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Men's Basketball
vs. Wisconsin
Tonight, 8p.m.
Crisler Arena
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

Women's Gymnastics
vs. Eastern Michigan
Tonight, 7 p.m.
Keen Arena
Page 8

Thursday, February 21, 1991

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Wisconsin, Blue
seek redemption

by Phil Green
Daily Basketball Writer
One team will have to redeem it-
self in tonight's basketball game at
Crisler Arena. Either Michigan, who
squandered a seven-point double-
overtime lead in an 83-77 loss to
Purdue Monday night, or Wisconsin,
who blew a 14-point halftime lead
against the Wolverines in Madison,
must win tonight.
"We won in Wisconsin like Pur-
due did here," Michigan coach Steve
Fisher said. "Wisconsin did what we
have to do, they bounced back."
The Badgers (6-6 in the Big Ten,
12-12 overall) followed their 69-68
defeat to the Wolverines (5-8, 12-11)
with victories over Northwestern and
Purdue.
"We're looking to the game with
Michigan before," Badger coach

Steve Yoder said. "We're just hoping
we can come back on the road. We
have to play better defense than we
did in the first outing."
Wisconsin's defensive pressure
during the previous meeting's second
half allowed Michigan's guards to
penetrate at will or sink open jump
shots.
In addition, tight Wolverine de-
fense impeded Wisconsin's front line
of Patrick Tompkins and Willie
Simms, while shutting down the
outside shooting of Tim Locum.
"Big strong guys have given us
trouble inside. We've got to beat
(Tompkins) to a spot and get a quick
double team," Fisher said. "We have
to make sure not to give him a ca-
reer night."

Fie PhOtOXENNE I HSMULLER
Michigan defenders Eric Riley and Freddie Hunter (31) deny Wisconsin
center Patrick Tompkins a shot earlier this season in Madison.

Swimmers look to defend conference titles

Men's six drive leads to Indy

Women hope to take the fifth

by Andy De Korte
Daily Sports Writer
Like the Republican stranglehold
on the Presidency, the Michigan
men's swimming team has domi-
nated the Big Ten, winning five
straight Big Ten championships.
Next weekend in Indianapolis, the
swimmers must defend their title
from an onslaught of upstarts.
The title defense has not always
been a challenge for Michigan.
"The Big Ten was not a big ob-
stacle in the past two or three years,"
Michigan coach Jon Urbanchek said.
"We could look past this meet and
win it without too much trouble.
"This year, we could be surprised.
Iowa and Minnesota are improved
teams this season and could beat us."
Iowa coach Glenn Patton, whose
team has dubbed its season 'Mission
Michigan,' was not quite certain of
his teams chances.
"Michigan is the elite team of the
Big Ten conference. They're head and
shoulders above the conference right
now."
Patton said this before a Ohio
State thrashed the Wolverines.
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took advantage of its dynamics, it
should not be considered a force at
the meet.
Although the Buckeyes will not
contend for the conference title, the
defeat did expose Michigan's major
weakness - sprints.
Fortunately for Michigan, world-
class swimmers Mike Barrowman,
Eric Namesnik, and Eric Wunderlich
lead Michigan's multi-faceted attack.
Also, with coach Dick Kimball's
strong diving contingent the
Wolverines are still favored to win
the meet.
THE MICHIGAN OPEN
Because only 20 swimmers and
divers represent a team at the Big
Ten meet, a number of athletes can-
not compete. Instead of Indianapolis,
three teams will send swimmers to
Canham Natatorium this weekend to
compete in the Michigan Open.
The meet, which starts Saturday
at 5 p.m., will resume on Sunday at
11 a.m. and 5 p.m., with each ses-
sion lasting less than one hour.
"We do this to give our younger
swimmers a season clincher," Ur-
banchek said. "They deserve the
chance to see how far they've come
and what they can do."

