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Wednesday, September 8, 1999 - The Michigan Daily - New Student Edition - 5E

Uuevara wants wins
By Stephanie Offen as AlayneI
Daily Sports Writer Heather Oc
Speaking to 3,000 fans who came out to watch lineup all s
Michigan's football team lose to Notre Dame on the Ingramn
newly installed scoreboards at Crisler Arena, Sue points a gar
Guevara made her first attempt at filling that same arena 3-point fiel
for the women's basketball season. Kipping a
* She promised an entire Nike wardrobe to a student Goodlow as
playing "Let's Go Blue" on a cowbell - so long as he a scorer an
came to every home women's basketball game and played Oesterles
that same cowbell to inspire her team. most of the
That was the theme of the season - getting fans in the The up-a
stands. team into th
Michigan tried to draw a following by rattling off nine face Wester
straight wins after its season-opening loss to Vanderbilt. "We wer
This school-record winning streak almost pushed the NCAAs," G
Wolverines into the top 25. ence for us,
But the move up in the rankings did not bring in the The Wolv
umbers Guevara was looking for. Instead, it started a enthusiastic
llercoaster ride for the Wolverines. After two Big Ten ment game.
losses, 1998 NCAA runner-up Louisiana Tech came to A win ov
Ann Arbor for Michigan's first nationally televised game chance to re
on CBS. gave them
Before the game, Guevara predicted that no matter the themselves.
outcome, it would be a win for the program. The "It givesI
Wolverines' 84-66 loss couldn't overshadow the national Junior Allis
attention Michigan received. chance for p
They had two more televised games over the season. A Michigan
road matchup with eventual national champion Purdue this already
t the Wolverines see their first full house of the season. fans a great
ven though the crowd support was not their own, the shooting bre
Wolverines used it to come close to capturing the victo- and the game
ry, and lost by just six points. Screaming
"I think we like coming down here and playing in front with onlys
of 12,000 people," Guevara said afterward. "It makes the Cummings'
team pretty competitive. It was a good awakening for the and ended th
freshmen, almost like a baptism." Next year
The freshmen were most affected by their newfound uated just o
publicity. became exp
They walked into their first press conference and sat top scorersi
behind their first nameplate with wide eyes. will lead the
But they adjusted to it quickly. And Guev
Michigan's four newcomers received a lot of attention She has alwa
throughout the season. Before their wake-up call at lower bowlo
Purdue, they had to adjust to college basketball quickly And not ju

- and fans
Ingram, Ruth Kipping, Raina Goodlow and
sterle were pulled in and out of the starting
eason.
made the greatest impact, averaging 10.4
me, third on the team. She also led the team in
d goals, and started in 22 of 28 of the games.
and Goodlow also made an immediate impact.
a strong presence in the post, and Kipping as
d defensive presence.
started the season strong, but had to sit out for
year with a stress fracture in her foot.
and-down season sent this respect-seeking
e Women's National Invitation Tournament to
n Michigan in the first round.
e all disappointed with not making the
ruevara said. "The WNIT was a good experi-
but we do have the hunger for the NCAAs."
erines were driven to victory by the large and
crowd the Broncos drew for the first tourna-
ver Western Michigan gave the Wolverines a
turn back to Crisler for the second round, and
an opportunity to draw crowd support for
us a chance to play in front of our fans,"
son Miller said afterward. "It is another
people to see us play."
State came to Crisler for an extra game in
-hot rivalry. The two teams gave Michigan
show. It was a hard-fought game, but strong
ought the Spartans back in the second half
e was even down the stretch.
g fans stood as Michigan State had the ball
seconds to go, down by a point. Becky
shot won the game 69-68 for the Spartans -
he Wolverines' season.
, they say, it will be different. Michigan grad-
one senior and its talented four freshmen
erienced sophomores. The team returns its
in Stacey Thomas and Anne Thorius, who
team as co-captains.
vara will make her plea for fan support again.
ays said it would be wonderful just to fill the
of Crisler.
ust for Crislervision.

LOUISBROWN/Daily
from sophomore Raina Goodlow and others, they might start

If the Michigan women's basketball team gets exciting playi
drawing the kind of crowds Sue Guevara wants to see.

