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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, November 16, 2000 - 13A

S artans aside, Texas
rstles into Canham

Michigan currently owns the fastest
times in the Big Ten in eight separate
events this season. The Wolverines have
done especially well in their strengths
- freestyles and relays.

Pool to shine seven times over
Olympic medalists compete as M' hosts top-ranked Longhorns

Ey Steve Jackson
}tily Sports Writer
A visit from Michigan State does
ot carry the sense of rivalry in
,wimming that it does in the other
"They just don't have the talent to
ottipete with us right now,"
kichigan women's swimming coach
im Richardson said frankly. "They
re well coached, and they will give
strong effort, but Texas is the team
!e are most concerned with."
- "We feel like we are going into a
fight wearing Milkbone under-
vear with Texas and Michigan from
scoring standpoint," Michigan
tate head coach Jim Lutz said. "We
re doing some major overhauling
With the program and we still have a
vaysjto go."
The Michigan women battle both
cams tomorrow at 3 p.m.
The Wolverines will also swim a
;scoring match against Texas,
tOrday at 9 a.m.
Texas already has lost to
'isconsin - a team that beat
ichigan 150-144 on Oct. 27 at the
outhern Methodist Classic.
The seventh-ranked Longhorns
ill be packing some star power on
heir trip to Ann Arbor, headlined by
(eniorfreestyler Colleen Lann - an
l-American in seven events last
"She's hotter than a two-dollar pis-
in=Detroit right now," Richardson

said. "The only competition she'll
have here will be the clock and the
pool. We just don't have that kind of
Texas' freestyles are also boosted
by senior Erin Phenix - an Olympic
gold medalist for the U.S. in the 400-
meter relay in Sydney.
Michigan also boasts a gold
medalist of its own in Samantha
Freshman sensation Tealin
Kelemen will look to continue her
winning ways on the board for
Kelemen is undefeated thus far in
her collegiate career. But she will
face stiff competition this week from
last year's Big 12 diving champion
Kristen Marquis of Texas.
While both teams have a number
of big-name swimmers, this match
up of two top 10 teams may be dic-
tated by the lesser-knowns.
"Everv race counts," Richardson
said. "In a matchup as close as this
one is on paper, everyone needs to
step up and swim above and beyond
their potential.
"Any time you have a chance to
compete against a team with as much
talent and tradition as Texas, you
need to be at your very best."
Texas diving coach Matt Scoggin
echoed Richardson's thoughts.
"Both teams have strong traditions
in swimming and diving," Scoggin
said. "Texas knows that this will be a
tough meet."

Event Time
50 23.10
100 50.80
500 4:50.58
1,000 9:52.53
200 medley
200 freestyle
400 freestyle
800 freestyle

Jennifer Crisman
Samantha Arsenault

By Kristen Fidh
Daily Sports Writer
Seven Olympic-medal winners will
be in the pool. Two Olympic coaches
will be on the deck. No. 1 Texas and
the No. 12 Michigan men's swim-
ming team will convene in Canham
Natatorium tomorrow and Saturday
for a dual meet in the midst of a
heavy season.
Six of those medal winners come
from Texas, which is favored to repeat
last season's NCAA Championship.
"We tell our guys that. it's easy to
swim fast against lesser competition,"
Michigan's assistant coach Eric
Namesnik said. "But the good teams
rise up, and when the chips are down,
the good swimmers step up there and
face that challenge."
The teams are very similar --
loaded rosters of talented swimmers,
experienced coaching staff who share
duties in assisting the American
Olympic team and goals of racing at
an impeccable level.
"At that level, it becomes very
friendly, more so than the Big Ten
level," Michigan coach Jon

Urbanchek said. "There is a lot of
camaraderie between the kids as they
have lived together, trained together
and competed under one flag instead
of under just a university name. It
makes it more fun."
Michigan's bronze-medal winner
Chris Thompson competed two weeks.
ago for the first time since Sydney
against Georgia and Florida and won
each of his events. His performance
this week is expected to score points
for Michigan.
Excelling in the breaststroke,
senior captain Scott Werner has been
performing well all season.
Unfortunately, his partner will stay
dry tomorrow and Saturday due to
injury. Junior All-American Jeff
Hopwood and Werner are an extreme-
ly powerful duo in the breaststroke
races, but Hopwood will be nursing a
groin injury.
Junior Tim Siciliano will have a
chance to race for the first time this
weekend, as he has been dealing with
a shoulder injury. Sophomore Garrett
Mangieri, although suffering from a
hand sprain, will also race, but under
painful conditions.

Despite the injuries, the Wolverines
are a strong team and they aren't
planning to crumble under the pres-
"We're not going to just sit here
and let them roll all over us, sim-
ming up and down the poal,"
Namesnik said. "If you are just going
to curl up and give in to the competi-
tion, then you probably shouldn't be,
The Longhorns, headed by Eddie
Reese, are an award-decorated herd.
Senior Nate Dusing is a 21-time A1I-
American and a five-time NCAA
champion. Likewise, Matt Ulrickson
holds the title of Big 12 Male
Swimmer of the Year.
Texas heads to Ann Arbor coming
off a Big 12 meeting in Kansas where
the team captured the conference
relay title on Oct. 27.
"On paper, on land and in the
water, Texas is favored to win this
week," Urbanchek said. "The score
might be lopsided, but I think the
competition will be very keen.
"Besides that, where else are you
going to see seven Olympians with
medals all in one pool?"

Since its last home meet,
Michigan has posted two strong per-
Two weeks ago, the Wolverines
gavethen-No. 9 North Carolina a
challenge in Chapel Hill despite
placing a number of swimmers in
secondary events.
And this past weekend, Michigan
topped No. 2 California and No. 22
Penn State in dramatic fashion at the
Continental Classic in Houston.
The recent success has yet to
impress Richardson.
"We are still very much a team in
transition"- Richardson said. "We
aren't at the level that we need to
reach in late January. Our race tempo
just isn't where it has to be yet.
"I was pleased with the mindset
that those 10 girls showed us the last
couple weeks, but we need to have
that 100 percent across the board.
That, should be ingrained in the fab-
ric of this team."


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