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July 17, 1996 - Image 12

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^12 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, July 17, 1996 THE Fo cus
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With almost a dozen Wolverine athletes and coaches
headed for Atlanta, maybe it should be the maize ...
y yWolverine Olympic
Forget the circus. Dolan said. "I love swimming way too much." Of course, it won't be unusual for any of the current
The greatest show on Earth is coming to America, Since many of the popular asthma drugs are banned or former Wolverine swimmers to see Borges in one The followig are events in
and Michigan athletes and coaches will be in the thick by the International Olympic Committee, he uses an of the neighboring lanes. Borges, after all, has quali- which past, present or future
of it. inhaler to open air passages in his lungs. fied for six events. Michigan athletes will be corn
The Summer Olympic Games are set to begin Dolan, however, will no longer swim for Michigan In addition to competing in the events with Piersma,
Friday in Atlanta, with a host of former, current and after the Olympics. He has given up his final year of - Buyukuncu and Papa, Borges will also race in a trio of
future Wolverines in positions to take away a decent college eligibility in order to be able to reap the finan- relays. The 4 x 100-meter July 19 Opening Ceremonies
amount of hardware. cial rewards that success in Atlanta might bring, for freestyle, 4 x 200-meter freestyle
The Michigan contingent is made up of a variety of which scholarship athletes are ineligible. ||. and the 4 x 100 medley relay will
4athletes, from swimmers - who make up the largest Among the Olympians who will return to compete all find Borges in the tank at July 20 Men's 100, 200-
group - to a tennis player. for the Wolverines after the Games are Tom Malchow Atlanta's Georgia Tech Aquatic meter freestyle
The Wolverine Olympians also head to Atlanta and John Piersma. Center.
under a great many banners. Those representing the Both turned in career performances at the Olympic Marcel Wouda is another multi-
United States are the most numerous, but athletes trials to get to the Games, and both are in a position to ple qualifier among the former July 21 Men's 200-meter
from Canada, Jamaica, Turkey, Brazil, the make a big splash in their respective events. Wolverines. The Netherlander is in JrMess 200-meter
Netherlands and the Philippines are also in the mix. Malchow qualified for the 200-meter butterfly for a tough run in at least one of his freestyl meer
The one athlete who has thus far drawn the most competition, an event where, unlike Piersma, he will events, as he's scheduled to com-
attention will probably continue to hold the spotlight. not have to compete against other current or former Trost pete in the 400 IM, where Dolan 200-meter freestyle
That would be three-time qualifier and swimmer Wolverines. holds the world mark. Wouda may well encounter relay
extraordinaire Tom Dolan. In qualifying for the 400-meter freestyle, Piersma Dolan again in the 200 IM.
Dolan, the world record-holder in the 400-meter has set himself up for a showdown with the fearsome Facing Dolan and Wouda in the 400 IM will be
individual medley, earned a berth not only in that Dolan. 1992 silver medalist Eric Namesnik, another former July 22 M -meter but-
event, but also in the 200-meter IM and the 400-meter And in the 200-meter freestyle, he faces Brazilian Michigan tanker who is back for another shot at the meter
freestyle competition. Gustavo Borges, a former Michigan swimmer. Borges gold.
Dolan set the world record at the 1994 World qualified for the 1992 Barcelona Games, although he Helping coach the American pack of Wolverines is
Championships in Rome, with a time of 4:12.30, and did not place among the medalists. Michigan mentor Jon Urbanchek, who is an assistant
this has positioned him as a favorite to capture A pair of three-time qualifiers round out the current with the U.S. program. July 23 begins;
Olympic gold next week. Wolverine swimmers in the international contingent. On the women's side of the swimming pool, -meter
And he's done all that - as has been well docu- From Turkey comes Derya Buyukuncu, who will Michigan is represented by a Wolverine of the future, c ke, 4 x 100-
mented - while suffering from asthma. compete in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke events with Canadian qualifier Shannon Shakespeare set to r eestyle relay,
Dolan's windpipe is unusually narrow, allowing in addition to the 100-meter butterfly. attend the University in the fall. 4 -m ter freestyle
only 20 percent of the normal oxygen intake. One of Buyukuncu's competitors in the first two of Spectators will also be able to find the maize and *.6I#O f9l;
Dolan has fainted at least half a dozen times on the those competitions will be Ryan Papa of the blue competing outdoors in the sweltering Georgia
pool deck. Twice he had to be rushed to the emergency Philippines. And as if he didn't have enough to worry heat. July 24 Men's 100-meter but-
room. So why not give it up? about, Papa may well face Borges in the other event Michigan's Neil Gardner, who won the NCAA title terfly, 200-meter
"I'm not going to stop because I can't breathe" for which he qualified, the 100-meter freestyle. in the 400-meter hurdles in May, will compete for his breaststroke
native Jamaica in that event on the Olympic Stadium
Meanwhile, a former Wolverine All-American will July 25 Men's 50-meter
be serving and volleying the United States toward a freestyle, 200-meter
tennis medal. individual-medley
MaliVai Washington, who played two years at
Michigan before turning professional, is currently
ranked No. 12 in the world after reaching the July 26 Men's 200-meter
Wimbledon finals earlier this month. backstroke, 4 x 100-
< .Q In addition to Urbanchek, three other current meter medley relay
v.. Wolverine coaches will be filling similar roles on the
F ~U.S. team during the Atlanta Games.
Assistant wrestling coach Kirk Trost will take that July 29 Men's 400-meter hur
job with the U.S. freestyle squad after narrowly failing dIes, first round
to qualify for the team himself.
Head women's volleyball coach Greg Giovanazzi
landed both himself and assistant Mora Kanim a trip
a ~~~~~~~South for the Olympics. Giovanazzi, working as one uy3 Mn'40mtrhr
of three volunteer assistants, will help his squad pre- dies, semifinals
pare for matches by scouting opponents. Kanim,
meanwhile, takes charge of keeping statistics for the
team. August I Men's 400-meter
So pay attention while you're glued to the set dur- hurdles, finals
ing the upcoming 16 days of glory. Whether you're
cheering for the United States, another country or just
for Michigan, you'll be sure to see some familiar August 3 Men's tennis medal
faces. matches
- The Associated P'ss and the Bentley Historical
OP PHOTO Librar contribuihedt o this report.
Tom Dolan the world record holder in the 400-meter IM, may be Michigan's best hope for a gold medal. August 4 Closisg Ceremonies

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