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SportsMonday - December 6, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - 58-

Dreaming of Dolan: Current
swimmers face ghosts of past

By Brian Galvin
Daily Sports Writer
Buoyed by the presence of former
Wolverine swimming legends, the
Michigan men's swimming and div-
ing team turned in several shining
performances at the U.S. Open in
San Antonio this past weekend.
The Wolverines competed against
Michigan alumni, including world-
record holder Tom Dolan, Olympic
silver medalist Tom Malchow and
world champion Marcel Wouda.
"It's encouraging to see them
swim," freshman butterflyer Paul
Ely said. "You know they swam in
the same program, and they turned
out pretty well."
Ely competed against Malchow in
the 200-meter butterfly, which
Malchow won with a meet record
time of 157.16.
Wouda followed suit in the 200
individual medley, also setting a
meet record en route to a win.
Although motivated by the perfor-
mances of their predecessors, the
current Michigan swimmers were
not in awe of them.

The Wolverines posted six top-20
individual finishes against interna-
tional competition, three of them
coming in the 1,500-meter freestyle.
Junior Chris Thompson led a fleet
of Michigan speedsters with a sev-
enth -place finish, followed by
sophomore Tim Siciliano in 12th
and senior Mike McWha in 19th.
In the three relays, four Michigan
relay teams placed in the top 20,
highlighted by a sixth-place finish
in the 800 free. Thompson,
Siciliano, freshman Garrett
Mangieri, and senior Scott Meyer
combined for the most impressive
Wolverine performance of the week-
end.
"It's a tradition for Michigan to
have a strong 800 relay," Mangieri
said. "I'm just happy to be a part of
it."4
The meet was an opportunity for
many Wolverines to test themselves
against the same kind of competition
they hope to face at the Olympics in
September. Most of those expected
to win medals in Sydney competed
in San Antonio this weekend, giving

Michigan's Olympic hopefuls a
chance to see where they stand
against the top swimmers in the
world.
Adding to the intensity of the
competition was that many swim-
mers treated the U.S. Open as their
biggest meet of the year.
These athletes were shaven
smooth to cut down on drag through
the water, and had tapered off their
workouts to be well rested for the
weekend.
Michigan swimmers, on the other
hand, are in the heart of their work-
out schedule, which is geared toward
the Big Ten and the NCAA
Championships in the spring.
"We were swimming pretty tired,"
Ely said. "We didn't get much of a
break."
Despite their success against some
of the world's best, the Wolverines
aren't looking too far ahead to the
Olympics or even the NCAA meet.
"Our goal is to win the Big Ten
championship here in Ann Arbor,"
Mangieri said. "We're not looking
past that yet."

FILE PHOTO
Shannon Shakespeare is poetry in motion when she jumps in the pool. Shakespeare and the rest of the Michigan women's
swimming team divided and conquered this weekend, in Austin, Texas and Ypsilanti.
.M' swimmers, divers unprove

By Sam Duwe
Daily Sports Writer
Sometimes experience means more
than ranking.
Not unlike American armed forces in
World War II, the Michigan women's
swimming and diving team would divide
their forces both east and west this past
weekend.
Most of the swimmers went to Austin,
Texas to participate in the Texas
Invitational, while the divers and the
remaining swimmers went a few miles
east to Ypsilanti, for extra seasoning.
The Eastern Invitational, hosted by
Sastern Michigan University, was held
Friday and Saturday. Wayne State,
Allegheny and Western Michigan were
also competed.
"We brought six swimmers," Jennifer
Arndt, Michigan's co-captain, said. "We
swam well, but scores weren't that
important. We weren't that concerned
with how we placed, instead we put more
emphasis on gaining experience"
With a predominantly freshman roster,
*he swimming lineup included freshmen
Heather DeHainaut, Brooke Smith,
Viviana Rodriguez and Lisbeth Goble.
Sophomore Kathleen Gilbert and junior
Laura Sadler rounded out the Ypsilanti
travelers.

"Everyone did well, but Viviana stood
out,' Arndt said. "She has a great work
ethic - she will be there in the future for
our team."
The Michigan divers, who did not trav-
el to Texas, ' treated the Eastern
Invitational as a way to get tournament
practice in before competition starts in
January.
Five divers competed at the Eastern
Invitational - freshmen Kelly Vander
Kuyl and Maggie Shortle, juniors
Theresa DeSitter and Amada Crews and
senior Hanna Shin.
"It was good to get a meet in before
winter break," Shin said. "It was great for
the freshmen: they gained a lot of experi-

ence."
Money was the primary reason why
the entire Michigan team didn't travel to
the Lone Star State.
"The Texas Invitational wasn't on our
original schedule; it came up very recent-
ly," DeHainaut said. "We didn't have
enough money in out budget set aside for
everyone to go."
It definitely wasn't a loss.
In a meet where experience was the
most important goal, the swimmers said
they didn't even know the final stand-
ings. But each member knows that in
January, when they leap off the platform
or the blocks, they'll be that much more
ready to win.

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