10A -The Michigan Daily -Thursday, March 21, 2002
Carlberg awaits fourth NCAA chance
WoMEN'S SWIMMING AND DIVING AUSTIN, TEXAS
By Kyle O'Neill Sophomore Annie Weilbacher, who the big picture, and I hope at the
Daily Sports Writer is currently on pace to match Carl- end of (NCAAs) we will be swim-
berg's four trips to NCAAs, will be ming our best."
For Michigan senior Lindsay Carl- swimming in the 100-yard freestyle That big picture is something that
berg, today will be her fourth trip in as and 100 breaststroke. With her ability Richardson expects to be realized not
many years to the NCAA Champi- to improve her times in every big race, only in the pool, but also in the class-
onships. including four different occasions this room and the working world. His only
But by Saturday night, Carlberg will year when she bettered her career- senior competing at the meet this year,
return from Austin, Texas - the site of bests, Weilbacher has the best chance Carlberg, has met and exceeded his
this year's NCAAs - no longer an of earning All-America status. expectations concerning each of those
official member of a Michigan swim- The only member of last year's team aspects.
ming and diving team that depended on to be named an All-American was "Lindsay's going to be a wonderful
her leadership throughout her career. Emily-Clare Fenn, who did not qualify person wherever she goes in life,"
"Any time you've spent four years for NCAAs this year. Richardson said. "People come to our
with an athlete, it becomes a pretty "Annie's been consistently improv- program to go to NCAAs. Those who
poignant time for the University and us ing all year long," Richardson said. have gone there consistently set the bar
to see them go," Michigan coach Jim "Amy has a sore throat and a cold, but for the younger athletes. But Lindsay's
Richardson said. NCAAs "will be a she's in great shape and should be not only set it in the pool, but outside
special time (with Carlberg), but I will ready to go." of it as well."
remember the work-outs, the practices Even though the Wolverines compet- Carlberg will compete in the 100-
and the rest of her career just as well." ing have a good shot at making the yard backstroke tomorrow, and will
Joining Carlberg in Austin are three finals, this season has been about grad- conclude on Saturday with the 200
young swimmers who will try to live ual improvement for Richardson's backstroke. McCullough is the only
up to the standards that she has set for young team. individual to be competing today when
the team. But Carlberg is optimistic, "We're just going to focus on see- she swims the 500 freestyle. Tomorrow
calling this "the hardest working team I ing how well we can swim," Richard- she will race in the 200 free, and she
have ever been a part of." son said. "As a coach I would love to has the 1,600 freestyle on the third day
Newcomers to the team this year, see us place, but I'm not that con- of competition. Both Weilbacher (100
Amy McCullough and Kelli Stein, cerned with it. free and 100 breaststroke) and Stein
will make their first trip to NCAAs, "I understand this is a moment of (100 and 200 breaststroke) will be
competing in three and two events, truth for some teams, but we don't competing in their respective events
respectively. see this as live or die. Our team sees tomorrow and Saturday.
xTOM FELDKAMP/ Daily
Last season, Samaniha Arsenault, Missy Sugar, and Jen Crisman led the Wolverines to a Big Ten Championship, but this year
the team is rebuilding. Just four swimmers will be competing for Michigan at the NCAA Championships, which start tomorrow.
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