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10A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, January 18, 2001

No. 2 Ohio State has second chance at Blue

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By Adam McQueen
Daily Sports Writer
Coming off victory at the Windy
City Invitational, the Ng. 1 Michigan
men's gymnastics team returns home
this weekend to face No. 2 Ohio State.
Saturday's meet will open the
Wolverines' 2001 home schedule at
Cliff Keen Arena.
The two teams faced each other last
weekend in Chicago, with the
Wolverines taking the first-place title
and the Buckeyes placing third in the
competition.
Michigan outscored the Buckeyes in

four of the weekend's six events with
Ohio State placing ahead of the
Wolverines in only the

The teams met four times last sea-
son, splitting the series 2-2. The
Buckeyes took both regu-

vault and high bar.
Saturday's best
matchup between the
two top-ranked teams
appears to be in the still
rings. Michigan's Scott
Vetere and Ohio State's
Daren Lynch tied for
first in the event last
weekend. Senior
Buckeye Jamie Natalie

SATURDAY
CLIFF KEEN ARENA
Who: No. 1 Michigan (6-0)
vs. No. 2 Ohio St, (2-2)
When: 7:00 p.m. Saturday
Latest: Top-ranked Michigan
looks to repeat against the
No. 2 Buckeyes in its home
opener.

lar season meetings, and
the Wolverines prevailed
during the postseason
competitions.
Making things even
more difficult for the
Buckeyes, they must per-
form two nights in a row,
opening their home sea-
son Friday against

the fact that the team is focused on
having fun, which will prevent the No.
1 ranking from posing a distraction,
It proved to be a successful strategy
last weekend, influencing all of the
gymnasts to step up their routines.
Dehr turned in a surprising win on the
parallel bars to counteract the unex-
pected faltering of All-American Kris
Zimmerman in that event.
"With all of the preseason injuries
we have had, it was good to see every-
one come together and open up with a
win," Dehr said. "We stepped up on a
number of events. It was a good sign of
things to come.

will also be

tough on the floor exercise. He took
first in the event in Chicago.

Illinois-Chicago.
Both Michigan coach Kurt Golder
and senior tri-captain Tim Dehr stress

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Olympian Ray debuts at Cliff Keen Friday

By Naweed Sikora
Daily Sports Writer

Tomorrow is the day that the Michigan women's
gymnastics coaches, team members and fans have
been waiting for. Freshman Elise Ray, captain of
the 2000 Olympic U.S. women's gymnastics team,
will make her highly-anticipated Michigan debut at
Cliff Keen Arena when Michigan hosts Iowa and
Minnesota.
Ray was forced to miss the first two meets of the
season because of a non-binding contract that she
signed to compete at the professional level before
the season began. Still, Ray does not feel that the
time she missed was a total loss.
"I wasn't quite ready to compete at the beginning
of the season," Ray said. "This way, I got a little
extra time to regain my form."
The addition of Ray will strengthen a well-bal-
anced team that has already proven its ability to
dominate. The Wolverines are coming off an
impressive victory over Oregon State last Friday at
home.
Michigan received impressive performances
from several gymnasts in the win. Karina Senior,

Calli Ryals and Bridget Knaeble finished in the top
three spots for the all-around competition.
Sophomore Janessa Grieco also performed well,
finishing second in both the vault and the floor
exercise.
The Wolverines will once again need their stars
to excel this weekend if they hope to capture wins
over both opponents. Iowa is coming off a first-
place finish at the Michigan State Invitational in
which the Ilawkeyes defeated both Michigan State
and Eastern Michigan.
Minnesota began the season with an impressive
victory over Ohio State, before dropping its next
meet to No. 4 Utah.
With a win over Penn State in the Super Six
Challenge to open the season, the Wolverines are
1-0 in the Big Ten, but only 3-3 overall.
Ray hopes that she will be able to help in this area
by contributing her skills and talent to the team.
"I still feel like I have a lot to learn," Ray said.
"This is very different from anything I have ever
done before, so I just want to go with the flow right
now and see what happens. In my gymnastics roles,
I hope to help out the team by performing well and
getting high scores."

