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Page Sixteen



M' gymnasts highlight scene,
in various Florida tournaments

Tankers hope to end Indiana party

By ;MARION GORDON The final event of the clinic,
While most people were suffer- the 15th annual North-South
ing the tribulations of Michigan gymnastics meet, turned out to
winter, a contingent of Wolverine be a battle between two Big Ten
gymnasts was enjoying a relaxed schools. The South's eventual
week of competition in Sarasota, 57.50 to 54.50 victory was due
Florida. largely to the efforts of Wolver-
Gymnastic ne gymnasts, while the North de-
There, the National ymay pended on Michigan State's rep-
Clinic was highlighted by many resentatives.
fine performances, including hose MSU's coach, George Syzpula,
of Dave Thor of the 1968 Olympic was chosen to head the North
team, a spaceball tournament with squad with Michigan's Newt Lo-
GaryCErwin, Ex-World Trampo- ken filling the spot for the South.
line Champion, as well as those Loken figured, "I'm farther south
of a powerful group of Michigan in Michigan so I guess it stands
athletes. kto reason I'd be the South coach."
The week of activities included Due to the three rather unspec-
two events of major imnportan ce tulromnsensiea-
The first, of particular interest. tacular women's events, time al-
was the Mid-Winter National AAU lowed for only four men's events.
Trampoline Championships. As MSU graduate Dave Thor showed
usiml Michi~~ anot on nn im-
1,0101 Rnhaon,,,f ,,, ,, - __ what Olympic training can do',

By ROD ROBERTS Michigan's party crashers could
"The party's over!" .give ,Indiana more than just a
scare this season.
That's the latest talk around: Coach Gus Stager, however, does
Michigan's Varsity Pool. not see his forces crashing the
Indiana's swim team has been Hoosier down just yet. He is
giving an annual splash party for cautiously optimistic in pointing
the past eight years, and all the out the potential for future Big
Big Ten teams are invited: But Ten and possible NCAA cham-
the Hoosiers have been poor hosts, pions in Juan Bello, Gary Kink-
since they always keep first prize. I ead, Dick Rydze, Bill Mahoney,
Last year so many of them showed and Greg and Bob Zann.
up that Indiana captured the team But he also realizes just how
title by the largest margin ever- much it will take to beat Indiana.
161 points over the second place
team . is:?:i::v2"}: 4'riifi}:ie2i{::i1is+ i$}'ij iS%
That second place team was The Michigan-Indiana swim
Michigan, making it eight years meet next week has been chang-
in a row in the runner-up spot. ed from Friday to Wednesday
But a lot of Wolverine tankers night at 7:30 p.m. at Matt Marm
think that the party's been in Pool. It was discovered that In-
Bloomington a little too long. They diana has final exams next Fri-
want to hold their own splash day, and that they couldn't take
party right here in Ann Arbor. them if they were in Ann Arbor.
W hile this year seems somewhat :.:::.:,::,::;:.:;"::.:;;:.:;;:::.:.,;;;;;: ^:":
premature for some Wolverine
water fun, next year looks like a Only two years ago, Michigan had
good bet. such greats as Carl Robie, Russ
The team's optimism is for some Kingery, Bill Groft, and Paul
pretty good reasons. There were Scheerer. Yet even they couldn't
practically no losses through push past the Hoosiers.
graduation last year. Also, Michi- Again Stager feels that Michi-
gan has won the Big Ten Fresh- gan will finish second to Indiana.
man Meet handily twice in a row. "They're as tough as ever. But
Now swimming for the Varsity, we'll do better than last year since
these sophomores and juniors give we have more depth. Although
the team some real muscle. Led Michigan State, Ohio State, and
by Captain Lee Bisbee, along with Wisconsin might give us some good
several other standout seniors, competition, we'll still beat them."

U5a, i ulga putulLl 11
pressive show to retain its ac
knowledged supremacy in tram
>oline. .
World champion Dave Jacob
earned first place honors and wa
backed up by Paul Kyprie, an
other freshman addition to ou
strong tramp squad.
The most complete
supply of
is at the
Student Book Service

. chalking up a 9.6 in side horse and
a 9.5 in high bar to easily take
both .events. His performances
3 were by far the best of the meet.
s Michigan competitors Rich Ken-
- ney, Sid Jensen and Charlie Froe-
r ming made a 1-2-3 sweep of the
rims with scores of 9.1, 9.0 and
8.75 respectively. Sophomore Mike
Gluck overcame his nervousness
to ea-rn an 8.8 for second place in
side horse.
First place in parallel bars went
to Dick Richards with an 8.6. Sid
Jensen missed a new trick and
finished fifth at 7.6. Jensen's 8.85
high bar routine got him third
place behind Dave Thor and Abie
Grossfeld, who was making his
15th consecutive appearance in
the competition, Fred Rodney
scored 7.85 to tie Jim Amerine
for fourth place.
While Michigan and MSU
fought it out in Sarqsota, the



third of the trio of last year's Big
Ten co-champions was competing,
in a similar clinic in Ft. Lauder-
Iowa's team appeared excep-
tionally strong in spite of the
loss of four competitors by grad-
uation. "Iowa could have the best
high bar squad in the ocuntry,"
said Coach Loken. "They're very
strong in side horse with Keith
McCanless and Ken Liehr,Kand
Don Hatch is hard to beat on
rings. The only event we're, sure
to beat them in is trampoline."





