The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 3, 1999 - 11A
NCAA sets new
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - High
school athletes will now have an eas-
ier time meeting academic standards
that allow them to play college
A new set of NCAA rules will let
high schools determine whether ath-
letes have fulfilled course require-
ments for college eligibility.
The decision means that many ath-
letes who had been denied scholar-
ships in the past will now be able to
qualify for them.
A committee of the governing
body recommended the change last
spring, and the NCAA Division I and
membership recently approved the
The NCAA eliminated certain
parts ofthe course requirements,-giv-
ing high school principals more lati-
tude in setting the agenda. The
change takes effect immediately.
The old rules were much more
stringent and allowed the NCAA to
determine what were acceptable
* For example, one previous regula-
ion disqualified social studies cours-
es that devoted more than 25 percent
of classroom time to current affairs
or independent study.
"We've become more generic in
defining those academic criteria,"
Bob Oliver, director of NCAA mem-
bership services, said yesterday.
orida may have
est recruit class
Some of the nation's most promis-
ing prospects agreed with the Florida
eoach on vetserday, becoming baby
Qiators on the first day high school
tars can sign letters of intent.
"We did get most all the guys we
Went after this year, -Steve Spurrier
"A few weeks ago, I didn't think
we were recruiting enough players to
sign 21 or 22.
But it seemed like they all wanted
to come play for the Gators this
With an incoming class led by
quarterback Brock Berlin, USA
Today's offensive player of the year,
All-American linebacker Darrell Lee
and a flurry of impressive last-
inute signees, Florida came out the
winner in Recruiting Wars 2000.
SIX DEGREES OF SUBMERSION
By Sam Duwe - Daily Sports Writer
Jim Richardsont eyes light up when asked about
his girls. Beaming with a paternal pride, the
swimming coach discusses in his soft southern
drawl the Mecca of swimming, and of the
Wolverines who hope to make that grand pilgrim-
age. He speaks of September, of Australia, of the
In order to take that ultimate journey and
become one with history, Michigan's women
must certify their ability to swim with the
elite. The first part of the gauntlet has been
completed with six swimmers stroking fast
enough times to qualify for Olympic Trials -
the proving grounds for a respective county's
"To be able to swim in your country's
Olympic Trials is a tremendous honor,"
Richardson said. "If you look at the number
of women that start in the sport and then the
percentage of those who make it to the/
Olympic Trials, you'll find it's very small
These girls will probably be ranked in the top
50 swimmers in the world."
Richardson cannot begin to express how.
much of a feat it is to make it to the trials. Y
"These trials are very, very special because
they're only held every four years," JenI
Richardson said. "The timing has to be right
for a person in their development, for if they peak in
a non-Olympic year, they may get slower and not
make qualification for trials. There are so many vari-
ables, everything had to come together perfectly for
these women to make it to this point."
For six of the Wolverines, everything has come
together, all variables are defined and the pilgrimage
has been set.
Erin Abbey's fantasy since the age of nine has
always been to swim in the Olympics, but her dream
was to make the trials.
"It wasn't until I came to Michigan and swam in
the Texas Invitational back in December that I real-
ized that dream," Abbey said. "I could not be more
excited than to have done it as a Michigan
When the freshman backstroker qualified, it was
with "astonishment and disbelief." A star at her high
school in Cleveland, Abbey came to Michigan this
year to hone her skills and maximize her potential.
"I will just be honored to be part of the whole trial
experience,' Abbey said. "It will be exciting for me
to just be swimming in the same meet as those that
will end up representing our country in Sydney. I
don't have any plans to make the Olympic team. I
am just excited to compete."
Traci Valasco, a freshman breaststroker, came to
Michigan as a four-time high school state champion.
"I am very excited but nervous to swim in my
home state and the pool that I have competed in my
whole life," Carlburg said.
A sophomore backstroker, Carlberg qualified for
Trials the summer before her freshman year as a
Wolverine. She has set high goals for this summer,
and will give it her all to achieve them.
"I hope to make the final heat in my event,"
to prepare," Sugar said.
Jennifer Crisman is another seasoned veteran,
qualifying for the 1996 trials.
"The first time I qualified I was completely sur-
prised," Crisman said. "My first trials were definite-
ly filled with overwhelming anxiety, but now I am
more focused. I have had the cut for a while."
Swimming freestyle, backstroke and fly,
the six time junior All-American plans to
make a run at the Olympic team.
"Hopefully I can swim with the best
America has to offer," Crimson said.
"Of course everyone hopes to be in the
Olympics some day. I have that dream, also.
When August comes, I just hope to put Diy
best on the line and go for it ... then I'll ell
ya where I'll be."
Shannon Shakespeare's fellow potential
Olympians will compete for the Stars and
Stripes. But the Maple Leaf is her inspira-
Swimming for Team Canada in the 1996
Olympics, the Manitoban resident finished
in 17th place in the 100 freestyle.
