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The Michigan Daily - SportsTuesday - January 21, 2003 - 7B

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By Waldnmar Centeno
Daily Sports Writer
Home, sweet home.
The No. 4 Michigan men's swimming
and diving team finally returned home
from its seven-meet road trip on Jan. 12
and was given a warm welcome from the
faithful at Canham Natatorium.
"It's about time we have a swim meet
at home with a friendly environment,"
head coach Jon Urbanchek said. "It's
good for us to be home since the Big Ten
Tournament is here in Ann Arbor and the
next few meets will hopefully prepare us.
for it and give us stability."
Desperately trying to forget the events
that occurred out West - losses to Stan-
ford and California - Michigan swam
with a vengeance this weekend against
two conference foes.
"Last week just caught us off guard
with the cold, rainy weather," Urbanchek
said. "We expected California to be nice
and sunny, but we had to find parkas just
to keep us warm. It wasn't the best plan-
ning and the most important thing was
how we handled swimming outdoors.
We're not like ducks. The whether did
affect us."
On Friday, the Wolverines (2-0 Big
Ten, 5-2 overall) swam against No. 16
Purdue (1-1, 7-1) and on Saturday they
faced No. 25 Indiana (3-1, 6-1).
The Wolverines destroyed the Boiler-
makers, 140-99, with help from junior
diver Jason Coben, freshman swimmer
Chris DeJong and senior swimmer Gar-
rett Mangieri. Continuing their winning
effort, the Wolverines also demolished
Indiana 174.5-122.5 Saturday afternoon
with contributions again from Coben,
DeJong, Mangieri and others.
"Coben did a good job," Urbanchek
said. "He did really well against Purdue,
and the divers had a pretty solid weekend
against both Big Ten opponents. Indi-
ana's divers are very competitive and

Blue disappointed in Columbus

By Sharad Mattu
Daily Sports Writer

The Michigan wrestling team went to Columbus for the
National Dual Meet Championships upbeat. For the first time
this season, it was able to boast its full lineup.
Mike Kulczycki and Ryan Bertin returned from injuries
and performed well. A.J. Grant and Foley Dowd, Michigan's
most consistent wrestlers so far this season, also had solid
But the ninth-ranked Wolverines still finished a disap-
pointing eighth place with a 27-13 loss to No. 10 Arizona
State on Sunday,
On Saturday, the Wolverines went 2-2 in dual matches.
They beat No. 20 Boise State and No. 15 Northern Iowa, but
lost to No. 2 Iowa and No. 4 Cornell.
The team entered the tournament with high hopes for the
weekend, but left frustrated.
"I really just don't know if we're better than this," Michigan
coach Joe McFarland said. "In the past, we've had an in-your-
face, aggressive style with well-conditioned athletes, but right
now, it's just not there. Too many guys looked tired in the
third period."
"We're not happy with our performance this weekend,"
Kulczycki said. "We're really not satisfied at all. This week,
we're going to try to pick up the pace in practice and see if
that makes a difference."
Kulczycki was one of the bright spots this weekend, going
4-1. The fifth-year senior had been out with a knee injury

since October and was also moving up in weight after
wrestling at 149 pounds last year. He wrestled at 157 and 165
this weekend because McFarland has not yet decided where in
the lineup Kulczycki will wrestle for the rest of the season.
"It felt good to be back competing," Kulczycki said. "I felt
pretty comfortable at 165. I was a lot faster than my oppo-
nents. I felt strong too, which was good.
"I'm not at 100 percent, but I won't be at 100 percent all
Bertin also had a good weekend in his return to action.
Sidelined since the Cliff Keen Invitational Dec. 6-7 with a
knee injury, Bertin, ranked No. 3 at 157 pounds, went 4-0.
Redshirt freshman Ryan Churella's return from injury did
not go as well. He faced top wrestlers all weekend, ending the
weekend with a loss to No. 1 Eric Larkin of Arizona State. He
finished the weekend 1-4, with the win against Northern
Iowa's Jon Garvin.
Oklahoma State finished first, beating Oklahoma to win
the tournament. Big Ten rivals Iowa, Ohio State and Minneso-
ta finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Michigan will begin its conference schedule Friday when it
faces No. 6 Illinois in Champaign. Currently, there are eight
Big Ten teams in the top 25, so Michigan will need to be
more consistent to do well during the rest of the year.
"This is the most important part of the season," Kulczycki
said. "The conference season determines the seedings for the
Big Tens and the Nationals. We're going to be wrestling the
same guys again and again probably. We're not happy with how
we've done so far, but there's a lot of time left in the season."

Michigan co-captian Jeff Hopwood helped the 400-yard medley relay clock an NCAA
consideration time on Friday. The Wolverines beat Purdue and Indiana at Canham.

