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Thursday, December 2, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 11A

The Daily Grind =
Nudity as
o lace in
eate
as eball
ree fashion advice to Rutgers
basketball players: Layers.
Lots and lots of layers. Yes, if
u made the Scarlet Knights
uKd, you're probably a better free
rdw shooter than I am, but the
rys couldn't hurt.
case you missed it, three for-
er Rutgers
udents, two josh
layers and a .
am manager, Kleibaum
e suing the
hool.
Wyhy?
they claim
atcoach
~nB annon ~~~
d them to
lay a strip free APOCALYPSE
roes. contest. Now
Hence the
ye'rs.
I've never played strip free throw
fare, which is probably a good
in - I'd lose awfully quickly.
Ithough the game could be fun in
e fight setting, with the right peo-
e (i.e. Heidi Klum), no one should
be forced to take their clothes
especially not by a basketball
ach who holds their starting
ot, playing time and education in
s bands.
The game, apparently, is pretty
mle: you miss a shot, you take
fan article of clothes.
What happened to the good old
ys, when the raciest basketball
s got, was when you missed
hots in Horse and your friends
lied you a Ho?
Two years ago, then-Rutgers
int guard Earl Johnson, center
shSankes and student-manager
an Carlos Pla say they played a
r more sinister game.
"I just stood there and didn't
ani to do it," Pla said in a press
nference. "I remember the coach
as at a table with a cigar in his
@h laughing."
Bannon didn't deny that the game
er took place, he just said it was-
t mandatory.
"No one was forced to remove his
othes," the coach told The Record
Hcktensack (N.J) in August,
hel the story was first reported.
Maybe Bannon didn't force them
do it. Maybe he didn't threaten
e udents.
dJohnson and Sankes needed
eir athletic scholarships to pay
eir tuition, and Pla received credit
wards his tuition. There may not
ve been an ultimatum, but in that
uataon, the threat is implied.
Just creating the game is enough
warrant Bannon's dismissal. No
e inventing pornographic drills
s a y~business coaching any sport
any lvel.
Rutgers is inexplicably stand-
its coach. He told school
icials that the drill wasn't
andatory and that players and
aches were standing around,
ghing about it.
Does that make it acceptable? At

tgers, apparently so.
Since the lawsuit has no chance
holding up in court, the
iversity said it's sticking by its
aybe the students won't win the
it, but it doesn't make the game
ht. Rutgers is more concerned
ith its bank statement than its stu-
nts.
What if Brian Ellerbe, a Rutgers
aduate himself, ran a similar drill
Michigan?
There's more wrong with the situ-
ion than the horrifying mental
e of a player standing stark
at the free throw line, tossing
another brick.
What about the psyche of these
- and 20-year-olds? Standing in
nt of a group of men, bare-assed,
ter losing a game which is sup-
sed to showcase his talent, while
s coaches and teammates are
ughing at him, can't be the most
couraging event in a young man's
t Bannon apparently likes his
ayers bare-assed. According to
hnson, he didn't just have them
aying this strip-poker-on-crack,
had them running naked sprints.
Johnson and Sankes both trans-
rred to other schools. In the suit,

M' swimmers compete for
national glory at U.S. Open

By Benjamin Singer
Daily Sports Writer
Several members of the Michigan men's
swimming team will represent more than just
their university as they swim for team USA at
the U.S. Open in San Antonio, Texas. The meet
begins tomorrow and runs through Saturday.
In the Open's 14th year, the meet will host
most of the top swimmers from both the United
States and Australia - the two countries that
participated in last summer's Pan-Pacific
Championships.
The difference between the two meets is that
the U.S. Open also extends invitations to swim-
mers from other nations, including the
Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Belgium and
Romania.
International competition is nothing new for
the Wolverines. Last summer, Michigan junior
Chris Thompson won the bronze medal in the
1,500-meter freestyle race at the Pan-Pacific
Championships with the fastest time recorded
Red, White and
Current and former members of the Michigan
swimming team will be competing for team US
this weekend's U.S. Open in San Antonio. There
they will face competition from all over the wor
including the Netherlands, Japan, Canada, Be i
and Romania. A look at the Wolverines that wl
the busiest this weekend.'.

