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By Kyle O'Neill
Daily Sports Writer
Gameplans are subject to change at any
second in any sport.
So when the Michigan women's swimming
and diving team made lineup syitches the
night before its meet against NT. 13 Notre
Dame on Saturday, it wasn't really a surprise.
In Michigan's 134-106 victory over No. 16
Northwestern on Friday, freshman Amy
McCullough swam a near flawless race in the
1,000-yard freestyle, clocking in at 9:57.12,
15 seconds better than her next competitor. In
fact, it was good enough to convince coach
Jim Richardson to alter his roster for the
1,650 free against the Fighting Irish.
"We had some decisions to make after (Fri-
day) night about whether we were going to
swim a lineup that was going to allow us to
maximize our full potential or whether we
were going to give somebody a chance to
qualify for NCAAs," Richardson. said. "Our
strongest meet against Notre Dame would
have been to swim McCullough in the 200
freestyle and (Emily-Clare) Fenn in the mile.
But Amy swam a really good 1,000 (free Fri-
day) night, and it was so good we had to
change things around to at least give her a
chance to try to make the NCAA mark."
The chance would be all McCullough need-

ed, as she led throughout the race and took an
insurmountable lead over her teammate Fenn,
who finished second in the freestyle mile.
With no one even close to her, McCullough
had to rely on those outside the pool to keep
her going during her final 500 yards.
"I could see Jim and (assistant coach) Ste-
fanie (Kerska) on the side of the pool, and I
was watching them get really excited,"
McCullough said. "I knew what I had to hold
to get my cut and I was really trying to hold
With 100 yards to go and the sound in Can-
ham deafening with cheers, McCullough
swam the final stretch in 28.8 seconds to give
her a NCAA automatic qualifying time of
16:28.8, which makes her one of four Wolver-
ines guaranteed to make the trip to Austin,
Texas for the NCAA Championships in late
March. The other three are Lindsay Carlberg
(200-yard backstroke), Annie Weilbacher
(100 butterfly) and Kelli Stein, whose consid-
eration time in the 200 breaststroke is a lock
for the Championships because it was just .2
seconds off from being an automatic time.
What was most impressive during this
weekend was not simply McCullough's win in
the 1,650 yard freestyle, but that she won in
two more individual events - including a
dramatic win in the 500 free on Saturday -
and was a part of two first-place relay teams.

"It was a long day today," McCullough
said. On Saturday "morning I definitely didn't
feel as good as I did (Friday). So I had to
work through that and swim through it. That's
what these meets are for, to toughen me up. In
three weeks from now (at the Big Ten Cham-
pionships), I've got three straight days of
swimming, so these get me ready to go."
Michigan (3-5), with its lineup altered and
with its swimmers fatigued from the victory
over Northwestern, was no match for the
depth of Notre Dame (7-0), which had a day
of rest going into the meet.
Though the final score of 175-124 may not
have shown it, the Wolverines kept close the
entire meet and still earned seven firsts on the
day, six by those who qualified for NCAAs.
"I thought Carlberg going back-to-back was
just steady and as solid as a rock (in the 200-
yard) backstroke," Richardson said. "Weil-
bacher came in and swam a great 100 fly and
Stein stepped up and won both breaststrokes.
Our swimmers who are NCAA-caliber were
consistent both days. I like what I saw out
there for the most part."
The Wolverines will now go into a break
period to train for the Big Ten Championships
which will be held in Ann Arbor Feb. 20-23.
They will use this time to hopefully get their
other swimmers up to the level that their four
NCAA qualifiers are at.

Michigan victory is
Golden in tiebreaker

Michigan was solid throughout Friday against No. 16 Northwestern in a 134106 win.
'M' tops Nebraska but
K falls to No. 1 Sooners

By Brian Steere
Daily Sports Writer

Despite a close scare, the Michi-
gan men's tennis team remained
unbeaten on the year with victories
this past weekend over Tulsa and
Pennsylvania at the Varsity Tennis
Center. For the second time this sea-
son, the Wolverines (5-0) did not
lose a match as they trounced the
Quakers 7-0 yesterday to complete
the sweep.
But, the story of the weekend took
place on Saturday against Tulsa.
With both teams nearly identical in
the national rankings (Michigan is
No. 44 and Tulsa No. 47), Michigan
edged the Golden Hurricane 4-3 in
an epic battle that came down to the
final match.
Freshman Matt Lockin outlasted
Dustin Taylor 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (3) at No.
4 singles to emerge as the hero.
"It feels great to clinch the win for
the team," Lockin said. "All of my
teammates congratulated me after-
wards. I actually didn't even know it
was for the match, though, because
coach (Mark Mees) didn't even tell
me, and he was so calm on the side-
lines. I thought we already had
After suffering a service break at
5-4 in the final set, Lockin stayed
poised despite opposing entourages
in the stands, who were screaming
between every point.
"I love playing in front of a
crowd," Lockin said. "It's great to
have people cheering for you out
there. I wasn't distracted at all."

