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July 19, 2004



NHL duo
imay sway
back to 'M'
By Shad Mattu
Daily Sports Editor
An article in Friday's New York Post
brought good and bad news to Michigan
hockey coaches, players and fans.
The bad news is that Al Montoya may
be willing to leave Michigan after two
years for the New York Rangers' system u
The good news is that the New York
Ragers may not give him the contract
he iademding din the process may
push him back to An ror.
With an NHL lockout all but a cer- JEFF LEHNERT/Daly
tainty, there will likely be a more restric- Al Montoya and the Rangers may be far apart in contract negotiations. Meanwhile,
tive salary system for draft picks than Steve Shields and Marty Turco have told him about the benefits of staying at Michigan.
the one that currently exists. According Though the wait for a decision has at Michigan, Steve Shields and Marty
to the Post, Montoya wants a deal simi- been torturous, Michigan associate Turco. Though they were both picked in
lar to what the New York gave Dan coach Mel Pearson thinks that the longer the fifth round (Montoya was drafted
Blackburn, a goaltender it selected 10th it takes, the more likely Montoya will sixth overall), they can tell him why
overall in 2001, while the Rangers are return to Michigan. spending four years in Ann Arbor was
offering less money. "He's really taking his time, and I the right decision for them and may be
It remains unclear how badly New think the more time he takes, the better it for Montoya.
York wants to sign Montoya. Last week is for us," Pearson said. "He'll probably Hearing this from Turco may be espe-
they hired Benoit Allaire, considered to hear from people who think he should go cially convincing. Turco won two nation-
be one of the top goaltending coaches. If back for at least one more year and then al championships, set the NCAA record
the NHL isn't operating, it would be an look at the situation" for career victories and then quickly
excellent opportunity to have him work Two of those people are current NHL advanced through the minors and into
closely with Montoya in Hartford. goaltenders who were four-year starters See MONTOYA, Page 12

Urbanchek gets good
send-off at U.S. Trials

By Seth Gordon
Daily Sports Editor
In the second week of the U.S.
Olympic Trials, the river of Michigan
swimmers named to the U.S. Olympic
team dried up as no more current or
former Wolverines qualified for the
upcoming games in Athens, Greece.
Junior Chris DeJong might have
had best chance to be the sixth Michi-
gan swimmer to qualify, but he faced
stiff competition in the 200-meter
backstroke event.
In the first semifinal heat, DeJong
swam a strong race and placed second
behind swimming phenom Michael
Phelps. In the final, DeJong clocked a
time of 1:59.00 - 1.20 seconds
below the Olympic 'A' qualifying
standard - finishing in fourth-place
as Aaron Peirsol shattered his own
world-record with a time of 1:54.74.
Both Peirsol and Phelps will represent
the U.S..in the event at the Olympics.
Sophomore Davis Tarwater found
himself in a similar position to
DeJong, as he finished seventh in the
final of the 100-meter butterfly. Tar-
water wasn't fast enough as Ian
Crocker beat Phelps and broke his
own world-record in the event with a
time of 50.76.
"(DeJong) swam extremely well,"
outgoing Michigan head coach Jon

Urbanchek said. "He was extremely
close to making the team, but he got
beat by two world-record holders. As
for (Tarwater) he did a great job as
well. Any time you make the finals at
an event like this it is a very big
Current Club Wolverine member
Ktete Keller and former Wolverine
Chris Thompson failed to qualify in
the 1,500-meter freestyle on Wednes-
day, finishing in fourth and seventh,
respectively. Sophomore Peter Van-
derkaay qualified for the event final
as well but decided to sit out the final
race as he has already qualified in the e
800-meter freestyle relay along with
Keller and senior Dan Ketchum
The last two Wolverines to make
the team were junior Andrew Hurd
and former Wolverine Tom Malchow.
Hurd set a Canadian record in the
400-meter freestyle with a time of
3:49.67 and will also compete against
his Wolverine teammates in the 800-
meter freestyle relay. Malchow quali-
fied for the team in the 200-meter
butterfly, finishing in second-place
behind Phleps.
Despite ending the meet on a sour
note, Urbanchek was very pleased
with the performance of his athletes at
what was his last meet as the head
coach for Michigan.
See SWIMMING, Page 12

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