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Sophs Rewrite Rebuilding Script
Last year, the gymnastics team
advanced to the NCAA finals and
turned out to be the second best
team in the country. From this
team, seven members were lost
because of graduation. That
meant that this year should have
been a rebuilding season.
But this year's sophomores tend
to change the outlook. Five of
them in particular are going far
towards filling the vacated spots. '
Sid Jensen, because of his ver-
satility, is the most promising of
the foursome. A member of the
Canadian Pan-American and Pre-
Olympic teams, Jensen is also the
most well-known.
Jensen specializes in nothing: in
other words, he's an excellent all-r
around gymnast. His best event!
is vaulting, although his scores
on the parallel bars and high
bar are not far behind.
Loken Praises
Coach Newt Loken is so pleased
with Jensen that he intones, "Sid.
is the kind of gymnast one tries
to compare to other Michigan.;

greats, such as Gil Larose and
Rudy Monpetite."
Jensen received his impetus to-!
ther, a previous Olympic gym- been called upon by gymnastics coach Newt Loken to fill the gap
nast from Denmark. Jensen him- of last year's team in this rebuilding year. Rapper has moved in
self hails from Canada. He grew parallel bars while DeBoo has taken over as number one on the
up there and considered going to verines' best all-around man and Huntzicker has excelled on the
college there, but chose Michigan
for the age-old reason, "It had a anyone want to do anything? It's At times one tends to believe
high academic rating as well as just something you think about him. His scores this season have
having excellent athletic teams." and decide to do." been erratic, but his best scores
Presently Jensen has time for Another of the sophomores have been very good. If he is able
little besides school and gym- could be termed the home town to stabilize his efforts, he might'
nastics. "When I'm not studying favorite. George Huntzicker hails be right. He placed fifth in the
or practicing for the team," he from Ann Arbor, where he com- Midwest Open, but his scores have
notes, "I'm working on the com- peted for Ann Arbor High, and it sometimes fallen below nine points.
puls r" Being rated in one of was a foregone conclusion that he Huntzicker is also an excellent.
Canad.a's best gymnasts, he is was going to Michigan. performer in the floor exercise. He
more concerned with winning a Loves Tramp combines with Jacobs to form the
gold medal than making the Can- Huntzicker favors the trampo- backbone of the team during reg-
adian team,tan almost certainty. line over the other two events he ular competition.
Unusual competes in, vaulting and floor Huntzicker picked up his last
Jensen's future intersts are ex- exercise. Even though Michigan's event, vaulting, in order to, as he
tremely unusual. His ambition is other two trampolinists are two of said, "make myself more ver-
"to visit at least 80 countries be- the best in the world, Huntzicker satile." If this was his purpose,
fore settling down in any one is undaunted. "I knew I'd be corm- he has accomplished it well. Be-
spot. After that I wouldn't mind peting against Dave (Jacobs) and sides tying for second place in the
doing something like teaching in Wayne (Miller) before I came up Midwest Open, he has consistently
Africa." He wasn't sure just why here and I personally feel that scored above nine points, an ex-
he wants to do this: "Why does I'm better than either of them." cellent score, for a "sidelight"
. _ - - _event.

Daily-Bernie Baker
caused by the loss of over half
to the role of top man on the
side horse. Jensen is the Wol-
trampoline and side horse.
He has consistently scored above
9.0 and scored a 9.45 against West-
ern Michigan.
Rapper felt that his biggest year
of improvement was his freshman
year. He noted, "In your freshman
year, you are able to learn tech -
niques you never dreamed yot
could do, and you are also able
to improve your style and fine
points of your routine."
Frosh Improvement
Another sophomore who hails
from the Chicago area is Jim De-
boo. He has been hampered by in-
experience this year, even though
he has been leading the Wblverines
on the side horse. While he has
placed consistently above eight
points, he has been unable to break
the 9.0 barrier. Loken, however,
feels that, "He just needs the co~r*
petition and experience before he
lives up to his potential. I think he
should be much improved by the
end of the season."
Loken added, "In general, the
sophomores are doing an excellent
job of filing in the void left by the
graduating seniors. Evei thouglh
they slipped against Iowa, I think
we should be able to recover and
overtake Iowa in the Big Ten
In evaluating their potential,
Loken prophesized, "Any three of
them should be able to win in*
dividual Big Ten championships,
and they have a good chance of
eventually taking an NCAA title."

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Third of the sophomores, Ron
Rapper, is a nationally-rankedl
parallel bars competitor. He fol-
lowed the traditional path to gym-
nastic fame in hailing from the
city which all gymnasts seem to
come from, Shokie, Illinois.
As a senior he was pursued by
colleges from all over the nation,
including Iowa, Oklahoma, Penn
State, Indiana, and Illinois. He
narrowed his choices down to
Michigan and Iowa, but finally
settled on Michigan because of its
academic reputation.
His competition in the parallel
bars this year has been excellent.

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