Michigan in the Olympics


Barcelona - 1992 - Albertville


Namesnik  Mike Barrowman Gustavo Borges
Eric Namesnik               Mike Barrowman                Gustavo Borges

Mike Barrowman led a strong contingent of former, current and future Wolverine swimmers at Barcelona. Barrowman set a world record in winning gold in the 200 meter breaststroke and Eric Namesnik picked up a silver for the U.S. Brazil's Gustavo Borges placed 2nd, 6th and 7th in freestyle events. Alejandro Alvizuri competed in his third Olympics, while freshmen-to-be Marcel Wouda and Royce Sharp made their debuts. Derya Buyukuncu and Ryan Papa representing Turkey and the Philippines, would join the Wolverine squad in 1994.

Alejandro Alvizuri  Marcel Wouda  Royce Sharp
Alejandro Alvizuri, Marcel Wouda, Royce Sharp

Derya Buyukuncu  Ryan Papa  Kent Ferguson
Derya Buyukuncu, Ryan Papa, Kent Ferguson

World champion diver Kent Ferguson placed 5th in three meter diving. Mark Lenzi, who trained with Dick Kimball, won the gold for the U.S. Greg Barton returned to defend his two kayak gold medals from 1988, finishing 3rd in the individual and 4th in the doubles 1000 meter races.

Penny Neer became the first UM woman to make the U.S. team in a field event, but did not place in the discus competition. Brian Diemer made his third Olympic appearance and was selected captain of the U.S. track squad. Carl Schueler won the U.S. 50 K race walking trials for the third time, making his fourth Olympic team. He placed 23rd in Barcelona with a time 4:13:38.

Penny Neer  Brien Diemer  Greg Barton  
Penny Neer, Brian Diemer, Greg Barton, Carl Schueler

Dick Kimball again coached the U.S. diving team and Mark Lenzi's gold in the 3-meter springboard prevented a Chinses sweep of the gold. Scott Donie placed second in platform and Mary Ellen Clark won a bronze medal in the women's platform. Lenzi and Julie Ovenhous (NCAA Champion for MSU, fifth in spirngboard at Barcleona) both trained with Kimball Divers.

Winter Games

Todd Brost helped Canada win its first Olympic medal since as the Canadians placed second to the unified team of the former Soviet Union. The Canadians lost to he Unified team 5-4 in the opening round and defeated bronze medallist Czechoslovakia before losing 3-1 in the gold medal game. Brost suited up for all eight of Canada's games but did not score.

Brost played for UM 1985/86-1988/89 and served as captain in 1987/88 and 1988/89. He tallied 173 career points for the Wolverines on 63 goals and 110 assists. He played center for the Canadian National Team 1988/89-1991/92, with a season best 51 points in 73 games in 1989/90.

The U-M Results - 1992

Mike Barrowman
   200 m. breaststroke1st, world record
Eric Namesnik
   400 m. ind. medley2nd
Gustavo Borges (Brazil)
   100 m. freestyle2nd
   400 m. freestyle relay6th
   800 m. freestyle relay7th
   50 m. freestyle5th
   200 m. freestyledid not place
Alejandro Alvizuri (Peru)
   100 m. backstrokedid not place
   00 m. backstrokedid not place
   200 m. ind. medleydid not place
Royce Sharp
   200 m. backstrokedid not place
Marcel Wouda (Netherlands)
   200 m. ind. medley22nd
   400 m. ind. medley19th
   400 m. freestyle
Kent Ferguson
   3 meter diving5th
Derya Buyukuncu (Turkey)
   backstrokedid not place
Raymond Papa (Philippines)
   backstrokedid not place
Penny Neer
   discusdid not place
Brian Diemer
   3000 m. steeplechase7th
Carl Schueler
   50 K. race walk 23rd, 4:13:38
Greg Barton
   kayak, 1000 m. ind.3rd
   kayak, 1000 m. double4th
Dick Kimball
   diving coach
Todd Brost (Canada)
   Ice Hockey Silver

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