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BRANDON SEDLoF,diy
The No. 13 Michigan women's swimming team hits the water every morning for
practice at 6 a.m. Saturday's meet against Ohio State doesn't begin until 4 p.m.
Morning workouts
mean success for'M

BRANDON SEDLOFF/Da y
Elise Ray, captain of the U.S. women's gymnastics
team, makes her debut for Michigan tomorrow.

Top teams highlight tough weekend for hoops

By Brian Druchniak
For the Daily
No. 17 ARIZONA AT No. 20 SOUTHERN
CAL
TOMORROw, FOX SPoRTs 10:30 P.m.
In a showdown between Pac-10 con-
tenders, all the intangibles tip the scales
towards the Wildcats. With both coach
Lute Olson and
senior leader Gene ACROSS THE
Edgerson returning T
today, the Wildcats TOP 25
should begin to
resemble the team that Dick Vitale
drooled over in the preseason.
Olson has been missing-in-action
since the death of his wife of 47 vears,
Bobbi, and his return should stabilize the
Arizona team.
Southern Cal is bolstered by the return
of explosive scorer Jeff Trepagnier, who
missed the first 12 games of the season
due to an NCAA-imposed suspension.
Preseason All-American center Loren
Woods is finally hitting his stride for the
Wildcats, averaging 15 points and 10
rebounds during a two-game stretch last
weekend. Add that to the return of Olson
and Edgerson's superfly "fro", and
Arizona runs away with this one.
Arizona 87, Southern Cal 72

OHIO STATE AT No. 3 MICHIGAN STIE
SUNDAY, CBS 1 P.m.
Unfortunatly, it's unlikely that some
higher power will decide to make the
world a better place by smiting both
teams at the Breslin Center on Sunday.
There's always hope, but if the game
goes on, here's the deal: With center/for-
ward Andre Hutson battling pneumonia,
Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is
unsure whether the solid senior, with
13.2 points and 7.7 rebounds-per-game,
will be able to play.
Ohio State's behemoth roster. with six
players 6-foot-8 or taller, could put a
strain on Michigan State freshman cen-
ter Zack Randolph and sophomore Al
Anagonye in Hutson's absence.
In the end, superior guard play, a rau-
cous - and largely illiterate -- Breslin
crowd. and another big game from Jason
Richardson will allow Michigan State to
edge the Buckeyes on Sunday.
Michigan State 62, Ohio State 60
No. 2 DUKE AT GEORGIA TECH
SATURDAY, ESPN NOON
This matchup could turn out to be far
more interesting than it looks at first
glance. Georgia Tech, picked to be one
of the worst teams in the ACC, has

A LONG SHOT?
How they match up:
Duke Georgia Tech
Ranking 2 unranked
Record 16-1 10-6
Pts/game 93.9 79.4
F et rG. .511 .447
3-Pointers/Gm 10.4 9.4
Opp. Scoring 68.2 71.4
Scoring margin 25.7 8.0
proven to be a dangerous, but schizo-
phrnic team. Before a dismal offensive
performance in a 72-60 loss to North
Carolina State Jan. II the Yellow
Jackets stunned No. 9 Virginia and No. 6
Wake Forest in consecutive ACC upsets.
The X' factor in this game is 3-point
sniper Shaun "Sinn" Fein, whose long-
range bombs have been hitting more nets
than Orangemen - and I don't mean
Syracuse - for a 42.6 percent clip this
season. If he gets hot, the Blue Devils
could find themselves in a dogfight.
That said, Duke, showed it is not an
easy team to upset Tuesday night, weath-
ering a gutty first half by No. 25 Boston
College before pulling away to a 97-75
win. Senior Shane Battier leads a talent-
ed Duke team with an offense run by the

