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The Michigan Daily-Sports Monday-February 11, 1991- Page 7
N*.i .\a .a. Men swimmers fall

Michigan's Julie Verral competes in the high jump during the Simmons Invitational this weekend. The Wolverines won the meet, overtaking Eastern
Michigan, 181-160. This weekend's meet was a chance for Michigan to gear up for the Big Ten Championships in two weeks,
Wom--en runners stride into Big Tens
by Becky Weiss was good to see her go out and Szabo, Kristin McDonald, and ning with more confidence."

to Texas,
by Andy De Korte
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's swim
team fervently dove headlong into
a double dual meet in Blooming-
ton, Ind., to take on Texas, the
country's highest-ranked team.
However, while neatly dispatching
IU 68-45, the No. 3 Wolverines
could not overcome No. 1 Texas,
losing 58-55. Texas also walloped
Indiana, 70-43.
With two of the top teams in
the nation present, Indiana decided
to hold the meet in Bloomington,
rather than in its world-class nata-
torium in Indianapolis, in an at-
tempt to gain support from Indiana
fans and bring back the enthusiasm
that Indiana swimming once gar-
nered.
"The meet was exciting,"
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek
said, "but it wasn't exciting in that
we won the events we were sup-
posed to win and Texas won the
events they were supposed to win.
"As for Indiana, this year we
had to swim a lot harder than in
the past when we were able to
beat Indiana without much hastle."
Because the event was a dou-
ble dual meet, the scoring format
was different from a regular dual
meet in that only the top three, not
five, finishers receive points. The
individual events are scored 5-3-1,
and the relays are scored 7-0.
In a double dual meet, each
team fills two lanes of the six-lane
pool and the scoring is kept sepa-
rate. Thus, when figuring the
scores between two schools, the
times of the third school are disre-
garded. Thus, a second-place finish
still results in a first-place finish
againstthe team that did not win
the race.
Because Texas is deeper than
Michigan, the different scoring
system helped the Wolverines by
not allowing the deep bench to be
as much of a factor. Michigan's
scoring benefit was expounded
when Texas was disqualified from
one of the all-or-nothing relays giv-
ing Michigan seven points.
The disqualification was just

beat IU
what Michigan needed to have any
chance of winning. The Wolver-
ines capitalized on their strengths,
winning almost all the stroke
events, as well as placing high
from the diving boards once again.
However, the Longhorns strong
suit was strength, and they ex-
ploited all of Michigan's weak-
nesses. The gaping hole in the
Wolverines' freestyle sprint ability
left by the departed Brent Lang,
looked to Texas like blood to a
shark. Michigan has failed to pick
up any significant points in the
short yardage sprints this season.
Ironically, if World Champi-
onship swimmer Eric Namesnik
had won the 200 backstroke, one
of his strongest events, Michigan
would have won the meet.
"I was kind of disappointed in
my time in the 200 back," Names-
nik remarked, "especially consid-
ering the disqualification, because
we would have won."
Although the Wolverines re-
spect Texas' talent, they were not
overwhelmed.
"We were impressed with
Texas' strength and their depth,"
Namesnik said. "We went their
and achieved our goal - beating
Indiana - and really we weren't
all concerned with Texas."
Urbanchek was also impressed
with the Longhorns, and despite
his team's strong performance,
does not consider his team a legit-
imate contender in the fight for
NCAA championship in March.
"The disqualification really
made the score seem closer than it
was," Urbanchek said. "A dual
meet is a lot different than the
NCAAs, you can take 'a dual meet
with three or four great swimmers,
which we have: Mike Barrowman,
Eric Namesnik, Eric Wunderlich,
and Brian Gunn. However, to win
the NCAA you need 20 athletes,
and we really don't have that at
this time."
On Friday, Michigan will swim
the last home dual meet of the
season. The meet will be the last
time to see such swimming greats
as Mike Barrowman, Scott Apple-
dorn, and Jarret Winter.

