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14 - TheMichigan Daily - Wednesday August 6 1997
Sullivan travels to Athens
on a roll, falters in semis j

By Chris Farah
Daily Sports Editor
Well, it finally happened. Michigan
distance runner Kevin Sullivan finally
showed that he is, in fact, human.
Sullivan, representing his home nation
of Canada, failed to qualify for the final
heat of the 1,500-meter run at the World
championships in Athens, Greece, on
Monday. His semifinal time of 3:39.84
was good enough for sixth place in his
heat. Unfortunately for Sullivan, it was-
n't good enough for the finals cut, which
accepts the top five in each heat.
Sullivan missed fifth place - and
a berth in the finals - by only .15
For the past few months, however,
Sullivan has appeared to be much more
than human. After bursitis in his right
achilles tendon forced him to miss the
1996 cross country and 1997 indoor

track seasons, Sullivan made a miracu-
lous comeback.
With four months of training and
recovery under his belt, Sullivan pro-
ceeded to win an individual Big Ten
championship, place second at the
NCAA championships and set a new
Canadian national record - all in the
1,500, and all in the span of three
"It is truly amazing that he accom-
plished what he did this spring, consid-
ering he didn't start training until March,
after recovering from surgery on his
right foot," Michigan cross country
coach Ron Warhurst said.
Keeping with the stellar reputation
he garnered for himself, Sullivan did
manage to demonstrate some of his
championship form at the worlds. In
Sunday's preliminaries for the 1,500,
he recorded a time of 3:37.42 on the

way to a fourth-place finish and an
appearance in the semifinals.
Time has not run out for the distance
runner, however, who is already guaran-
teed the status of legend in Michigan
track history. Because of time off for
injury, Sullivan - a fifth-year senior in
academic standing - stillihas one year
of athletic eligibility remaining.
Considering he placed fifth at the
1995 World championships - before
his injury occurred - Sullivan will
probably continue to make his mark on
the collegiate, national and international
scene once he has fully recovered.
"To accomplish what he did is a true
credit to his ability and determination to
overcome adversity and perform well at
an international level of competition,"
Warhurst said. "It is just a glimpse of
what accomplishments lie ahead for
Kevin Sullivan."

Kevin Sullivan came up short at the World championships in Athens, Greece, on
Monday. Sullivan missed the finals in the 1,500-meter run by .15 seconds.

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Tankers excel at U.S. nationals

To all the Students, Faculty and Staff who participated in
the intramural Sports Program during the
1997 Spring and Summer Terms.
Enjoy the remainder of the summer.
We look forward to seeing you in the Fall.
Start planning for the
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if you are interested in sports and would like to earn some extra
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Soccer ice Hockey Softball Flag Football
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Continued from Page 13
The electricity outage at Tracy
Caulkins Pool - due to inclement
weather conditions in Nashville -
only delayed Malchow's fireworks.
After the 2-and-1/2-hour stoppage,
Malchow lit up the water himself, win-
ning the 200-meter butterfly by more
than .7 seconds, with a time of 1:58.37.
Piersma, also an Olympian in 1996,
qualified to swim in the 400-meter
freestyle and 800-meter freestyle relay
at the World championships as well. He

placed second in the 400 free with a
"John I'm sure would have liked to
place higher in the 200, but he did
qualify in the 800 relay, so that's good,"
Snyder said.
The three swimmers are currently in
Fukouka, Japan, for the Pan-Pacific
championships, which began yesterday
and will contitue throughout the week.
Aside from the trio, other Michigan
athletes of past, present and future who
competed at the national champi-
onships will be representing another
U.S. team. Chris Rumley, a recent

Michigan graduate, and Scott Werner
an incoming Michigan freshman, wile
both swim at the World University
Games in Sicily, Italy, from Aug. 26-
Rumley qualified for 400 freestyle
and Werner is scheduled to swim in the
200-meter breaststroke.
Michigan women's swimmers will
also be represented internationally.
Junior Jennie Eberwein is scheduled to
swim in the 100 freestyle and 400
freestyle relay, while recent graduat*
Anne Kampfe qualified in both the 200
IM and 400 IM.
Continued from Page 13
defensive players.
The spotlight asho landed otn seveal
coaches - tamely the new faces in the
The Big Ten experienced one of the
highest off-season coaching turnovers in
its history - Purdue, Indiana,
Minnesota and Indiana will all have new
leaders on the sidelines this year.
"A new style is always good for a
team' Jansen said. "Especially teams
that have beett down. Whenever they get
a newstyle, it always sems to give them
a shot of adrenaline. They always seem
to do better.
"I'm looking forward to the It teams*
of the Big Ten playing very well this
There was also speculation concern-
ing Michigan's ability to handle its
tough schedule.
In addition to their Big Ten competi-
tion, the Wolverines will face several top
non-conference opponents, including
Colorado, Notre Dame and Baylor.
"If you want to be the best, you have
to play against the best," Jansen said
"In the long run, it'll help us for all the
big games we have to play in the Big

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