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The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 18, 2001- 9A

ISugar, Kelemen
receive awards
Melissa Sugar of the Michigan
women's swimming team and Tan
Kelemen of the divin& team were
selected as Big Ten Athletes of the
Week after impressive performances
t the Wolverine Invitational this past
Sugar, a senior co-captain, won
both the 100- and 200-meter freestyle
races and also was part of four win-
ning relays for the Wolverines. The
freshman Kelemen earned her award
after finishing second in both diving
events with scores good enough to
meet the NCAA zone diving require-
ments for the year.
Michigan used the scores of the two
ecognized athletes to tally a victory
ver Big Ten rival Illinois, 182-156.
- Staffreports
Camby suspended
for five games
NEW YORK (AP) - Knicks center
arcus Camby was suspended for
Five games and fined $25,000 by the
NBA yesterday for trying to sucker
punch San Antonio's Danny Ferry.
Ferry, who had poked Camby in the
eve, was suspended for one game and
fined 57,500.
Camby's wild, roundhouse punch
did not strike Ferry because Knicks
coach Jeff Van Gundy stepped
between them at the last moment.
Camby's head collided with Van
undy s, opening a cut above the
coach's left eye that required about a
dozen stitches.
Van Gundy said he thought the
punishments for Camby and Ferry
were excessive.
He got five games for not hitting a
guy," Van Gundy said on WFAN. "I'm
not here defending Marcus' actions. I
said he was wrong, but the crime does
ot fit the punishment. Nobody's ever
otten five games for that kind of
thing. No player got hurt."
Camby's outburst occurred after
Ferry hit him the eye while he and
Ferry jostled for rebounding position
in the fourth quarter of New York's
104-82 victory on Monday.
Mets' owner
criticizes Selig
PHOENIX (AP) - Baseball's pro-
posed competitive balance draft drew
criticism from one of the large-mar-
ket teams yesterday as owners began
to consider plans to reshape the
sport's economics.
"I personally think it's an outrage.
It's a sham," New York Mets co-
owner Nelson Doubledav said. "It's
everything baseball shouldn't be for"
4 Adopting a recommendation from
the "owners' latest study committee,
commissioner Bud Selig's staff pro-
posed the new draft in which teams
with the eight worst records in the
previous three years would be able to
choose one player left unprotected by
the teams with the eight best winning
Each of the top teams could protect
25 players in their organizations.
Doubleday, whose team is coming
jff its first National League pennant
since 1986, strongly opposes the
draft, the most-talked about of the
proposals owners received last month
from the commissioner's office.
"What you're saving is you don't

have to scout. We'll do that for you,"
he said. "Why spend money on scout-
ing when you can take eight of our
best players, or four of them or two of
, Faced with some opposition, it
was unclear if Selig would bring the
plan to a vote.
While the meeting originally was
scheduled to last two days, some
owners said Selig was thinking about
ending it last night.
Prep star posts
100-point game
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Dajuan
Wagner became the first high school
player in 22 years to score 100 points
in a-game - a feat that brought ques-
tions of poor sportsmanship from the
losing coach.
Wagner is one of the most touted
high school basketball players in the
country, and has signed to play for
Using a full-court press throughout
the game, Camden High School beat
overmatched Gloucester Township
Technical School 157-67 on Tuesday
"What bothered me was that they
ressed us the whole game,"

Looking for aces

Two key tankers ailing

Young netters looking
to slam into season

By Seth Klempner
Daily Sports Writer

singles spots last year and consistently
faced the opponents' best players. .
Michigan coach Bitsy Ritt expects
Tipernini and Nolan, ranked No. 48 and
No. 58 by the ITA, respectively, to step
in for Lund and Hart.