Richardson:
rocess, not
product
By Michael Kern
Daily Sports Writer
After 12 straight Big Ten titles from 1987-1998,
five Big Ten coach of the year honors, and two
NCAA coach of the year honors, Michigan coach
&r Richardson looks like he has the same type of
ard-nose, win-at-all-costs attitude that you find in
many successful coaches - or so it seems on
paper.
For a team to achieve such limitless success in
such a short time, it must have been worked to the
bone all season by a demanding coach who cracks
the whip anytime anyone steps out of line.
So ask Richardson his philosophy on coaching
- you might be surprised to hear his response.
Rather than focus on nothing but winning champi-
ships, Richardson concerns himself with the
ocess of a season and developing student ath-
letes.
"That's not to say that I don't pay attention to the
product," Richardson said. "I just happen to
believe that the product that you get is going to be
a lot more fulfilling if your process has integrity.
"The fact that we have been able to string togeth-
er a number of championships, that's the byproduct
because our focus is on a process that has integrity
and that will yield those kind of results if you enjoy
what you are doing and you are willing to work
#ard at it."
While this past season's team was the first in 13
years to not bring home a Big Ten Championship,
the smiles on the swimmers' faces made it hard to
tell.
Michigan headed into the meet knowing it had
little chance to win with a lineup heavily depleted
by injury against a deep Minnesota team swim-
n'ging at home. But the Wolverines swam hard and
placed second in the meet.
Perhaps the finest example of Richardson's
vim-hard-and-have-fun attitude that stressed
process over product was senior Kathy O'Neill.
Despite a number of close calls, O'Neill had
never won a Big Ten title or swam at the NCAA
Championships. But with a gutsy performance in
the 400 individual medley, the senior defeated the
defending champion, Minnesota's Katy
Christoferson, by just .07 seconds in a come-from-
behind victory.
O'Neill finally achieved the goal that had eluded
her for so long. But for the Wolverines, it was not
the product, but the process of getting to that point
hat was the real story.
Another such story came from senior Jen
Eberwein, who hadachieved a great deal of suc-
cess in her Michigan career, including 14 Big Ten

Third-place finish
a rarity for 'M'
men's swimming

KRISTIN GOBLE/Da y
Missy Sugar is just one of the many swimmers to have experienced the Michigan women's swimming program
in the 15 years that Jim Richarson has been in charge of it.

By Jon Zemke
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan's men's swimming and
diving team has almost always been
a powerhouse.
A place where the best swimmers
of not only the Big Ten, but the
world, have chosen to take laps.
Watching a Big Ten swim meet is
like watching a who's who of the
next summer Olympics.
"The fall and winter looks to be a
long 12-15 months," Michigan coach
Jon Urbanchek said. "Not only
preparing for the Big Ten and
NCAA's, but for the Olympic trials
as well."
Since 1986, the Wolverines have
finished as Big Ten champions 11
times, including 10 in a row from '86
to '96.
Although last year's third-place
finish was the worst in 15 years, the
placing was deceiving.
Minnesota, the other Big Ten pow-
erhouse, finished ahead of Michigan
in second, while upstart Penn State
took the Big Ten championship. The
top three teams were only 13.5
points apart, a rareoccurrence.
But the level of competition in the
Big Ten was almost as high as that of
the NCAA Championships. At
NCAAs, Michigan finished eighth.
With the graduation of All-
Americans Tom Malchow and Andy
Potts, along with All-Big Ten diver
Brett Wilmot, Michigan has a few
holes to fill.
Especially the hole left by
Malchow, who has been Michigan's
best swimmer during the past few
seasons.
But Michigan looks to reload
instead of rebuild.
The Wolverines boast All-
American and All-Big Ten swimmer
of the year Chris "Bird" Thompson.
The junior dominated the distance
events at Big Tens setting new pool
records.
Thompson can dominate the dis-
tance events yet again in the '99-'00