Michigan jumped out to an early
1-0 lead against Tulsa by winning
two of the three doubles matches to
claim the point.
At the No. 2 spot, Lockin and sen-
ior Henry Beam took advantage of a
late service break to gain a 9-7 vic-
tory over Taylor and Ryan Livesay.
Senior Greg Novak and sophomore
Anthony Jackson clinched the point
at No. 3 with an 8-6 triumph over
Pawel Sebastyanski and Alejandro
Needing only a split in the six sin-
gles matches, Beam took little time
to defeat Dane McGregor 6-1, 6-3 at
No. 1.
"I felt like I was in control from
the first point of the match," Beam
said. "I didn't think that he could
hurt me with anything he had. It was
up to me to win or lose the match."
At No. 3, after claiming the first
set 6-4, Jackson overcame a rally by
Livesay in the second to earn a
tiebreaker win and prevent a final
"The tiebreaker was very big
because I definitely did not want the
match to go three sets," Jackson
said. "I was getting a little tired, and
I might have been in trouble if it
went three."
Despite the dramatic victory,
Mees was not particularly enamored
with the Wolverines' play.
"I'm happy that we won and I
liked the way we competed," Mees
said. "But to be truthful, we did not
play as well as I think we're capable
of playing. I thought there were
some matches where we had an

By Evan Brown
Daily Sports Writer
The distance between Ann Arbor
and Norman, Okla. is equal to the
distance between the Sooners and
Wolverines men's gymnastics teams.
No. 5 Michigan was able to beat No.
11 Nebraska in Norman on Satur-
day, but No. 1 Oklahoma set the
pace, scoring 218.125. The Wolver-
ines scored 208.45, and the Corn-
huskers with 206.75.
"It was good to (beat) Nebraska,"
said Coach Kurt Golder. "(Okla-
homa) pretty much kicked out butts.
They had a great meet."
Michigan went into last year's
match against then-No. 1 Oklahoma
and beat the Sooners in the final
rotation. The year before, the
Wolverines also beat Oklahoma in
the final rotation, and from that a
rivalry has developed that makes
both teams look forward to the
"It looked like it was impossible
for us to win those last two years,"
Golder said. "In both years we
pulled it off in the last event and
now they really look forward to
playing us."
The last time the Wolverines
faced the Cornhuskers was two
years ago in the National Champi-
onship Qualifier, when Michigan
placed first and Nebraska was fifth
out of six teams.
Jamie Hertza claimed the high

score on the pommel horse with a
9.35 and gave a solid performance
on the floor exercise. Conan Parzu-
chowski finished second on the still
rings with a 9.45 and competed in
four other events. Meanwhile,
Edward Umphrey finished third in
the all-around with strong perform-
ances throughout, but Golder sin-
gled out another Wolverine for
"My pick for performer of the
match would go to Justin Toman for
his vault," Golder said. "He scored a
9.35 out of a possible 9.4. It was
Michigan was able to improve on
the pommel horse, which has given
it problems all year. It also was able
to get a few gymnasts back from
"There's only one place for us to
go, and that's up," Golder said. "We
have the potential and talent."
The Wolverines will need to
improve as individuals to get out of
the mid-season slump that they are
in. Michigan has a 5-4 recogl and is
1-2 in its last three matches.
"We need to do a better job,
coaching, but also (the coaches)
can't do the routines for them,"
Golder said. "It comes down to
(individual) responsibility and
accountability. When they raise their
hand, they have to hit the routine.
There isn't much their teammates
can do on the sideline or we can do
as coaches."

Senior Henry Beam won both of his matches against Tulsa: a singles match in
straight sets and a doubles victory with teammate Matt Lockin.
opportunity to step on some people, Michigan will have this week to
but we let them back in. You can't rest before facing Clemson and
afford to do that against the good Alabama on Feb. 16-17 in its first
teams." road matches of the season.

Lifeguard can't save Buckeyes from Blue

By Courtney Lewis
Daily Sports Writer
COLUMBUS - Before Saturday's
men's swimming meet started, Brutus
the Buckeye, Ohio State's mascot,
paraded around the deck dangling a
stuffed wolverine from a chain. He
swung the unfortunate animal around in
front of the Michigan team and then
drowned it in the diving pool.
That was the only Wolverine to get
into trouble in the water.
Michigan (4-0 Big Ten, 7-3 overall)
beat Ohio State (2-1, 9-1) 142-101, tak-
ing four of the first five races, including
a sweep of the 400-yard individual
medley. Garrett Mangieri earned victo-
ries in the 50 and 100 freestyles to lead
the Wolverines, and five other Michigan
swimmers also touched for first-place
Mangieri said Ohio State's effort to
excite the crowd actually helped Michi-
"The Buckeye was here, and there
was a pretty good amount of people
here, so we knew that they were going
to be pumped up," he said. "So it kind
of got us pumped up as well because we
knew they were going to be pushing
against us."
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek mixed
things up for this meet, putting some
Wolverines in different events than they
normally swim. Andrew Hurd competed
in the 200-yard freestyle for the first time
in a dual meet this year and earned a sec-
ond-place showing to go along with his
victory in the 500 freestyle.
Hurd welcomed the switch from the
1,000-yard freestyle to a sprint, but it
wasn't just for fun. Hurd said he was
looking ahead to the Big Ten Champi-
onships at the end of February.
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formed well in the 500 freestyle, grab-
bing the top three spots.
Despite Ohio State's 9-0 record prior
to Saturday, Michigan came in with a
fairly relaxed attitude. Urbanchek cred-
its the Buckeyes' success to a soft
schedule and said the meet "puts them
back to reality"
Unranked Ohio State had faced just
one top 25 team, Indiana, before falling
to No. 11 Michigan. The Wolverines
have faced seven ranked teams, beating
Michigan used the meet to send Ohio
State a message.
"In a conference meet we were going
to come in here and let them know that
they're not going to be able just to come
to Big Tens and keep winning easy, easy
battles like that," Mangieri said.
In addition to the new events several
Wolverines swam, there was something
else out of the ordinary in the Peppe
Aquatic Center. A lifeguard was sta-
tioned poolside, presumably in case one
of the well-conditioned athletes got a
cramp. -
That precautionary measure "was
definitely a first for us," Mangieri said.
"I've never seen anyone drown in a
competition before."
Luckily, all of the swimmers man-
aged to finish their races without inci-
dent. The only one who needed help
was that stuffed wolverine victimized
by Brutus and, not surprisingly, the
hometown lifeguard did not offer assis-
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