While the Australian Open is kick-
ing off the Grand Slam tennis season,
the Michigan women's tennis team is
getting into the swing of
things - starting with a ToM(
match against Bowling VARSITY TE
Green. Who: Michiga
The Wolverines have Green
been dormant since when: 6 p.m.
ending the fall season Latest: Michig
with a successful show- 2001seasont
ing at the International nationally-rank
Tennis Assogiation
Midwestern Re'gional Championships
- which they hosted on Nov. 2-7.
Michigan had three players in the
tournament's 64-player main draw. Two
Wolverines freshmen Kavitha
Tipernini and Chrissy Nolan -
advanced to the round of 16.
It will be crucial for the younger
players to continue their impressive
play as Michigan deals with the losses
of Danielle Lund and Brooke Hart.
Lund and Hart played in the top two

an vs. Bowling
gan begins its
boasting two
ked players.

Ritt also expects the
upperclassmen to fill the-
vacated leadership roles.
"They have experi-
enced it, they know what
it's like to go through the
season and play week
after week," Ritt said.
"They can help us be
ready, emotionally and

psychologically, for every match and
provide enthusiasm and energy"
Energy and enthusiasm are trade-
marks of Ritt's coaching. Her positive
energy has led to 16 successful seasons
at Michigan and helped her capture her
200th career victory last season.
"We will know where we stand and
what we have to work on much better
once the season gets started and we can
see how we do against competition,"
Ritt said.

Senior Szandra Fuzesi is expected to
fill a leadership role this season.
2001 Women's
Tennis Roster
Name Year
Jennifer Duprez So.
Marya Farah Sr.
Szandra Fuzesi Sr.
Joanne Musgrove So.
Christine Nolan Fr.
Kimberly Plaushines Fr.
Alison Sinclair Sr.
Lisa So Fr.
Kavitha Tipirneni Fr.
Jennifer Vaughn Jr.
HEAD COACH: Bitsy Ritt
1999-2000 RECORD:
10-12 Overall, 3-7 Big Ten
2001 Men's
Tennis Roster

By Kristen Fidh
Daily Sports Writer
Two weeks of arduous training, even
when spent in Hawaii. presented more
of a toll on the Michigan men's swim-
ming team than the expected fatigue.
While on the island, freshman Dan
Ketchum pulled his shoulder muscle,
leaving him tattered for the competi-
tion on Jan. 5 and 6 against Stanford
and California.
After swimming near his personal
best two weeks ago, sophomore
Garrett Mangieri returned to Ann
Arbor to find a friend's car buried in
snow. Helping to push the vehicle out,
Mangieri pulled a hip muscle, inhibit-
ing him from practicing this past
Possibly with out Ketchum and
Mangieri, the team's two top point-
scorers, No. 9 Michigan (1-4) begins
its Big Ten schedule this weekend with
a dual meet against Penn State and
"I'd say it is a 50-50 chance for
either of them to compete," Michigan
assistant coach Eric Namesnik said.
"With those two guys out of the line-
up, it is going to be extremely difficult
for us. It isn't impossible to win with-
out them - it just means that we are
going to have to have a couple other
guys step up."
Friday's competition will be a non-
scoring matchup with No. 23 Penn
State. Lengths not raced during struc-
tured dual meets, only in the NCAA
tournament - such as the 1650-meter
freestyle - will be swam as a practice
for the national competition.
Saturday, Purdue will join the,
Wolverines and Nittany Lions in the
water for a competition that has the
potential of making or breaking
Michigan's confidence.
"We swim the top teams in the

