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Women's Basketball
vs. Michigan State
Tonight, 7:30 p.m.
Crisler Arena
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS
Thursday, March 7, 1991

Ice Hockey
vs. Ferris State
Friday, 8:10 p.m.
Joe Louis Arena, Detroit
Page 9

In The
Blue swimmers sixth
%traight makes history
by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
When the Michigan men's swimming and diving team won the Big
Ten title in 1986, they were called champions.
In 1987, they called it back-to-back. In 1988, a three-peat. In 1989, a
hot streak, and in 1990, they were called the powerhouse of the Big Ten.
So now, after their winning the sixth straight, and Big Ten-record 25th
title, what should the team be called?
A dynasty.
I think it's a good word. Strong, but accurate. Let's face it, before
they lost in the 1991 NFC title game, just about everyone was ready to
call the San Francisco 49ers a dynasty, and they had only won two
Super Bowls in a row.
Wait. I hear the critics calling. "Come on, the recent years have
been a fluke. There's been an extraordinary run of talent on the team.
Brent Lang, Rick Wilkening, Mike Barrowman, Eric Namesnik, Eric
Wunderlich ... the Wolverines couldn't have done it without these
guys.
True, Michigan's exceptional individual ability has contributed
reatly to their success. But every dynasty is founded on superior talent.
How would the Yankees have done without Murderers Row? Or the
Steelers without the Steel Curtain?
Furthermore, luck does not detract from a great team's
accomplishments. Rather, it is indeed is a positive factor in every
athletic dynasty. Remember Franco Harris' Immaculate Reception?
The Michigan men's swimming team has had its share of luck, too.
Just this weekend, Iowa's "Mission Michigan" team was knocked from
contention by a disqualification in the 400 medley relay. And Saturday
afternoon, Michigan's previously injured Steve Bigelow just happened
4 turn in his best performance of the year.
Bigelow's achievements owe much to his extensive training..Which
brings up the final point about dynasties. Some say they're lucky. Some
say they're good. But usually, they're both.
With many more potential superstars coming up through the ranks,
someone should start thinking of adjectives to describe future Wolverine
teams. Names like Bailey, Bigelow, Gunn, and VanTassell are all sure
to be heard throughout the league in coming years. Furthermore,
Namesnik and Wunderlich are only juniors.
Just think of what the future brings.
'Netters lose to Mother
Nature and UC-Irvine

Women

'S

final game

is Hall in the family

by Albert Lin
Daily Basketball Writer
When the Wolverines
women's basketball team steps
onto the Crisler Arena floor for
their final match-up of the season,
one family will need a special
perspective.
The Halls, of Milford, Mich.,
have two daughters playing in the
tonight's game. But they play on
opposing teams.
Dianne, is a sophomore with
Michigan State. Though she plays
a reserve role, she still looks for-
ward to playing against her sister,
Wolverine redshirt frosh Michelle.
"(Our first meeting) was fun
:.. but it wasn't really that ma-
jor," she said. "I think it was
made more of a big deal than it
was."
Both sisters understand that
they might have to put their rela-
tionship aside temporarily if the
game is on the line.
"I'm not going to go and play
such an aggressive game that I'm
going to hurt my sister," Michelle
said. "But just because we're sis-
ters, I'm not going to not take
care of business."
Their parents wear 'Great Di-

vide' t-shirts to all the games hop-
ing for the best from both daugh-
ters.
"We sit in the center and
cheer both girls, and yell at the
referees over whatever they do to
either one of them," their father,
Jim, said. "We know that it's
something we have to cope with.
We hope each girl scores 35, and
that the game ends in a tie."
Michigan (4-13 in the Big
Ten, 11-16 overall) has only Sun-
day's victory over Minnesota to
show for the last two weeks of
solid competition. Coach Bud
VanDeWege is happy with his
team 's efforts though.
"You have to take some satis-
faction that at least (the team
has) hung in there, they continue
to compete, and they are playing
well," he said.
"If we beat State, it would put
together a really good ending for
the younger players, to work over
the summer and build for next
year," senior Carol Szczechowski
said.
The Spartans (20-7, 12-5), who
are most likely on their way to
the NCAA tournament, hold sec-
ond place in the conference.