by an American since 1984.
Thompson, an All-American, who was
named last week's Big Ten swimmer of the
week, will swim in the 200 and 400 free.
Sophomore Tim Siciliano has participated in
the 1998 World Championships, 1997 Pan
Pacific Championships and 1999 Pan
American Games.
Siciliano brought home the gold medal in
the 1,500 free in the Pan American Games.
Siciliano will be swimming in the 400 free and "
400-meter individual medley race.
Tom Malchow, a 1999 Michigan graduate K4' , j'y,
who now swims for Club Wolverine in Ann
Arbor, will also be in San Antonio. He will besm g f e av n te n
swimming in four separate events this weekend.,*'.
Malchow broke the American record in the
latter at the past Pan Pacific Championships,
recording another gold medal for Michigan.
Malchow was also a part of the 800 freeP
rela tea tht tok scondplac aginsttheFILE PHc
relay team that took second place against the Tim Siciliano and several of his Michigan teammates will be swimming in the U.S. Open which begins
Australians. tomorrow in San Antonio.
Women migrating to Texas before break

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Swimmer
5 Tony Kurth
0 Mark Leonard

Events
100 Fly, 100 Free,
200 Fly, 200 IM, 400 IM
200 Free, 400 Free,
400 IM, 1500 Free

By David Horn
Daily Sports Writer
What are you doing over Christmas break?
If it's hanging around Ann Arbor to swim,
you must either be crazy or on the Michigan
women's swimming and diving team. But for
a program that aims to maintain its competi-
tiveness year after year, Michigan cannot
take breaks for the holidays.
The fourth week in January brings meets
against Rice, No. 11 Northwestern, and No.
22 Notre Dame. In an effort to keep its form
between a Nov. 19 dual meet against
Clemson and Ohio State, Michigan will
compete in two meets this weekend - the
Texas Invitational in Austin and the Eastern
Michigan Invitational.
Fourteen swimmers will compete in
Austin, while seven stay in Michigan. The
14 making the trip south include senior
Shannon Shakespeare, sophomore Lindsay
Carlberg, and juniors Jennifer Crisman and
Melissa Sugar.
Each will attempt to post times that are
good enough to qualify them for the nation-

al meet, to be held in Indianapolis in mid-
March.
"This is a good opportunity for those girls
to earn qualifying times," said Michigan
assistant coach Stephanie Kerska. "We're
not concerned about our national rankings
right now. Our focus now is on getting per-
sonal season-best times - for the girls at
Texas and also for the girls staying here."
Kerska also expects particularly inspired
performances from freshmen Traci Valasco
and Erin Abbey.
Each can earn a consideration for a
national bid as they battle some of the top
teams in the country in Austin. No 2
Arizona, No. 9 Southern Methodist and No.
12 Texas will be among the competition for
the ninth-ranked Wolverines.
"We feel that to do the best job, we may
sacrifice ranking," Kreska said. "We don't
worry about (rankings) until it gets closer to
nationals. Last year we were beat in dual-
meets by teams that shouldn't have beaten
us.
"But it's a matter of being'disciplined dur-

ing practices, and staying determined as we
continue training. You don't want to lose the
integrity of your workouts."
There are a number of factors that deter-
mine which swimmers make the trip down
south to the Lone Star state and which make
the trip down Washtenaw to Ypsilanti. Class
and test schedule are the chief factors, but
preparation and experience also play a part
in the decision.
"The competition in Texas will definitely
be better," Kreska said. "Those who don't
need to compete at that level right now will
stay."
The Wolverines will return from Texas,
and continue their training as the end of the
semester brings finals and stress. The time
will be used to help coach Jim Richardson
finalize his lineup before the intensity of the
spring season.
For the Michigan swim team, Christmas
activities don't include skiing in Colorado
or sledding at the local golf course - they
include long, arduous hours at the pool,,,.
preparing for a highly-anticipated spring.

N Tom Malchow* 100 Fly, 200 Fly,
200 Free, 400 Free
* Malchow graduated from Michigan last year, and will be at
the U.S. Open swimming for Club Wolverine.

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