by Yoav Irom
Daily Sports Writer
Following a tough season of
long road trips and a considerable
amount of training, the Michigan
women's swimming and diving
team anxiously awaits this week-
end's Big Ten Championships.
The Wolverines (3-0 in the Big
Ten, 6-4 overall) will travel to
Minneapolis, attempting to capture
their fifth straight Big Ten Cham-
pionship
Michigan's dominance in the
past has come as a result of staying
tough and preparing diligently, and
the Wolverines feel confident going
into this weekend's meet.
"We have seen some solid per-
formances this season and we are
well prepared," said head coach Jim
Richardson.
Michigan will rely on strong
performances from Lisa Anderson,
Val Hyduk, Tara Higgins and diver
Whitney Scherer to lead the team.
Richardson sees other teams as hav-
ing advantages that could enable an
upset of the top-seeded Wolverines.
"Purdue has the best recruiting
class, Northwestern always has

strong swimmers and Minnesota
has the home pool advantage," he
said.
Michigan's main focus all sea-
son has been on training hard and
peaking for the Championships.
The Wolverines are satisfied with
the season thus far and are excited
about going to Minneapolis.
"The season has gone great,"
said swimmer Karen Barnes, "We
have accomplished what our goals
are, and now are psyched for the Big
Ten's."
"I think we all did a little better
than expected," added swimmer
Jenny Sutton. "We're all just really
excited about the Championships."
Since Michigan's last meet was
three weeks ago, when it defeated
Big Ten rival Indiana, it has had
time to train and to remain healthy.
"We were fatiguing mentally as
well as physically," Richardson
said. "We have had a lot of rest, and
that will help."
After the Big Ten Champi-
onships, the Wolverines will swim
at home in the Michigan Invita-
tional March 1 and 2.

Break brings bevy
of Blue contests
Women gymnasts host Emus
by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
Eastern Michigan brings its new and improved school nickname t
Keen Arena tonight. The "Emus" bring with them momentum from
last weekend's season best, surprise performance of 188 points. The
Wolverine's best performance this season is 186.
"It won't be easy," Michigan coach Bev Fry said. "Until (last week
end), Eastern's been about a 184-point team all year, but our kids have
competed well at home."
After tonight's meet the Wolverine squad will get three days off be-
fore leaving for Louisiana Monday. Once there, Michigan will spend
three days in training and compete against Louisiana State March 1.
Men compete on San Andreas vault
by Robert Siegel
Daily Sports Writer
It's that time of year again for a certain select group of Michigan
students. That time of year when somersaults are confused with summer
solstices. And the pommel horse is mistaken for the Trojan Horse.
The Michigan men's gymnasts have been preparing not only for cal-
culus and psychology this week, but also for Stanford and San Jose
State.
The Wolverines' first meet occurs March 27 at San Jose State with
Stanford and Berkeley. The second will be two days later at Stanford
with San Jose State, and the third will be March 2 at Stanford.
"I think we've got a good shot at beating Stanford," first-year gym-
nast Seth Rubin said. "Practice this week has been really intense and
that's a good sign."
Michigan coach Bob Darden feels the Wolverines should beat San
Jose State and Berkeley. But after last weekend's disappointing losses to
Wisconsin and Illinois-Chicago, the should must be emphasized.
Michigan also sees this trip as a great opportunity to get the scores
necessary to qualify for regionals.
"Teams tend to score higher out West," Darden said. "I think the
judges' criteria is less strict out there. They seem to score more flexi-
bly."
Baseball team throws out first pitch
by Matthew Dodge
Daily Baseball Writer
College baseball's version of the Grapefruit League is ripe to begin.
The Michigan Wolverines will harvest a new season Saturday in St. Pe-
tersburg, Fla. against Eckerd.
Next up will be the South Florida Tournament, which matches
Michigan against national Division I powers South Florida and Maine.
One could not ask for a more demanding non-conference schedule.
"(South Florida and Maine) won more games than we did last year,"
Freehan said. "If we're above .500 at the end of spring break, I'll be
happy."
As a warm-up for the USF Tournament, Michigan will criss-cross
the Tampa area to play three nationally-ranked Division II squads: No. 2
Florida Southern(2-0), No. 7 Tampa(4-4) and No. 10 Rollins(2-2).
"They will be better than the teams in the lower half of the Big
Ten," Freehan said. "They've already played 12 games. These are not
easy teams for us to see, because we are coming out of the North."
According to Baseball America, Michigan is currently the No. 11
team in the nation. The Wolverines begin the year with a highly-touted
slew of rookies, who will be showcased in Florida.
"I'll find out soon if I have new players who can help this year,"
Freehan said. "I would like to think several of them would have a
chance to contribute to the team in the field. That's some of what the
spring trip is all about."
Softball team travels to New Mexico
by Jason Bank
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan softball team will get a sneak preview of the summer
and its 1991 season during spring break in New Mexico, where it plays "
two softball tournaments.
This weekend, Michigan will compete in a round-robin tournament
at the New Mexico Invitational, which features New Mexico, New
Mexico State, and Stephen F. Austin. Michigan will then play in the
New Mexico State "Road Runner" Invitational with 19 other teams
February 28-March 2.
This season, Michigan softball head coach Carol Hutchins will try
to keep her team at a high level of concentration.
"We're just looking to get our feet wet," Hutchins said. "Our goal is
to be a whole lot better on the last day we play than on the first day."