country, and we are hoping that the
Big Ten competitions will come a little
bit easier so we can get back into our
comfort zone," Michigan coach Jon
Urbanchek said. "Now with these two
having unexpected injuries, we"are
really going to have to work as a team
to pull this one off."
Michigan's major downfall thi sent
son, as it has been in recent years, is
the performance of its relays. Though
the medley relay of Jason Mailory,
Josh Hack, Paul Ely and Mike Porth
raced its season's best time ag'ainst
Stanford, all the quartets mustpull
their energies together.
"It's really a mental thing for the
relays," Namesnik said. "At one point
in time, we haven't had all four guys
firing on all four cylinders, and to have
a good relay we need to have allfour
individuals firing together and.,o g
well together."
Neither of Michigan's conference
foes have an exceptionally talented
roster. Unlike the Wolverines, among
whom are Olympic bronze-medal win-
ner Chris Thompson and All
Americans Scott Werner and "Tim
Siciliano, Penn State and Purdue do
not have as much ability to compete at
the NCAA level, forcing them to focus
on the Big Ten competition.
With the possible absense of
Mangieri and Ketchum, Michigan will
face even more of a challenge than
usual against midwestern rivals this
weekend. The Wolverines could very
well further insure its losing record.
But the challenge may also be
ground for energizing mid-level swim-
mers that have yet to experience racing
in the limelight.
"Our two top dogs are out, so soie-
one is going to have to rise above,"
-Urbanchek said. "For that reason, I am
excited to have this dual meet - so we
can see who can step it up."



tennis seeks

repeat in opener

By Albert Kim (kf, jls, sbo)
Daily Sports Writer
There will be a slight hint of nostal-
gia for Michigan coach Mark Mees at
the Varsity Tennis Center Sunday when
his team opens the season against
Western Michigan.
In last season's opener, the
Wolverines beat Western Michigan and
gave Mees his first victory at
After a year of adjustment to their
new coach, the Wolverines hope to
repeat the result.
"I definitely feel more comfortable
with him this year - I'm sure all the
other guys on the team feel the same,"
sophomore Jeremy Edelson said.
No. 29 Michigan has won the past
two dual matches against Western
Michigan, 6-1 and 6-1. Last year, the
Wolverines finished with a 16-7
record, advancing to the second round

Who: Michigan vs. Western Michigan
When: Noon
latest: Last season, Michigan beat the'
Broncos 6-1. In their first dual match of
the season, the Wolverines battle the
defending MAC champions.
of the NCAA regional.
Western Michigan comes in this sea-
son as the defending Mid-American
Conference champions, and the No.
72-ranked team in the country. Some
may think of the Broncos as a pushover
for Michigan, but the Wolverines don't
believe so.
"Western is one of the better teams
in the MAC, and since it's the first dual
match of the year, everyone's going to
be a little nervous," sophomore Chris
Shaya said.
Several Michigan players are
bogged down with injuries, most

Brett Baudinet
Henry Beam Jr.
Ben Cox
Jeremy Edelson
Anthony Jackson
Danny McCain
Greg Novak
Chris Rolf
Chris Shaya


M' Track honors Red
in home invitational

1999-2000 RECORD:
1&7 Overall, 6-4 Big Ten
notably sophomore Chris Rolf with an
inflamed elbow. His status for Sunday's
match is uncertain. Greg Novak suf-
fered a similar injur last weekend, but
has been practicing this week.
Sunday's opener marks the first of
five-straight nonconference home
matches. And all the nostalgia in the
world won't help decide the first break

By Shawn Kemp
Daily Sports Writer
Amidst the bustle ofrunners,jumpers,
coaches and fans in Michigan's indoor
track building, an
ordinary passerby. SATU
can get over- INDOOR TRA
whelmed. What: Red Simmons I
But to a man of When: Field events be
short stature with a events at noon
tuft of red hair, the Latest: Ken "Red" Sim
scene is anything host tothe meet whic
but unfamiliar. Ken
Simmons, known to Michigan's track
community simply as "Red", not only
embraces the track community - he
helped create it.
Simmons, who turned 91 two weeks
ago, started the first Ann Arbor Women's
Track Club in 1960. The Michigammes
produced seven national champions, and
the runners fed into Michigan's first
women's track team in 1976 - coached
by Simmons himself
He continues to aid Michigan's track
programs, timing races and overseeing
the progress of home meets. In recogni-
tion of all of his contributions to the pro-
gram, Michigan will host its 21st annual
Red Simmons Invitational on Saturday.
Michigan track coach Ron Warhurst is