Da7iy "We have a lot of talent on our team, but
Shannon has the most potential for making
it to the Olympics and doing well;"
The Olympic Trials can almost be considered "old
hat" for Shakespeare.
"It's a little bit more comfortable the second tine
through," Shakespeare said. "I feel like I have quite
a bit more experience and I feel like I'm more pr--
pared with my racing strategies and where-I'm at
"I'm looking more towards the actual Olympics,'
Shakespeare said. "I don't think the challenge lies in
making the team, but trying to improve my time
from '96. This year I would like to be in the top
That's top eight in the world.
Olympic Trials will be held at the end of May for
the Canadian team, and mid-August for the
Americans. These six women will bring with them
an aura of self-confidence and humbleness, great
respect and fierce competitiveness and pride for rep-
resenting their country. For whether it is for Canada
or America, breaststroke or freestyle, all have one
thing in common. All are Wolverines.
Crisman joins five other Wolverines in a quest for Olympic status.
She would like to leave an Olympic athlete. This too
is her first shot at the world.
"It is really a great honor to be considered an elite
athlete and to even be mentioned with many of the
swimmers who will be attending this meet" Valasco
Valasco has kept a calm demeanor though.
"I am not really nervous for the meet," Valasco
said. "I'm more excited to be swimming at this level
Keeping a realist view with a positive attitude,
Valasco awaits Trials with awe and respect.
"There are so many great athletes at that meet and
so few chances to qualify for the Olympics that it is
not something I can really expect to do" Valasco
said. "This is my first time at a trials meet and I'm
just happy to be able to participate."
Lindsay Carlberg will feel right at home at this
summer's Olympic Trials.
Held in Indianapolis, the trials are a short drive
from Carlberg's hometown of Carmel, Indiana.
Carlburg said. "That would be a great accomplish-
"I know that Jim Richardson has been preparing
us well for the trials in August, and he will prepare
us well for the competition. Until then I will just be
training and focusing on my goals."
Missy Sugar has done this before. The four-time
All-American junior participated in the last Olympic
Trials swimming sprints.
"When I was 15 it was one of my first really big
meets," Sugar said. "I saw all the really big
Olympians and I was overwhelmed."
Four years and thousands of hours of training later,
Sugar's outlook is positive.
"I think I have improved," Sugar said. "My times
in practice have been getting much faster."
Although trials are fast approaching, Sugar's main
goal along with the entire teams is doing well in Big
Tens and NCAAs.
"Our training is aimed at the events coming in the
next few months, I'll have the summer in Ann Arbor
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For centuries, the number 13, with
its unlucky connotation, has instilled
fear in the hearts of man with leg-
ends that can be traced back to
While the stories of misfortune
and unusual occurrences may be
bunk, the fact is, enough people buy
into the superstitions to make them
Many hotels don't have 13th
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rows and Friday the 13th has even
made movie headlines.
So, you can imagine Michigan
freshman forward Mike
Cammalleri's chagrin when he was
forced to wear 13 as a 7-year old
playing pee-wee hockey on an 8-year
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No. 13. But interestingly, the vast
majority of those players are origi-
N.Y. Rangers' Valeri Kamensky and
the Canucks' Artem Chubarev.
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North American superstition - or
perhaps it just worked out that way.
Regardless, when Cammalleri first
began playing hockey, he said
Philadelphia Flyer Kenny Linseman
was the only player brave enough to
sport the number.
Cammalleri jokingly recalls that
the only memory he had of Linseman
was seeing him score on his own net.
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start, "as time went on, I had a great
season," Cammalleri said. "Ever
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Several of the Michigan players
will attest that a number is more than
digits on the back of a jersey.
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Andrew Merrick, the numbers three
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tions to their fathers who wore those
numbers in the NHL.
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Michigan, Gassoff wore No. 20, but
switched to No. 3 this season when
Bubba Berenzweig graduated.
Numbers almost become synony-
mous with a player - as any athlete
knows, perhaps the greatest honor is
having his number retired by the
team he sacrificed for.
Many of the Wolverines wear the
numbers they wear because those
numbers represent their development
as a player.
could even say that I obsess with the
number. A number means a lot to a
player. It is the number on the back
of your jersey, but it's a lot more than
Players have a connection with
their number that they feel is deeper
than the back of the jersey."
In Michigan hockey, nine is per-
haps the most storied digit. Players
from Red Berenson to Brendan
Morrison wore it as Wolverines.
Now Mark Kosick, who has
become one of the team's leading
scorers, bears the weight of carrying
on the tradition.
INJURY REPORT: It has been a
rough week for the Michigan hockey
team as Kosick and fellow junior
Geoff Koch both sustained injuries
that make them questionable for this
weekend's contests against Ferris'
Kosick sprained a knee in the third
period of last Saturday's game with
Ohio State and is not expected to
play. Koch suffered back spasms
after practice on Tuesday, but should
dress for Friday's contest.
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