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Wrestlers travel to Illinois for Big Tens

by Josh Dubow
Daily Sports Writer_
Entering the Big Ten Wrestling Championships,
first place has all but been decided as 17-time defending
Big Ten champion Iowa fields one of its strongest
teams in recent memory.
Michigan coach Dale Bahr assesses the No. 1 ranked
Hawkeyes' dominance. "Iowa's a lock," Bahr said. "If I
had all the money in the world, I'd bet it on Iowa."
Iowa assistant coach Barry Davis echoes Bahr's con-
fidence. "I don't think another team has enough depth to
knock us off, even if we don't wrestle well."
This year's Championships will be held next week-
end in Illinois. While Iowa is the clear-cut favorite,
there should be a fierce battle for second place between
Michigan, Ohio State, Minnesota, Purdue, and Wiscon-
sin. All five teams are ranked among the top 13 in the
nation, with Ohio State the highest at No. 5.
As important as the team results are, individual re-
sults will determine the NCAA qualifiers. Out of the 60
wrestlers who will place, 53 - the top four finishers in
each class, and 13 other wrestlers who place - will
qualify for NCAAs.
Iowa should dominate the lower-weight classes with

five projected No. 1 seeds in the first six weight classes
- Chad Zaputil (118 pounds), Terry Brands (126), Tom
Brands (134), Troy Steiner (142) and Tom Ryan (158).
Wisconsin's Matt Demaray should crash the Hawkeye
party as the No. 1 seed at 150 pounds.
No school will dominate the upper-weight classes,
as the four favorites - Charlie Jones (167) of Purdue,
Marty Morgan (177) of Minnesota, Mike Funk (190) of
Northwestern, and Jon Llewellyn (HWT) of Illinois -
represent a variety of schools.
Bahr envisions seven Michigan wrestlers earning
seeds - Joey Gilbert (134), Sean Bormet (158), and
Fritz Lehrke (190) at No. 2, Salem Yaffai (118), James
Rawls (142), and Phil Tomek (HWT) at No. 3 and
Lanny Green (177) at No. 4.
Wolverine Brian Harper (150) had his foot placed in
a cast to avoid aggravating a possible ruptured tendon.
Harper is scheduled to start practicing next Tuesday, and
if healthy, Harper will have a chance at a possible
NCAA berth.
Bahr is optimistic about both Michigan's individual
and team results next week.
"We are hoping to get seven qualifiers," he said. "If
we can do that, we should have a great shot at second."

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BERENSON
Continued from page 8
I'm still somewhat accountable for
the behavior of my team," Berenson
said. "Hopefully this will send a
message to other players and coaches
for future incidents.
"The (CCHA) wanted to make it
clear that everyone is accountable.
They just feel that we are account-

able for the behavior of our team an
it wasn't a specific thing they felt
we could have done, but they still
didn't like the fact that both our
teams were on the ice fighting."
Assistant coaches Ml 1Pearson
and Dave S hand will head the re-
maining 16 Wolverines in Beren-
son's absence. All of Michigan's
suspended players will be back for
the first round of the CCHA Play-
offs, commencing March 1 at Yost.

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