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Ice Hockey
vs. Western Michigan
Friday, 7:30 p.m.
Yost Arena
The Michigan Daily
In The
*MSU warms to 'M'
world class talent
Wiy Andy De Korte
and Ken Sugiura
D'aily Sports Writers
The trials and tribulations of the road have been well-documented.
lowever, when the Michigan men's swimming team went to Michigan
State over the weekend, the atmosphere was anything but hostile.
An aura of respect and admiration for the Wolverines seemed to hover
fIthin the walls of the IM West building that houses McCaffree Pool. Of
course, the Spartan fans still rooted for their boys. Whether it was for first
offifth, the State faithful still cheered excitedly whenever Green edged Blue.
However, the cheers were not only reserved for the Spartans. Four new
pool records were established, three of them by the Maize and Blue. Mike
Barrowman, Eric Namesnik, and Brian Gunn set records in the 200-yard
breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly, respectively. Spartan Steve Leissner
niched the sole MSU mark in the 200 individual medley.
e'Michigan State coach Richard Bader was pleased with his team's
performance but his admiration for Michigan was evident. Bader said, "We
' am a great meet...It's tough to beat a team like Michigan."
Beginner's luck: Because the swimming schedule is not as compre-
hensive as in other sports, this weekend brought senior Mike Barrowman to
Michigan State for the first time. After setting his pool record, he swam
solo in the pool, enjoying extra applause while waving politely with a
sheepish smile on his face.
Green with envy: The magnitude of the Wolverines' accomplishments
was not lost on the Spartan crowd. Along with the acknowledgement of the
public address announcer, throngs of autograph seekers were attracted to
Michigan's world class quartet of Barrowman, Namesnik, Gunn, and Eric
Wunderlich after the Wolverines completed their 134-109 victory.
0 New Kids on the Block: One highlight for the Wolverine coaching staff
wis the performance of the first-year swimmers.
"All in all, we got some nice performances from some of the kids who
have never been on the road yet," Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek said. "This
0as their first road trip, so they were a little bit nervous."
Bigelow back: While most of the squad made the trip to East Lansing,
others stayed at home to nurse injuries, most notably backstroker Steve
Bigelow, who is out with an ankle injury. Tuesday, assistant coach Mark
1Netzel upgraded Bigelow's condition to "wonderful" and has the junior
slated to return Saturday against Indiana.
W Vomen swimmers
seek healthy finish
by David Kraft
Daily Sports Writer
In judging a team's performance for an entire season, most sports
fans view a squad's win-loss record as the most essential criterion.
In comparing the dual meet records of the 1989-90 Michigan
women's swimming team and the 1990-91 squad, it can be concluded
that this season's squad is having an off year.
After the 1989-90 Wolverines defeated Minnesota on February 3rd,
1990, their record rose to 8-1 overall, 5-0 in the Big Ten. In addition,
three of the squad's Big Ten victories came against Northwestern, Ohio
State and Minnesota who finished second, third and fourth, respectively,
behind Michigan at the Big Tens.
February 3rd, 1991 has presented quite a different story. Currently,
the Wolverines stand at 6-4 including a 3-0 compilation in the Big Ten.
Their three Big Ten victories have come against Wisconsin, Indiana and
AVlichigan State who claimed the sixth, eighth and tenth spots,
respectively, at the 1990 Big Ten Championships.
While an easy conclusion can be drawn from this comparison, there
are two other key factors that are also indicative of this year's
First, there are currently eight Wolverines who are hampered by the
flu, including 1989 NCAA All-American junior freestyler Jennifer Love
and 1989 NCAA Honorable Mention All-American sophomore
butterflyer Missy McCracken.

The youth of the Wolverines has also significantly affected their
*eason. While several first-year swimmers have contributed thus far, the
team does not possess the level of experience they had last season.
Replacing the likes of NCAA All-Americans Ann Colloton, Gwen
DeMaat, Jennifer Eck and Stefanie Liebner - all of whom graduated in
1990 - is not an easy task in one season..
This lack of experience affected Michigan when it made three road
trips to Hawaii, California and Texas in January to compete against four
of, the nation's top ten teams, three of whom defeated the Wolverines.
"I think we swam well against the top teams, especially (No. 1
ranked) Texas," senior butterflyer Molly Hegarty said.
"The season is going great. At this point, we've accomplished what
are goals are."

Wednesday, February 6, 1991

Men's and Women's Gymnastics
vs. Ohio State
Friday, 7 p.m.
Keen Arena
Page 9

Michigan swimmers Steve Bigelow and Rick Wilkening take a dive into the pool in Canham Natatorium. The Wolverines had a strong showing in
East Lansing this past week, defeating the Spartans 134-109. In this month's College Swimming Coaches Association of America, the Wolverines
are ranked third behind number two Southern Cal and number one Texas.
Water polo starts strong, places second

by Tim Spolar
Michigan's women's water polo
team opened their season with a
splash by taking second in the
MacMaster Invitational Sunday.
The team journeyed to Hamilton,
Ontario, where it faced the Hamilton
Women's Club, Ottawa University,
and host MacMaster University.
After dropping its first game 11-3
to MacMaster, the Wolverines were
able to rebound and trounce Ham-
ilton and Ottawa 18-8 and 13-2,
respectively. However, the Wol-
verines were overcome once again by
the tough MacMaster squad, falling

8-2 in the championship game.
The Wolverines' somewhat
meager 2-2 record gained over the
weekend is a bit misleading. While
Michigan was making its season
debut, the Canadian teams were in
high gear as they prepared to enter
their seasons' finales.
Scott Russell, the Wolverines'
head coach, noted that the overall
lack of experience and conditioning
were noticeable factors over the
weekend's tournament. He stated
that this year's junior and sopho-
more-oriented squad has immense
talent and should overcome these

deficiencies as the season progresses.
One of those great talents is
sophomore hole-setter Lori Barnard.
The hole-setter parallels the center
position in basketball. By dom-
inating this position, one controls
the flow of action nearest either
side's goal.
"By the end of the year," Russell
said, "she could be one of the best at
her position in the midwest."
Barnard was the team's second
leading scorer for the tournament,
notching ten goals over the four
games. Senior Kathleen Gerzevitz
led the Wolverines with 13 goals and

senior Candice Quinn tallied seven.
The team's anchor and, according
to Russell, probably its best player
is goaltender Karen Gorny. Gorny is
best known for her consistency. In
Michigan's 13-2 victory over
Ottawa, Gorny had a shutout until
the final two minutes, when the.
Wolverines replaced their regulars
with first-year players.
The squad's next match is at
Ohio State the weekend of February
15th and 16th. Russell expects the
team to better utilize their talent as,
they gain experience and endurance
over the upcoming weeks.



1. Texas 11. SMU
2. USC 12. Nebraska
3. Michigan 13. Michigan State
4. Tennesee 14. Alabama
5. Arizona State 15. Minnesota
6. Florida 16. Arizona
7. Stanford 17. Texas A&M
8. Iowa 18. Princeton
9. Cal.-Berkeley 19. Southern Illinois
10. UCLA 20. LSU

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