looking for some improved perfor-
mances, especially in the distance ents,
over last weekend's loss to Indiana.
Mike Wisniewski, Mark Pilja" and
Tom Greenless, three of Michigan's top
- distance runners,
RDAY will have the addi-
K BUILDING tional factor of tal-
tational ented competition
n at 9:30, Running to fuel their races.
An elite distance
ons, 91, will play running club, spon-
bears his name. sored by Hanson's
Running Shop; will
race in the invitational in preparation for
the World Cross Country
Championships in Washington this
"When there is more competition,
people come around" Warhurst said. "If
they want to pin their ears back and put
their noses in it, they will compete, and
they will run fast if they compete."
Teams from Eastern Michigan,
Michigan State, Central Michigan,
Toledo and Bowling Green will join
Michigan Saturday as field events begin
at 9:30 a.m. and running events take place
at noon.
And in the middle of all the chaos will
be the host himself, equipped with an
official stopwatch, Big Red.

Wrestlers sharp for national test

By Nathan Linsley
Daily Sports Writer
Students are rarely excited about
midterms. The school year progresses
just fine, with challenges interspersed
here and there, until the dreaded exams
draw near. And then, all at once, the big

The team is refreshed and ready fol-
lowing the weekend, which was sched-
uled to maintain weights, keep the team
in competitive shape and fine-tune indi-
vidual moves.
"It was a good break," junior Andy
Hrovat said. "Lehigh and Penn were a
tough weekend and then we had this past
weekend to get back into
7EEKEND things. Now it's all
AN CENTER uphill."
n(7-0) at the The tournament draw

test is around the corner.
Midterm time has come
for the Michigan wrestling
team, but unlike the usual
college student, the squad
is ready.
The National Duals
Invitational takes place this
weekend in State College,
and the Wolverines will be
in a field consisting of 16
teams - 12 ranked in the
top 25 in Division I and the

Who: Michiga

National Duals Invitational
When: 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.,
Saturday and Sunday
Latest: The Wolverines face
12 top-25 teams and the
Division11, 111 and NAIA

will be announced on
Friday, but the
Wolverines, by virtue of
being one of the top eight
teams in the nation, are
guaranteed to not face
another top-eight team
until the second round.

- great program. Without a question,
the number one wrestling program in the
Michigan is hoping to build on its dual
meet success this season which has led
to a 7-0 record, including three wins
against ranked opponents.
"The key to this weekend is how these
guys as individual wrestlers approach
their matches," he said. "If they go in
with the right intensity and wrestle hard
for seven minutes, I think good things
could happen."
Regardless of the outcome this week-
end, the Wolverines will have to regroup
quickly in preparation for the Big Ten
schedule, which opens a week from
Friday at No. 2 Minnesota.
"We are getting into the tough part of
the season, the grind, and from here on
out, it is just one tough team after anoth-
er," McFarland said.
This weekend marks the first chance
for the Wolverines to get a shot at the
four best teams this season - Oklahoma
State, Iowa, Iowa State and Minnesota.
"We have to go into it with the right
mindset, and the right approach," he
said. "These guys have responded to
every challenge that has been thrown
their way so far this season, and this
could be a huge challenge for us."


from Division II, III and the NAIA.
The only unranked team heading into
the double-elimination meet is the host
Nittany Lions, who defeated No. 10,
Lehigh this past weekend.
"It will be a good test for us,"
Michigan coach Joe McFarland said.
The Wolverines must prepare for the
tougher competition after the Wendy's
Classic Duals last weekend, when they
shut out three overmatched opponents.

If the Wolverines win on Saturday
morning, they will most likely draw
Iowa, the defending national champions.
The Hawkeyes are 9-1 on the season,
with their only loss coming to No. I
Oklahoma State.
"That will be a good test because
they're real tough in the lower weights
- their first five guys are studs," Hrovat
said. "The rest of the guys are good, but
not as proven as their first couple guys."
McFarland said: "They're a great team



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