnik said. "We expect them to
be winning and look for them to
,arry a lot of the weight and win

their events."
Thompson's top performance of
the weekend came in the 1000-yard
freestyle against Georgia.
His 9:00.57 set a Georgia pool
record and beat his closest competi-
tor, fellow Wolverine Mike McWha,
by 10 seconds.
Malchow, a co-captain, dominat-
ed in the 200-yard butterfly and 200-
yard freestyle events.
Against the Bulldogs, he
achieved NCAA consideration time
standards in both events with times
of 1:47.32 and and 1:38.92, respec-
Michigan ran into trouble in the
sprint freestyle events, as the
Wolverines were swept in both
meets in the 50- and 100-yard
"It's an area where we suffer
from a lack of depth," Namesnik
said. "We are relying heavily on the
freshmen we've brought in, and they
are steadily improving."
Namesnik added that the goal of
the sprinters is to be ready for the
Big Ten and NCAA championship
The other glaring weakness in
the Michigan squad is in the relay

after winning season opener on roa

events. The Wolverines fa
win a relay event this weeker
"Right now it's a weakn
we've been working on it and
improving," Namesnik said.
Both the freestyle events,
relays need to be in top form
championship season, where
with strong relays and teany
traditionally do well, Na
The Wolverines like sch
tough meets early in the
because it better prepares th
the tough Big Ten season, Na
"It really helps at the end
season when we face these
guys at championships," Na
Michigan is looking to tak
opportunity they can to
against tough comp
Namesnik pointed out.
If the Wolverines are t
future meets, they need to cc
improving, especially it
freestyle events.
"We can't dwell on the los,
we have to look at them as le
experiences, especially for the
men," Namesnik said.

ends fai
season for
M' tennis*
By Nick Fizen
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan tennis team entered
the Regional Rolex tournament in
East Lansing with a lot of confi-
dence. It left the tournament with
even more.
The Regional Rolex tournament
featured all of the best players from
the region. The singles draw consist-
ed of 96 players and the doubles draw
was made up of 64 teams.
In order to receive a place in either
of the draws, players were selected
w ~upon their records. Out of the maxi-
mum six invitations a team was
allowed, the Wolverines received an
impressive five invitations.
The maximum amount of doubles
teams one school could enter was
aFLE HOTO three. Michigan got invitations for
two teams. Few teams entered more
players than the Wolverines did.
Matt Wright was Michigan's only
seeded player at No. 12. In Wright's
first match, he defeated Western
Michigan's top player 7-6, 2-6, 6-3.
Wright lost his second match to
Adam Felkirk of Minnesota in a
tough three-setter 6-0, 5-7, 6-3.
Wright's second match had some
past history attached, as both Wright
id and Felkirk knew each other from
their many matches in the junior@
level in their hometown of Wichita,
iled to John Long won his first match
nd. against Eastern Michigan's Jason Yue
ess, but 6-3, 6-4. Luck was not on Long's side
i we are in this tournament as he next drew
first-seeded Ryan Sachire of Notre
and the Dame.
for the Long lost in a tight match 6-3, 6-
e teams 4. Sachire was not only seeded No. I
n depth in the tournament, but is ranked num-
mesnik ber two in the nation.
Michigan coach Brian Eisner said
eduling he spoke to Sachire, who told him
season that his match with Long was the
iem for toughest match he had had thus far
mesnik this season.
Michigan's Henry Beam beat
J of the Iowa's Peter Mandic 7-6, 6-0 in his
e same first match and then lost to the 14th-
mesnik seeded player Doug Bohaboy of
Northwestern 6-1, 6-3. Again
e every Michigan had another bad draw, as
swim Beam drew the talented Bohaboy, a
etition, semifinalist in the Big Ten tourna-
ment last year.
to win Michigan's Will Farah won his
ontinue first match against Greg Tranquada of
n the DePaul 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. In the second
round, Farah beat the seeded
ses and Muhammad Dakki of Western
earning Michigan 6-4, 7-5. Farah then lost to
e fresh- the No. 9 seed Chris Jones of Purdue@
6-3, 6-3.
Dan McCaine defeated Fernando
Garcia of Western Michigan in his first
round match 7-6, 7-5. He then lost to
Illinois' Cary Franklin 6-3, 6-3.
"I am pleased with the results as
nd's the team won all the matches that
they were supposed to win, won a
sing, match we weren't supposed to win,
or the and played competitively in the
. matches with seededvplayersy ;Eisner
frst saIn the doubles matches the team of
t hree Farah and Brad McFarlane thrashed
d. Iowa's pair of Beutikofer and

Cleveland 8-2, then drew the number
one seeded team in Illinois' duo of
rst Franklyn and Freelove and lost 8-1.
I Notre McCaine and Wright won their
und. first match against a Western Illinois'
duo 8-2. They then lost in a tight
iin match against Illinois' second dou-
Lost bles team of Laski and Sontag, which
sin was seeded No. 2, 9-7. The
Wolverines actually had two match
points before losing the close one.
in The Rolex Regionals marks the
end of the fall season. Because the
j . NCAA prohibits more than eight
id weeks of practice for the fall season,
i the the Wolverines will not be holding
any more practices until after
stern Christmas.
first But in the meantime, the players
o sets. are encouraged to stay in good shapeO
and practice their games without the
coaches. The team "made a lot of

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Really Rolex
The results from this weekei
Rolex Regionals in East Lan
the peak of the fall season f
Michigan men's tennis team
Matt W tt: Defeated Weste
Michigan in three sets in the
round. Lost to Minnesota in a
set match in the second roun
John LoIg: Defeated Eastern
Michigan in two sets in the fi
round. Lost to the top seeded
Dame player in the second ro
Henry Beam: Defeated Iowa
two sets in the first round. t
to Northwestern in two sets
the second round.
Will Farah: Defeated DePaul
three sets in the first round.
Defeated Western Michigan
two sets in the second roun
Lost to Purdue in two setsi
third round.
Dan McCaine: Defeated We
Michigan in two sets in the
round. Lost to Illinois in tw
in the second round.

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