209 South State


Diving Coach Dick Kimball
agrees that the Wolverines will
wind up right behind Indiana. But
he adds "Our divers are a lot
stronger than last year. Even
though Indiana has two Olympic
divers, our men will give them a
real tough meet."
Stager is really looking forward
to swim season. "We're going to
get some great individual per-
formances-especially from Gary
Kinkead and Juan Bello."
Few people who saw their per-'
formances -at the Big Ten Cham-
pionships here l in Ann Arbor last
year will forget them. These two
brought a roaring crowd to its
feet time and again as they swam
far beyond anyone's expectations.
Undoubtedly Stager hopes for
more of the same.
What makes these two swim-
mers so great is their versatility.
Both Bello and Kinkead can swim
just about anything, so Stager
will have the convenience of pla-
cing them in events where they're
Bello represented Peru at the
Olympics this past fall, where he
took fourth and tenth in the 200
meter individual medley and 200
meter freestyle, respectively. In
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MICHIGAN'S TOP TWO swimmers. Juan Bello and Gary Kinkead, should figure prominently in
Michigan's plan to upset Indiana. As sophomores last year, these two surprised favored Hoosier
swimmers at the Big Ten Championships here in Ann Arbor. Both Bello and Kinkead are extremely
versatile, they can swim just about any event.
these same events, he copped sec- 100 and 200 fly events at the Big Michigan has a long tradition
and and first at the Western Con- Tens. Right behind him will be of NCAA breaststroke champions,
ference Championships last year. Canadian Tom Arusso, who spe-!and Sophomore Bill Mahoney
Although concentrating on these cializes in the 200, represented hisanook hoodetbi ngMhe
two, the Peruvian flash might al- country in that event at the looks like a good bet to bring the
so try some butterfly. He also hap- Summer Olympics. Besides Bello, crown back to Ann Arbor. Ma-
pens to be Big Ten champ in the will be Soph Mike Allen in the honey was fourth in the Pan
100 fly. fly events. American Games in the 200 breast
Gary Kinkead didn't make the The other major strength of the last year, and swam that event
U.S. Olympic team, but still placed Wolverine team will be in the for Canada at the Olympics this
high at the Trials in backstroke, distance freestyle. Senior Mike fall. Seniors John Robertson and
butterfly, and individual medley. O'Connor, was third and fourth Jay Mahler along with Sopho-
In addition, Gary is an excel- in the 500 and 1650 freestyle in mores Tom Bates, Tom Look, and
lent distance freestyler, as he was the Big Tens. But he will be push- Carl Hiller will all be battling for
second in the 500 free and third ed by two sophomores, Mike Allen the other breaststroke berth.
in the 1650 freestyle ati the Big and Mike Casey. These two placed
Tens last year. Most of the time, high in the distance events at the The sprint events happened to
this season he'll be on his back. Big Ten Freshmen meet last year.lbeane BftMihis eaknesses
Although he swam in that posi- For emergencies Kinkead will be year.,Bt this year could be
tion only twice last season, he a back-up man, a different story.
still took sixth at the NCAA's in Besides Kinkead in the back- Returning Junior Bob Kircher
the 200 yd. dorsal event, stroke, will be Junior Tom Mertz and first year varsity men Bob
Captain Lee Bisbee will lead a and Sophomore Russ Allen, Mertz, Zann might make the sprints a
powerful group of butterfliers, who just started swimming the real bastion of strength Junior
easily the best in the Big Ten. dorsal event last year, has been Bob Harmony was unable to com-
'Bizzer" was second in both the improving steadily. Pete last year because of near
fatal illness, but has made a
1969 SCHEDULE miraculous recovery. The Zann
twins led Michigan's Freshman
Jan. 11BiN10elysEAt H team to victory last year as they
Jan. 11 Big 10 Relays East Lansing hle u 1 onso h
Jan.15 IDIAN Her helped put 117 -points on the
Jan. 15 INDIANA Here scoreboard during the meet. Tim
Jan. 25 'SOUTHERN ILLINOIS Here Sullivan, George Peach and Rory
Jan. 31 WISCONSIN Here Moore will add more depth to
Feb. 1 at Michigan State East Lansing these short events.
Feb. 1 ILLINOIS Here Senior Jay Meaden will head
Feb. 8 SOUTHERN METHODIST Dallas the much-improved diving con-
Feb. 14 at Purdue Lafayette tingent this season. Meaden has
Feb. 15 at Indiana Bloomington placed in the Big Ten Cham-
Feb. 21 OHIO STATE Here pionship for the past two yea'rs.
Feb. 27-28 Big Ten Championships Madison Dick Rydze, second in the one
Mar. 27-29 NCAA Championships Bloomington and three meter boards at the
____ __ Freshmen Meet last year, will be
the other top diver. Coach Kim-
ball has commented, "Jay and
Dick are tough on both the high
and low boards. They could really
TIEXTBOOKS surprise Indiana." Paul McGuire,
Bruce McMannaman, Jim McKee,
1 and Al Gagnet round out a diving
U P TO 1/ OFF team that shows a lot more depth
this year.
Overall, the swim team does
show a lot more depth than last
U L IIC 1H S year. They're certain to upset
powerhouse Indiana in quite a
ANN ARBOR'S FRIENDLY BOOKSTORE few places, but probably are not
quite enough to keep them from
another championship.

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