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Men's Swimming
NCAA Championships
Today and Tomorrow
Austin, Texas
The Michigan Daily

SPORTS

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Today, 3 p.m.
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Paan 10i.

Friday, March 29, 1991

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Cyclists pedal to improvement

...

by Caryn Seidman
Daily Sports Writer
With an improved men's team
and an extremely strengthened
women's team, the Michigan co-ed
cycling club is making a run at qual-
ifying for the national tournament.
The club, which began three years
ago, has placed third in both of their
meets -so far this season, at Ball
State and Kentucky, and its members
say that those meets were really
just practice.
"In our first two meets we did
not have all our riders, and we just
used the races as a tune-up," captain
Scott Robinson said. "We hope to
race at full strength this weekend,
Saturday in Waterford and Sunday
in Ann Arbor."
Though Robinson and his team-
mates still aim at making nationals,
they now appear less optimistic
about their chances.
"It's not looking like we can do
it this year," Robinson said. "I
think Ball State and Missouri will
finish first and second. I think we
can finish third in the conference."
That is an encouraging finish for
a team which, according to rider
John Blount, is just starting to get
off the ground. The team is begin-
ning to attract more and more riders
every season despite being a demand-
ing and rather obscure sport.

"It's extremely challenging,"
Blount said. "Not only is it hard
physically, but it's a tactical sport
as well. Although it does not appear
to be a team sport, it really is. You
need your teammate's help."
Robinson's training schedule
demonstrates how physically de-
manding cycling is. He trains three
to four hours a day, sometimes just
riding sprints, and other times he
and his teammates simply go on
long rides.
'Not only is it hard
physically, but it's a
tactical sport as well.
You need your
teammate's help'
- John Blount,
Michigan cyclist
"I'm truly dedicated to this, it
runs my life," Robinson said. "Over
the last year, I have picked up my
season because I saw there was room
to improve."
Along with his self-improve-
ment, Robinson is hoping to im-
prove the women's team from last
year and get even more women in-
volved in the sport.
"If we have a strong women's
team, it helps our push toward na-
tionals, since they combine men and

women into a team score," Robin-
son said.
First-year cyclist, Sandy Najar-
ian, who is also a soccer player,
placed second in two races last
weekend at Ball State and third at
Kentucky.
"We are putting some pressure
on her this weekend to go for the
win," Robinson said.
Robinson attributes the
women's success this season to
first-year coach, Kurt Schalden-
brand. Last year, Schaldenbrand was
a rider, and two years ago, he was
president of the then-fledgling club.
"He has put a lot of effort into
recruiting women, and he has done a
great job," Robinson said. "He also
organizes our workouts and riding
strategies."
This weekend is a short one-
kilometer course; the men have 40
kilometers to ride and the women
have 20 kilometers to go. Because of
the relatively short distance, it will
be a fast race, requiring average
speeds of roughly 28 miles per
hour.
At this high speed, the club's
main goal is to beat Purdue.
"They've just slipped by us in
both races," Robinson said. "Some
more power in the men's part
should boost us past Purdue, right
into second place."

M' women golfers tee off season

by Andy De Korte
Daily Sports Writer
Most students would enjoy
spending an Easter or Passover
'respite in South Carolina this week-
end. However, after travelling to
San Diego, Calif., for Spring Break,
South Carolina is something of a
letdown for the Michigan women's
golf team.
The women golfers will see
'heir first competitive action of the
season in the three-day South Car-

olina Women's Invitational which
starts today. The tournament is
hosted by the University of South
Carolina and played at the Wood-
lands Country Club in northeast
Columbia, S.C.
Michigan coach Sue LeClair is
generally afforded six golfers per
road trip; however, she could only
take five to South Carolina, which
left her with a difficult decision.
. The annual trip to California is

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important in determining LeClair's
early-season meet participants.
"When we go to California to
warm-up and to train, I like to eval-
uate the talent and see who is golf-
ing well," LeClair said. "But be-
cause it rained for the last threeudays
of the trip, I'm not sure how help-
ful the trip was."
The weather in Michigan has al-
lowed for little golf thus far, but
the Wolverines have been hitting
balls at a heated driving range for
most of the winter. While the squad
has played on a few of its home
holes, the course officially opens on
April 1.
Senior Becky Hayes, the winner
of Lady Wolverine Invitational last
fall, will lead five golfers on the
5,891-yard-long, par-72 course.
Erica Zonder will be right be-
hind her. During the last ,tourna-
ment of the fall at Ohio State, Zon-
der pulled ahead of Hayes for the
team lead in season scoring, 80.6 to
81.6.
Kristin Beilstein, Wendy Bigler,
and Mary Hartman are the other
Wolverines making appearances at
the season's first invitational.
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DENVER - The National
League expansion committee com-
pleted its tour of the six contending
cities by touring Denver on Tuesday.
Douglas Danforth, chairman of
the Pittsburgh Pirates and of the
expansion committee, said he came
to Denver with concerns about the
prospective ownership group, but,
"We have a higher comfort level
with them now.-
In the last few weeks, the group
headed by managing general partner
John Antonucci secured a $30 mil-
lion commitment from Adolph
Coors Co. and picked a site for a sta-
dium, to be named Coors Field.
"At first we were concerned
that the general partner wouldn't be
residing in Denver," Danforth said.
"We're satisfied now that
(Antonucci) will beliving here. We
weren't convinced they could raise
$100 million. Now we are. And the
majority of that equity will be
from the Denver area, and that's im-

Going for it all
Michigan swimmer Eric Namesnik and his teammates are in Austin, Texas, competing in the National
Swimming and Diving Championships. The competition began yesterday and will continue through tomorrow.
Complete results of the Wolverine tankers will be available in SportsMonday.
National League tours Denver
Associated Press

portant to us, too. Coors is a big
player, a strong corporate presence.
We weren't convinced they would
build a new facility for baseball.
With the stadium bond vote, now
we are."
The Denver team would play its
first two seasons in Mile High
Stadium, currently home to the
Class AAA Denver Zephyrs of the
American Association. The commit-
tee viewed the stadium site from he-
licopters and spent some time at
Mile High, then had lunch at the
governor's mansion and watched a
rally attended by about 2,000 peo-
ple.
In touting Denver as a regional
franchise, Sen. Tim Wirth, D-Colo.,
presented the committee with a let-
ter endorsing Denver's bid that was
signed by 13 U.S. senators from
Idaho, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada,
South Dakota, North Dakota,
Nebraska, Montana and Wyoming.
The committee visited Buffalo,

N.Y., and Washington on Monday.
Last month, the group visited the
three Florida contenders - Miami'0
Orlando and St. Petersburg.
Danforth hopes the two new
cities can be selected at the quarl
terly owners' meetings on June 12-
13 at Los Angeles. However, some
baseball officials want a vote post-
poned until after the All-Star breakr
On Monday, the committee cited
Buffalo's solid ownership and firs-
rate ballpark, but said the area's dep
clining population might work
against it. The Buffalo metro area
has a population of about 900,000,
By comparison, Denver's is 1.8 mil-
lion.
The committee said there were
"no negatives" in the Washington
bid, noting the area's 3.9 milliorl
population. But with Baltimore's
close proximity, they questioned
whether the area could support two
clubs.

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