Daly Sports Writer

Saturday's Simmons Invita-
tional - named after the
"founding father of women's track"
Red Simmons - was more than
just a Big Ten warm-up for the
Wolverine women's track team. It
signified advances made in the
*last ten years by all women's ath-
letic teams.
Simmons began coaching at
Michigan in 1977 and brought a
team of only five women to the
Big Ten championships that year.
He went on to start recruiting pro-
grams that led to the current suc-
cess enjoyed by the women's track
team.
The Wolverines celebrated the
tenth anniversary of the invita-
tional with a 181-160 victory over
Eastern Michigan, which they are
hoping will prepare them for the
Big Tens, now only two weeks
away.
Michigan coach James Henry
felt the competition from Eastern
Michigan runner Val Beckles en-
couraged Michigan's Suzzy
Thweatt and Richelle Webb to
improve on their times in the 60-
yard hurdles. Both Webb and
Thweatt ran new personal bests.
Beckles won both the 60-yard hur-
dles and the 60-yard dash.
Eastern coach Bob .Maybouer
said of her wins, "Val Beckles had
her best day of the year so far."
Wolverine senior Amy Bannis-
ter may not have had her best day
of the year, but her achievement of
the provisional standard in the 800
meters with a winning time of 2.08
was the highlight of the meet, ac-
cording to Henry.
"She had been struggling with
2.10 going into the meet, and it

compete like that when there was
no one for her to compete with,"
he said.
Bannister feels her performance
may help her in the future.
"I was happy with my splits
(.61 at the quarter mile and 1.34 at
600 meters) in terms of confidence
that I can go out hard," she said.
Bannister later anchored the
mile relay with teammates Chris

Carrie Yates. Distance coach Sue
Foster was satisfied with Yates'
performance in the relay as Yates
passed a Western Ontario runner in
the third lap of her leg of the relay,
putting the Wolverines ahead for
good.
Yates also ran a personal best
in the open 800 meters.
"It was a big breakthrough for
her," Henry said. "She's been run-

The meet also provided a con-
fidence booster for high-jumper
Amy McCormick, who won with a
jump of 5'6".
"I was trying to concentrate on
myself. Though I wanted 5'8", 5'6"
was a big goal," she said. "This
meet today made me think 'I can
win again."'

MVP Barkley helps East win 116-114 thriller

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -
Charles Barkley, a reluctant All-
Star, showed no reluctance to go
to the basket Sunday.
The powerful forward for the
Philadelphia 76ers, playing on a
stress fracture in his left foot, won
MVP honors with 17 points and 22
rebounds, leading the East to a
116-114 victory. The game was not
decided until the final seconds
when the West's Karl Malone was
called for basket interference on a
3-point attempt by teammate
Kevin Johnson.
Barkley wanted to miss the All-
Star game to rest his ailing foot
and sprained ankle. But he
returned to the 76ers four games
before All-Star weekend, and was
ordered to play by the NBA.
"I'm thrilled you volunteered to
be here," commissioner David
Stern needled Barkley at the
award ceremony.
Barkley's 22 rebounds were the
most of any All-Star since Wilt
Chamberlain grabbed 22 in 1967,
but five short of Bob Pettit's 1962
record.
"I'm glad I came down here,"
Barkley said. "My foot was hurting
a little, but I hope I can come

back strong in the second half of
the season."
Barkley also wanted to skip
All-Star weekend a year ago to
rest another injury, but he was
ordered to play or risk suspension
then, too.
"I had a really good time here,'
Barkley said. "The didn't do any-
thing until today. I didn't practice
on Saturday."
Barkley had 11 rebounds in
each half for the East, which im-
proved its All-Star game victory
margin to 27-14.
Malone and Magic Johnson
spoke good-naturedly of Barkley's
injury and volatile personality.
"I hate Charles because throws
everybody out of the way and then
he complains to the ref when he
gets nicked," Johnson said.
"That's his way. But with his re-

bounding, Charles set the tone for
the way the game was played."
"He has a stress fracture -
yeah, right," Malone said. "I think
he was setting everybody up, that
he was going to play soft."
The game was close most of
the way, with 20 lead changes.
The West climbed within two
points four times in the final
minutes without catching up.
Playing the first seven minutes
of the fourth quarter with forward
Tom Chambers at center because
of David Robinson's foul trouble,
the West pulled ahead 100-95
before the East regained control
with a 14-4 burst. Michael Jordan,
scoreless in the third quarter
following a 19-point first half, had
two baskets during the rally and
finished with 26 points, although
he turned the ball over 10 times.

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - The
crowd taunted Shaquille O'Neal,
and Duke tamed him.
Holding LSU's O'Neal to a sea-
son-low 15 points, the No. 6 Blue
Devils got 24 points from Christian
Laettner on Sunday for an 88-70
victory over the No. 19 Tigers.
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