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JAEN'S NCAA
SKETBALL
(2) Duke 82,
WAKE FOREST 72
(5) Maryland at
(7) N. CAROLINA, inc.
(9) Auburn 74,
MISSISSIPPI 59
(10) MICHIGAN ST. 71,
(17) Minnesota 55

(11) PURDUE 63,
Illinois 54
(15) N. Mexico State at
SAN JOSE STATE, inc
(19) Wisconsin 61,
PENN STATE 58
(20) INDIANA 81,
Northwestern 78
(22) Arkansas 61,
MISSISSIPPI ST. 59

NHL
Philadelphia 3,
WASHINGTON 0
N.Y. RANGERS 4,
N.Y. Islanders 3 (OT)
FLORIDA 3,
Toronto 3 (OT)
St. Louis 4,
BUFFALO 2

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Thursday
January 14, 1999

5

Illue to
Go-pher
reveng~e
*Vaughn R. Klug
y Sports Writer
Atop a wave of confidence following
convincing victories over a pair of top-
25 programs in Florida last weekend, the
No. 7 Michigan women's gymnastics
team is eager to measure up against con-
ference foe Minnesota.
Ranked 18th and defending a Big Ten
championship, the Golden Gophers trav-
, to Ann Arbor tomorrow having defeat-
the Wolverines in their past two meet-
ings.
As for the impact the losses to
Minnesota have had on Michigan's
morale, senior Sarah Cain is not
dwelling on the past.
"As a team, we are just concentrating
on ourselves," Cain said. "We obviously
cannot control how Minnesota performs,
so we are just going to do the best that
we can."
Michigan coach Bev Plocki echoed
e sentiments of Cain by noting that her
squad has "put last season away and
closed the door on its disappointments.
"We are going to build on motivation
we gained in Florida and take this season
one week at a time," Plocki said.
The Wolverines credit weeks of inten-
sive preparations and a positive attitude
for their victories over No. 2 Florida and

Wolverines return to high
school to face Boilermakers

By Jon Zemke
Daily Sports Writer
In its first home meet away from
home, the Michigan men's swimming
and diving team will 'host' Penn State
and Purdue this weekend.
Tomorrow and Saturday, the
Wolverines will travel to Huron High
School to host the Boilermakers and
Nittany Lions, respectively, because
renovations of Canham Natatorium
remain incomplete.
"Not being home is not going to be
an advantage to us," Michigan men's
swimming coach Jon Urbanchek said.
But that is the least of Urbanchek's
worries.
"We have a few holes where our
competition is strong," Urbanchek said.
"Both Purdue and especially Penn State
are very strong in the sprint events."
Penn State has Dan Okoniewski,
who is the best the Big Ten has to offer
in the 50- and the 100-meter freestyle.
He has consistently been one of the Big

Ten's top swimmers.
"He is going to do a lot of damage
both in the relay and freestyle events,"
Urbanchek said.
Willy Kovacs looks to do a lot of
point scoring for Purdue. The three-
time returning breast stroke champion
has not lost to any Big Ten swimmer in
the event in three years. He's the finest
swimmer Purdue has to offer, and
poses a big threat to the Wolverines.
"He's their big gun," Urbanchek
said. "He's quite versatile. He's a breast
stroke specialist, but they can use him
just about anywhere."
The Boilermakers also have a few
threats in the distance events, including
Matt Morton, who could take some
points away from Michigan in the dis-
tance events - where the Wolverines
are the strongest.
Penn State also has a backstroke spe-
cialist named Josh Weaver, who could
sweep all the first place points from
Michigan in the back events.

"He leads the Big Ten in backstroke
events," Urbanchek said.
Brett Wilmont, Michigan's top diver,
also seems destined to sweep the 1- and
3-meter diving events. Purdue doesn't
have much of a force in the diving com-
petition, so the Wolverines will look to
Josh Trexler to shore up some points.
The meet looks to be slightly in
Michigan's favor with the relay races
evenly matched and the diving compe-
tition seemingly in the Wolverines'
favor.
"Michigan needs to swim all-out,"
Urbanchek said. "There is no room for
any mistakes."
This weekend's meet also marks the
beginning of senior weekend, which
will honor the outgoing seniors - who
will not get the chance to swim their
last home meet at home.
"We have a whole bunch of parents
coming in, but unfortunately we'll have
to look at the pool from outside the
window,' Urbanchek said.