season.
Last year's freshman class, the
strongest in the Big Ten, can play a
bigger role on the team this winter"
Sophomores Jeff Hopwood and Tim,
Siciliano shared the Big Ten fresh-
man of the year award.
"Those two rose above the fresh-
man class last year," Urbanchek said.
Hopwood, Michigan's top swim-
mer in the breaststroke, earned All-
Big Ten honors in the 200 breast,
He'll have to compete with junior
Scott Werner, who finished a close
second behind Hopwood by .78 see-
onds behind.
In the 400 individual medley relay,
Tim Siciliano can follow in the foot-
steps of former Michigan captain..
Potts, who was one spot away from
making the '96 Olympics in the 400
IM, and Tom Dolan and Eric
Namesnik Sicliano could be just as-
good if not better.
Siciliano shows similarities, to
Dolan and Namesnik, who finished
1-2 in the 400 IM at Atlanta in '96.
Urbanchek said Siciliano "is right
where Dolan was his freshman year"-
Taking over for Brett Wilmot in,
the one- and three-meter diving, is
Josh Trexler, who placed second at
Big Tens in the three-meter.
But all of the swimming in college.
is really just a preparation for the
Olympics.
Dolan could reclaim gold in the
2000 Sydney games in the 400 IM
Siciliano might also claim one of the
spots for the U.S. team because .his.
time at NCAAs last year was second.
only to Dolan's time.
Potts is also still mulling over
another attempt at cracking the
Olympic team's lineup.
Malchow can also improve on his
silver-medal showing in Atlanta.
when he tries out for the team agaip.
He is ranked third in the world in the
200 butterfly.
Barring a repeat of the sickness.
that plagued him last year, he has a
good shot at making the team.

titles and 14 All-America honors.
Before the Big Ten Championships, Eberwein
had struggled, sitting out most of the season with
Epstein-Barr syndrome. Throughout most of the
season, it was questionable whether she would
even be ableto return in timewto compete at Big
Tens.
But the All-American did not simply compete in
the championships - she won the 100-yard
freestyle, an event the Wolverines swept 1-2-3, and
also swam as part of three Big Ten-title winning
relay teams.
Once again, it was process over product.
This season, the Wolverines return four All-
American swimmers and six who were namedto
the All-Big Ten team.
Leading thattcast will be senior Shannon
Shakespeare. Shakespeare enters the season with
20 All-America and honorable mention All-
America honors and 14 Big Ten titles, making her
by far the most decorated swimmer on the team.
Crisman, junior Missy Sugar, and freshman
Lindsay Carlberg are all returning All-Americans
that, combined with a strong supporting cast of

upperclassmen and a solid incoming class, could
turn in an outstanding team performance.
"There are seventeen new swimmers coming in,"
Crisman said. "That's more than there are return-
i ng."
Part of Richardson's success lies in his ability to
reload the team with outstanding athletes, year in
and year out.
But Richardson's dedication to his swimmers
and pull-no-punches style draws top swimmers
from around the country to Ann Arbor.
"He was the main reason I came here," Crisman
said. "He knows what is best for us, and he trusts
Naturally, Richardson said Michigan won't focus
on its past success but rather the upcoming season.
"I don't ever like a team to be held hostage by
the past," Richardson said, "because that can limit
you."
As the season draws near, the Wolverines will
continue to train and prepare, focusing on
Richardson's philosophy of process over product.
"The will to win is important," Richardson said,
"but the will to prepare to win is more important."

No summer off for women's cross country

y Ryan C. Moloney
aily Sports Writer
It would be easy for the Michigan
women's cross country team to sit
back and relax during the summer
months.
The Wolverines were ranked in the
top three in the nation throughout

Michelle Slater, graduated in the
spring.
Most discouragingly, the
Wolverines failed to defeat arch-rival
Wisconsin last year, finishing second
to the Badgers at the Big Ten and
Regional meets.
But the Wolverines follow a tried
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"took a hit" when they lost
Radkewich at the beginning of last
season. The sophomore transfer from
Providence last year was a premier
high-school runner but has struggled
to remain injury-free throughout her
college career. When she has been
healthy enough to compete,
ndAi-rhh bc chowvn flahes of her

who could not close the time gap
between their positions and
McGregor's.
But as everyone in the Big Ten
knows, the Wolverines no longer
enjoy the luxury of a front-runner.
Runners expected to pick up the
slack this season include Marcy
Akard, Julie Froud and Lisa Ouellet.

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