nation's premier point guard in Jason
Williams.
In a shootout, giant-killers Georgia
Tech will catch Duke off guard for
another huge upset.
Georgia Tech 90, Duke 86
No.9 SYRACUSE AT No. 19 SF ON HALL
SUNDAY, ABC 3:30 P.
The toughest conference in the nation
right now is the Big East, and these two
teams represent contenders for the con-
ference crown.
Seton Hall has hit a rough stretch late-
ly, dropping three of its last four games.
Freshman Eddie Griffin is hands-down
the best all-around freshman in the coun-
try, contributing 19.5 points, 12.8
rebounds and five blocks per game.
Andre Barrett and the Barklev-esque
Darius Lane are also players to watch.
Syracuse also has solid offensive per-
formers in junior shooting guard Preston
Shumpert and senior Damone Brown.
Both teams share one thing in com-
mon - they have each only beaten one
top 25 team this season, and in each case
it was the overrated Notre Dame. But
Seton Hall coach Tommy Amaker
always finds a way to drop the big
games, and he will do so again.
Syracuse 78, Seton Fall 70

By Steve Jackson
Dlydll Sports Voter
Under the cover of darkness, the
Michigan women's swimming team
begins its daily training every winter
morning.
Coach Jim Richardson is the first
to arrive at 5:15 a.m. But after 15
years of leading the Wolverines,
Richardson is used to the hours.
"I' enjoy getting up at 4:45,
Richardson said. "When you have
girls that want to be here, it makes
the job a lot better."
Richardson considers this year's
bunch one of his top two or three
favorite teams to have guided.
"We have had faster teams,"
Richardson said. "But these girls put
in tremendous hours of very physical
training and still do very well in
class."
A typical week involves a mini-
mum of 23 hours of pool time. That
workload takes a toll on some of the
swimmers.
"I love morning workouts," yelled
junior Kathleen Gilbert from across
the pool. After a short pause she
added, "Find some way to put the
sarcasm in there."
Distance swimmers have four
morning sessions per week. They
swim between eight and 10 miles per
day. Life.isn't much easier in middle
distances. Three two-a-days per
week and swimming nearly seven
miles per day is rough on the ath-
letes.
Even the sprinters are required to
attend two morning sessions and
swim over five miles on each of
those days.
These 6 a.m. workouts might
break the average college student,

SATURDAY
PEPPE AQUATic CENTER
Who: Michigan at Ohio State
When: 4 p.m. Saturday
Latest: The No. 13 Michigan women's swim
team faces its second consecutive Big Ten foe
on Saturday when the Wolverines visit Ohio
State. Michigan defeated Illinois easily (182-
156) this past weekend at the Wolverine
Invitational - despite key injuries to Olympian
Samantha Arsenault and Jen Ardnt.
but most of the swimmers had only
positive things to say about their
winter mornings.
"These are good for you,"
Samantha Arsensault said. "But you
have to work hard, or it is just a
waste."
Like Richardson, many of the ath-
letes have been conditioned for these
hours over many years.
"Most people at this level of com-
petition have been swimming early
in the mornings since they were 13,"
assistant coach Stephanie Kerska
said.
Even after all those years, co-cap-
tain Missy Sugar can still get burned
out.
"You get used to them, to a point,"
Sugar said. "Where it really hits me
is at about 9:30 or 10:00, when I am
sitting in lecture. Sometimes after a
really tough day I might even crash
at 8:00."
The sessions may be rough, but
the coaching staff employs a number
of methods to keep everyone awake
and motivated.
Deep Purple's "Smoke on the
Water" blares over the loudspeekers
as the team breaks its meeting and
hits the water.
In one morning workout the team
may enlist the services of snorkels,
kickboards, flippers (hands and
feet), elastic bands aid weight belts.
Sometimes they even swim drag-
ging 10 gallon buckets behind them.
"We bring out all the toys for
morning workouts." Kerska said.
The 13th-ranked Wolverines will
get more sleep before they face the
Buckeyes this weekend.
Their Saturday meet in Columbus
won't start until 4 p.m.

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