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Page 10-The Michigan Daily -Wednesday, March 6, 1991

'M' swim foes faced mission impossible

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Selected by league coaches

by Andy De Korte
Daily Sports Writer

Michigan (696.50 points, first
place) rolled to its sixth straight
conference men's swimming title,
the rest of the Big Ten had its own
Iowa (459, fourth) considered
itself ready to overthrow the
reigning champions. Coach Glenn
Patton created 'MM' or 'Mission
Michigan', which was written
everywhere in Iowa's camp -
from the swimsuits to the media
guide. While the slogan may have
excited the Hawkeyes, the Wol-
verines gained at least equal fire.
"On the way down here we
found out that they had shirts and
things that said '1991 Big Ten
Swimming Champions,' besides
the 'Mission Michigan' stuff,"
Michigan swimmer Eric Wunder-
lich said. "After we heard that they
did that in 1981 and beat us, we
pretty much made a pact that that
was not going to happen again."
The fourth-place finish did not
appease Patton. After a poor first
day, Patton simply wanted to
finish in the top three.
While some Hawkeyes faltered,
Artur Wojdat defended two of his
three titles from last year (200,
500-yard free) and the Big Ten
Swimmer of the Year title while
finishing second in the 1650 free.
"The triple title defense would
have been nice," Wojdat said,

"but I am really still in preparation
for the NCAA."
Tomasz Gawronski, Stewart
Carroll, and Michael Johnson, who
each earned All-Big Ten honors,
will join Wojdat in Austin, Tx., for
the NCAAs.
On the other hand, Minnesota
(573.50, second) set more realistic
"Our goal was to finish in the
top three," coach Dennis Dale
said. "And we are very happy with
our finish, it's as high as we
thought we could finish, and we
were happy to cut the margin of
loss from last year's which was
near 240."
Minnesota's relay teams
provided the Gophers' biggest
highlights by taking a first, two
seconds, a third, and a fourth place
finish. Last year's 100 and 200
butterfly winner, Sean Quacken-
bush, lost both titles. But he still
earned All-Big Ten honors along
with Paul Nelsen, Delano Cerney
and Andrew Kurtz.
Indiana (492.50, third) was the
surprise of the meet, finishing
ahead of three nationally-ranked
"I wasn't really as surprised as
everyone else," Big Ten co-Coach
of the Year, Kris Kirchner said.
"We really have some great swim-
mers and this is their big show,
and they made the most of it."
Indiana had a host of swimmers
make the All-Big Ten list: Greg

Botos, Erik Streib, Joe McGinnis,
Richard Granneman, James
Sweeney, and David Burgess.
Ohio State (424.50, fifth)
fulfilled its expectations. "When
we came down here, we wanted to
beat our career bests, qualify the
most guys as possible for the
NCAAs, and to finish in the top
half of the conference." coach Bill
Wadley said.
David Pichler, Big Ten Diver of
the Year, was the only Buckeye
named to the All-Big Ten team
and led Ohio State with 57 points
in the three diving events.
Both Michigan State (399,
sixth) and Wisconsin (303'
seventh) swam as expected.
"Well, we didn't think we had
an opportunity to win," MSU
coach Richard Bader said. "What
we realistically wanted to do was
to have as many guys make the
NCAA cuts as possible."
While the lack of any divers
and inexperience kept the team
from reaching the higher rank,
another year should bring a
challenging team.
Although no Spartan won an
event to claim All-Big Ten status,
both Steven Leissner and Kevin
Zielinski earned at-large selections
as well as qualifying for the
NCAAs with strong performances.
Badger coach Jack Pettinger
had similar aims. "We came in
here, knowing we wouldn't win.
Qualifying our swimmers for the

NCAAs was really one of our
biggest goals," he said.
Purdue's finish (194.50, eighth)
would have been considered a
catastrophe at the beginning of the
year. However, Purdue lost two
great hopes, Dean Fredette and
Eric VanKanaer, to injuries, and
proven veteran George Fastrich to
Only Brian Daly and John
Klinge won significant points for
A ninth-place finish would be
considered bad for most teams -
however, not for Northwestern
(118.50, ninth).
"We've been last for almost 15
years, our goal was to get out of
the cellar," coach Bob Groeseth
Swimmer Matt Johnson dis-
played some of the team's euphor-
ia after so many years in the
basement. "We feel really great,
its been our goal all year. It's all
we've been thinking about since
January, we had signs on our
locker and everything."
Behind Iowa, Illinois' last-place
finish (106, tenth) was the most
disappointing in terms of what the
coach had expected.
"I really thought we could
finish seventh or eighth, obviously
we didn't do that." coach Don
Sammons said. "I really am not
satisfied at all with the per-
formance of our guys."

All - League Selections



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Player. School 1st Team Votes
First Team
Darrin Madeley, LSSU 5
Karl Johnston, LSSU 7
Jason Woolley, MSU 7
Jim Dowd, LSSU 8
Denny Feisner, Mich. 7
Doug Weight, LSSU 5
Second Team
Mike Gilmore, MSU 1
Mark Astley, LSSU 2
Patrick Neaton, Mich. 2
David Roberts, Mich. 4
Rod Taylor, FSU 1
Mike Eastwoood, WMU 2


Vote Totals: (1st Place - l0pts; 2nd Place - 5; 3rd Place - 2)

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CCHA Final Four at Joe Louis Arena

Friday. March 8
5:10 p.m.- Lake Superior vs.
(PASS) Western Michigan
8:10 p.m.- Michigan vs.
(PASS) Ferris State

Saturday. March 9
4:00 p.m.- CCHA


7:40 p.m.-



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Starting times for the CCHA
semifinal games were incorrectly
reported in yesterday's Daily. L
Superior, the No. 1 seed will fac
the No. 4 seed, Western Michigan
at 5:10 p.m. Friday. Michigan, the
No. 2 seed will take on the No. 3
seed, Ferris State, at 8:10 p.m.
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