File Photo/JOSE JUAREZ
I Tonight's Michigan-Michigan State game will be a family affair for the
Wolverines' Michelle Hall and her sister, Dianne.
* FULL COU RT.
PRESS

Seniors say farewell to
to basketball careers

by Rod Loewenthal
Daily Basketball Writer
Although tonight is the last Michigan bas-
ketball game for senior guard Carol
Szczechowski, it is also the last game for two
lesser-known Michigan seniors- Barb Loeher
and Jill VanStee.
This year has been a rebuilding one for
Michigan, not like last season when experi-
enced seniors led the team to the second round
of the NCAA tournament. Loeher and VanStee
had plenty of free time this season to think
about last year's glory as the two have not
seen much action.
But Loeher does not mind her limited role
on this year's squad, as a first-year walk-on. It
was a challenge for her just to make the team.
"It's kind of like a high school prayer to

play in college," Loeher said. "Going out for U
of M was a challenge, and I would have re-
gretted not trying."
It has only been during this season that
coach Bud VanDeWege gave Loeher a schol-
arship. VanStee did not earn her scholarship
until her sophomore year.
Both of the players have been credited by
VanDeWege as performing strong in practice.
"I think the quality of your opposition in prac-
tice will determine your play," VanDeWege
said. "While Jill and Barbie didn't realize the
minutes (game time), they always stayed mo-
tivated."
Ever since her first year, Loeher has been'
known for her attention to detail. It became
custom for VanDeWege to explain a drill in
practice and then for Loeher to ask a question

about some aspect of the drill that she didn't
understand. It got to the point where
"eventually he'd tell me to write it down in a
log or journal," Loeher said.
Coincidentally, both players suffered knee
injuries during their junior years. VanStee was
redshirted because of the injury, a torn anterior
cruciate ligament.
"It was a struggle coming back from my
knee injury," VanStee said. "I rehabbed every
day for two to three hours for a whole year."
This hard work and dedication paid of for
VanStee who made -an appearance in the
NCAA tournament against North Carolina
State. "I would say playing in the tournament
and getting my scholarship after the first year
.were some of my highlights here at Michi-
gan," VanStee said.

by Jason Gomberg
Daily Sports Writer
After a week of rain in Califor-
nia, the Michigan men's tennis
team is set to enter the thrust of
their conference schedule.
* The Wolverines (1-0 in the Big
Ten, 6-2 overall) face defending
Big Ten champion Northwestern
(0-0,1-4) under the dry roof of the
Liberty Sports Complex, in a
match tentatively scheduled for
Saturday.
The players' sojurn to the West
Coast featured more chances to
develop waterlogs than it did op-
ortunities to play tennis. Two
matches, against UCLA and Pep-
perdine, were cancelled due to
rain.
In its one team competition,
Michigan fell to UC-Irvine by a 6-
3 count. The lone victors for the
Wolverines included No. 1 singles
player David Kass (15-6, ranked
No. 9), No. 5 Mitch Rubenstein
(10-5), and No. 6 John Lingon (9-
Irvine's No. 3 doubles teams
swept their Michigan counterparts.
"In the doubles matches there
was such a disappointment from
after the singles matches," Michi-
gan coach Brian Eisner said, "We
had a couple of matches get away.
There was a feeling that we should
have won the match in the singles,
and the intensity dropped off in the
loubles."
One change Eisner has made is
to replace Lingon with Rubenstein
on the third doubles team.
Paul Torricelli's Wildcat squad
is led by Steve Herdoiza, ranked
25th in the country. Other North-
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western standouts include Giora
Payes, Todd Occomy, and Mark
Eisen. Hindering the team is the
graduation of three other players
from last year's squad.
"Northwestern has a lot of
freshman in the lineup," Eisner
said. "And you don't ever know
how they're going to play."

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