FILE PHOTO
The No.7 Michigan women's gymnastics team is looking to turn in another strong
showing when it hosts Big Ten foe Minnesota tomorrow.

No. 25 Illinois in the season opener.
"It was very rewarding for the team td
receive their payoff for their preseason
efforts," Plocki said. "It has motivated
the team and helped better an already
healthy attitude."
An additional factor that has pro-
pelled Michigan thus far is Cain's per-
formance. The tri-captain finished sec-
ond in the all-around last week by earn-
ing a 38.500, after a first-place tie on the
floor exercise and second places on both
the vault and the balance beam.
"Sarah is an exceptional emotional
leader to this team,' Plocki said. "Her
work ethic and performance challenges
her teammates to excel."

As was the case last season, the
Wolverines are again proving to be espe-
cially skillful on the vault.
Against Florida and Illinois, Michigan
gymnasts placed in four of the top five
slots en route to a meet-high 48.775.
Nikki Peters joined Cain at the number
two spot, while Bridget Knaeble and
Chrissy Michaud also earned top scores.
Ultimately, the Wolverines feel well
prepared to face the Gophers and wel-
come the challenge they will bring to
Cliff Keen Arena.
"We have been working really hard
and we are quite excited to face
Minnesota," Cain said.

Brink could return to face Lehigh

By Chris Grandstaff
Daily Sportswriter
The Michigan wrestling team looks
to continue its ascension into college
wrestling's elite when it hosts Lehigh
this weekend at Cliff Keen Arena.
The Wolverine grapplers have made
d1 reat strides thus far this season. During
past month the Wolverines cracked
the top 25, dominated a solid Michigan
State team, won the Sunshine
Invitational and last weekend finished
second to Big Ten rival Illinois at the
Virginia Duals.
Their reward is an 1lth-ranked team
with a lot of confidence and a good
head of steam going into the Big Ten
season.
The Wolverines' success is even more
tpressive when you take into account
that they have been without freshman
heavyweight Matt Brink since Dec. 22,
when he had arthroscopic surgery on

his knee. Brink's absence ended up
being the key factor at the Virginia
Duals. Freshman Art Romence was
forced to take his place in the final
match of the championship against
Illinois and was overpowered by an
opponent who outweighed him by 50
pounds.
Brink is still questionable for this
weekend's match.
"I don't know if he'll be ready,"
Michigan wrestling coach Dale Bahr
said. "We're just going to play it by ear.
It's been about a month and he's going
to have to either go this weekend or
next."
The Wolverines are hoping to jump
on Lehigh early so that they won't need
to rely on the heavyweight position.
"We need to get off to one of our typ-
ical fast starts," Bahr said. "We're solid
all-around, but we need the guys in the
lower weight classes to do the job

they've been doing all year"
The "guys" Bahr is referring to are
senior Chris Viola, junior Joe Warren,
and sophomore Damion Logan. The
three wrestlers are a combined 58-9 this
season in the 125-pound, 133-pound,
and 141-pound weight classes respec-
tively.
The strength of the Lehigh wrestling
team lies in the heavier weight classes,
but the Wolverines are no slouch in that
department either.' Sophomore Otto
Olsen is an impressive 22-2 this season
and true freshman Andy Hrovat is 21-5.
"They're really tough in the 157-,
165-, 184-, and 197-pound weight
classes;' Bahr said. "It'd be great if we
could get a tech pin from one of the
lower weight divisions to give us a big
early lead. We've got enough fire power
in our heavier weight classes to take
care of business if we've got that early
lead."

Andy Potts and
the rest of the
Michigan men's
swimming and
diving team will
battle Purdue and
Penn State this
weekend. The
meets will take
place at Huron
High School, as
Canham
Natatorium is still
undergoing reno-
vations.
FILE PHOTO

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