gave all our divers a harder time."
Coben won both diving events by
more than 50 points against Purdue. He
then went on to earn a second-place fin-
ish in the dual meet against Indiana.
DeJong contributed to the win by cap-
turing victories in both the 100- and 200-
yard freestyles while facing Purdue. He
earned his first NCAA consideration
time in the 200 free with a time of
1:39.25. He then continued to contribute
to the team Saturday by winning a pair
of individual titles, which gave him four
individual titles for the weekend.
Also anchoring both of the Wolver-
ines' winning relay teams, in the 400-
yard medley and 400-yard freestyle
relays, was Mangieri, who won both
relays and earned an individual title in
the 50 free against Purdue on Friday.
DeJong, freshman Davis Tarwater, sen-
ior co-captain Jeff Hopwood and Mang-
ieri also clocked an NCAA
consideration time in the 400 medley.
On Saturday, Mangieri won the 100-
yard freestyle as well.
"Michigan is outstanding," Mangieri
said. "When I got here my freshmen year
we weren't as highly ranked, but every
year, we have been getting good recruits.
Last year, we had the number one recruit-
ing class, and this year we have a really

good recruiting class also. It feels good to
be ranked up there in the top five."
A part of that recruiting class is Tar-
water, who continued to post victories
against Indiana. Tarwater earned wins in
the 100-yard and 200-yard butterflies,
with an NCAA consideration time in the
200-yard race as he clocked in eight-
tenths seconds better than the NCAA
"B" standard.
"It incorporates more of a team
aspect," said Tarwater when asked about
the differences between high school and
college swimming and diving. "It's not
just for yourself. You have to swim for
your team."
Another significant note from this
weekend was sophomore Andrew Hurd
and freshman Tyler DeBerry's NCAA
consideration times in the 1,650-yard
freestyle. Both posted their best times of
the season in this event.
The Wolverines now have a week off
from competition. Their next meet will
be at Canham against Northwestern and
Ohio State. Northwestern will face
Michigan Jan. 31 and Ohio State will
swim against Michigan on Feb. 1.
It's safe to say that Michigan's oppo-
nents now will not have the element of
home pool advantage, but the disruption
of a foreign environment.

Michigan's Pat Owen (right) fights to pin an opponent. The Wolverines had high expectations going into the National Dual
Meet Championships this weekend, but were frustrated with their eighthplace finish.

Vera, Erdman lead 'M' to first place in Quad

By Jeremy Antar
For the Daily

Similar to the way that Michigan freshman Katie Erdman
and junior Vera Simms blew away the competition in the 600-
meter run, the track and field team put forth an impressive
victory over Michigan State, Indiana and Kent State Saturday
at the Michigan Quad.
The Wolverines finished with a score of 188, followed by
Indiana (151.5), Kent State (115) and Michigan State (82.5).
To start the day, sophomore Lindsey Gallo ran away with first
place in the mile. Pacing herself, Gallo started off in third
place and remained there for the first quarter of the race. She
then took over second at about a half mile, before turning it on
in the final quarter and taking a lead she wouldn't relinquish.
Michigan coach James Henry said he was not surprised by
Gallo's first-place finish because she was coining off an "out-
standing cross-country season."
The dominance continued in the 400-meter run when junior
Carly Knazze edged out Indiana's Chioma Ndubisi, finishing
with a time of 57:89. Erdman and Simms gave Michigan first-
and second-place finishes in the next event, the 600.
"The hard work is starting to pay off," said Erdman, who
competed in the 600 for the first time on Saturday.
The 600 was the first race of the day in which Michigan
would claim first and second place, but it wouldn't be the last.
In the 800-meter run, sophomores Theresa Feldkamp
(2:13.27) and Stephanie Hirtle (2:14.75) finished first and sec-

ond, while senior tri-captain Rachel Sturtz (2:15.41) finished
third, sending a message to the other three teams that this was
the Wolverines' day.
In the last individual race of the day, the 3,000-meter run,
freshman Rebecca Walter led the charge, finishing first, but
not far behind her were freshman Chelsea Loomis and sopho-
more Andrea Parker, who finished second and third, respec-
tively. Although just the top two times from each team counted
toward the score, capturing third place in the 3,000-and 800-
meter runs gave an emotional boost to the team which seemed
to already be running with engines on their backs.
In the 4x400-meter relay, the finale of the track races, it
looked as though the Wolverines would stick to their first-
place pattern, as freshman Shavonne Maclin and Simms com-
pleted the first and second legs of the race with the lead.
But the hand-off from Simms to Erdman was shaky, and the
Wolverines seemed to have lost grip on the baton and the race.
The team then showed heart, as Erdman picked up the
baton quickly and recaptured the lead for the Wolverines, put-
ting the race into Knazze's hands.,
Knazze, who had already been victorious in her individual
400-meter run, extended the slim lead, solidifying the race and

the meet for the Wolverines at a time of 3:55.88.
The Wolverines had a solid afternoon in the field events as
well, and no one was better than freshman Elizabeth Boyle.
Following her record-setting performance from a week ago,
Boyle raised the bar for her competition to a height that no
opponent matched. Boyle vaulted over the bar at 12'-6", tying
her own school and building record that she had set one week
ago. Boyle stretched to set a new school and building record,
as she steamed down the runaway trying to conquer the bar set
at 12'9 1/2". Boyle fell short on her first two attempts, and
with one try left the Michigan faithful rose to their feet to try
and give Boyle an extra boost. She flew into the air and for a
split second, she appeared to have done it. But the slightest
contact knocked the bar off as Boyle was on her way down.
The last of the eight first-place finishes for Michigan came
at the shot put, where senior April Phillips threw for a distance
of 50'l 1/4", and got her second win of the season. Melissa
Bickett finished in second with a distance of 48'9 1/5".
The team seemed inspired by the win, but the Wolverines
know they have to remain focused. Henry said that it was
Michigan's best performance against Indiana he had ever seen.
"I was proud with the overall team balance;' Henry said.

Robin Landfair and the Michigan women's track and field
team took first-place at the Michigan Quad this weekend.


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