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win, with a goal and an assist. Beitel's
goal, which was set up off a corner
kick, was assisted by Laurie Peterson.
Freshman Abby Crumpton added an
insurance goal in the second half.
Crumpton and Beitel are tied for the
team scoring lead, with eight goals
Junior Carissa Stewart added to her
record setting total of career victories
between the posts for Michigan. She
also achieved her fifth shut-out of the
Michigan still has a small hope to
attain a share of the conference title,
and that hope lies in the Ohio State
Buckeyes. The Buckeyes will face
Penn State (8-0-1, 12-2-1) on Friday,
trying to spoil the Nittany Lions from
gaining an outright title.
Penn State clenched at least a share
of the Big Ten title with two wins this
weekend. Friday the Nittany Lions
overcame Northwestern, 4-1. They also
beat Michigan State yesterday, 3-0.
Women's swimmers prepare
for big meets down the line
By Brian Galvin
For the Daily
Exhausted from weeks of intense
training, the Michigan women's
swimming and diving team lost twice
to ninth-ranked Florida this weekend.
The losses came in a dual meet
with the Gators on Friday, and the
Early Bird Invitational relay meet, in
which the Wolverines finished sec-
ond, on Saturday.
While the Wolverines didn't win
either of the meets at Canham, they
were nonetheless pleased with the
caliber of the performances they
turned in. With their big meets sched-
uled for February, and several swim-
mers looking forward to Olympic tri-
als in the summer, the Wolverines
were satisfied swimming solid times
in the midst of heavy training.
"I thought we competed well in the
pool," Michigan coach Jim
Richardson said. "If we can compete
with teams like Florida early in the
season, it gives me confidence for
later in the season."
Richardson noted that, although
dual meets are important, his focus is
on winning the bigger meets in the
"If we take care of training in the
fall and don't compromise training
every time we have a meet we'd like
to win, we'll be fine in the long run,"
The Michigan training philosophy
is to swim tired through the regular
season and peak at jut the right time.
"We weren't looking to win," said
Laura Kaznecki, one of 17 Midhigan
freshmen. "We're looking for the
The long run for Michigan doesn't
just include the Big Ten and NCAA
Championship meets in the spring.
Several Wolverines have already
posted qualifying times for the
Olympic trials, and many others are
within striking distance.
"When kids come to Michigan,
part of the dream is to make the
Olympic Games," Richardson said.
"Our preparation is geared toward
giving them that opportunity."
Richardson noted that several
Wolverines should compete in the
Olympic Trials, and there are a few
with a better than average chance to
go to Sydney.
Shannon Shakespeare, who com-
peted for Canada in 1996, Missy
Sugar, Jennifer Crisman, and fres
man Traci Valasco are among thos
that could swim for the gold next
Five Wolverines won individual
events on Friday, including
Shakespeare (200-meter Individual
Medley), Sugar (200 Free), Crisman
(50 Freestyle), Lindsay Carlberg (200
Backstroke) and Valasco (200
Breaststroke). Shakespeare was two-
one hundredths of a second away f(.
a second win in the 400 freestyle. i
On Saturday, the Wolverines won
seven of the I1 relays. Three
Michigan freshmen collected at least
one win, with Valasco, Kaznecki, and
Erin Abbey gaining valuable experi-
ence in addition to gold medals. That
kind of depth has Richardson cau-
"We have better depth in some
areas than in others," he said. "Of
distance swimmers will get better.4
With four months until the Big Ten
championships and almost a year
until the Olympics in Sydney, the
young Wolverines have more than
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The Michigan soccer team missed out on a golden opportunity to clinch a share of
the regular-season Big Ten championship, losing to Wisconsin yesterday, 3-1.
A lost opportunity
With its first conference loss of the season yesterday at Wisconsin, the
Michigan soccer team needs a Penn State loss on Friday to Ohio State in
order to tie for the Big Ten regular-season title. Here are the Big Ten
standings as of yesterday:
1. Penn State
4. Ohio State
7. Michigan State
Big Ten Record
'M' men down Florida at Canhani
By Rohit Bhave
For the Daily
The Michigan men's swimming
team began its fall season with a
home victory against Florida, 141-
102. The Wolverines received sig-
nificant contributions from Junior
All-American Chris Thompson in
the 800-meter freestyle; as well as
the 400 freestyle. Sophomore Tim
Siciliano finished behind Thompson
in the event, followed by senior Mike
McWha, as Michigan swept the
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek is
excited about the team's prospects
this season, unique because it serves
as a preparation for the Olympic tri-
als as well. He notes that they will
train more for long-course events,
using training more conducive for
the larger 50-meter Olympics pools.
"We hope to do well in Olympic-
style long course meets because we
feel that we have the type of swim-
mers that can take advantage of the
additional technical emphasis that
the 50-meter pool requires,"
Swimmers that Urbanchek high-.
lights for the upcoming Olympics
include Thompson, ranked third in
the world in the 800 freestyle, as
well as Siciliano, the 1,500 Pan
Pacific freestyle champion.
Top contributors also include
Garrett Mangieri, the 1998 prep 100
freestyle national champion, as well
as fellow freshman Paul Ely, a win-
ner in Friday's 200 butterfly and
Tony Kurth, 200 individual medley.
Thompson is very excited about
this season, hoping to reclaim
Michigan's standing atop the Big
Ten, a standard that the Wolverines
slipped from last year in their injury-
ridden third place finish.
"Our training has been outstand-
ing, and I think that the Olympic tri-
als in addition to the NCAA's will
serve as tremendous motivation
throughout the season," Thompson
The Wolverines' performance in
NCAA meet will depend on a strong
presence in the distance freestyle
events, as well the IM and breas-
troke. In the past, a weakness h
been in the relays, but Thomps
hopes that the addition of Kurth, as
well as other strong sprinters will
enable Michigan to win this year.
A new benefit to the 1999 team is
a newly renovated Canh m
Natatorium, a facility that
Urbanchek believes to be one of the
nation's finest. This will be a large
improvement from last year, when
the Wolverines had to train at vario
high schools and community pool
"This year, our guys won't have-to
waste time getting to practice,"
Urbancheck said. "Having practice
at Canham allows us more time for
rest, for studies, and for down time. I
think it is a large positive for our
team this year."
Upcoming meets for the tegm
includes Eastern Michigan on OCt.
29 in Oakland, and Michigan State
later that day at Canham Natatorit,
as well a showdown against national
power Stanford at Canham *in
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