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Gymnasts Rally, Finish
RICI_ BLANTON, SENIOR MICHIGAN GYMNAST, helped the
Wolverines clinch a spot in the NCAA championship finals with
his fine performances last night in the regionals. Blanton took a
second on the still rings and a fourth on the parallel bars as
Michigan finished third behind Southern Illinois and Michigan
MacFarland Rosema To
ARun for Athletic Board
By BILL LEVIS
Special To The Daily
WHEATON, Ill. - Michigan's
gymnasts, after finishing the aft-
ernoon performance of the Mideast
NCAA regionals 3.45 points be-
hind second-place Michigan State,
closed in a strong finish to with-
in .7 points of the Spartans.
Southern Illinois, undefeated on
the season, won the regionals with
a sparkling 192.55 total, while
Michigan State piled up 188.50 and
Michigan amassed 187.80.
The Wolverines' finishing kick
on the still rings and parallel bars
fell just short of a runner-up
finish. The top three teams will
advance to the finals at Penn
State April 1 and 2.
In the individual competition,
Michigan qualified 10 of its 15
regional competitors for the cham-
The six-time Big Ten champs
just couldn't get started yesterday
as they scored 25.3, 26.0 and 25.9
in the side horse, floor exercise
and vaulting event, respectively,
in the opening afternoon perform-
ance. Southern Illinois and Mich-
igan State fought for the lead dur-
ing the afternoon and closed the
first half with one point separat-
The Southern Illinois team put
on a fabulous display of long horse
vaulting as their top three men
achieved a near-perfect combined
score of 28.95. Frank Schmitz, the
defending NCAA vaulting champ,
received an incredible 9.8, while
his two teammates, Brent Williams
and Paul Mayer, garnered 9.65 and
9.60 totals, respectively.
Couldn't Be Better
After Southern Illinois' perform-
ance in the vaulting, Michigan's
Gary Vander Voort, who qualified
for three events in the all-around
competition, could only say, "They
just couldn't have hit better. They
deserved every point they got."
Michigan, however, made up for
its afternoon showing with a fine
turn-around performance in the
evening finale. The Wolverines
took first in the trampoline as
AAU champion Wayne Miller re-
corded a 9.7. Schmitz, expected to
give Miller his toughest competi-
tion, fell during his routine and
failed to place.
Schmitz, who seemed to be ev-
erywhere although he didn't com-
pete in the all-around competi-
tion, did take another first-place
finish in the floor exercise.
The Wolverines picked up their
only other first as Vander Voort
hit a 9.35 in the parallel bars. The
Michigan junior tied for the top
spot with defending NCAA champ
Jim Curzi of Michigan State.
Blanton Nabs Second
Rich Blanton, although hamp-
ered by his sore left arm, finish-
ed second in the rings and fourth
in the parallel bars. Wolverines
Michigan's football players
will have their first chance for
intrasquad scrimmaging today.
The team will start practice at
1:55 this afternoon with calis-
thenics and drills and will then
group into teams for direct con-
A resolution adopted by the
Michigan Regents in their reg-
ular meeting yesterday express-
"pride in the brilliant record of
our basketball and gymnastics
The resolution sent "felicita-
tions and congratulations upon
completing another champion-
Vander Voort and Cliff Chilvers
shared third place in the rings.
With the addition of Ken Wil-
liams' sixth in the parallel bars.
the Maize and Blue qualified six
men in the final two events. Mich-
igan actually won the last two
events, team-wise, with scores of
27.65 on the P-bars and 27.95on
the rings. This helped to narrow
MSU's three-point edge to almost
nothing at the end of the meet.
As the regionals drew to a
close, sentiment among Wolverines
rose to a point where shouts of
"Wait till the finish" were heard.
Coach Newt Loken, enthused aft-
er the meet, "It was a tremendous
comeback. I'm very pleased with
the number of qualifiers for Penn
Phip and Chip
Besides the evening qualifiers.
the Fuller twins, Phip) and Chip
scored qualifying totals.
Chip finished seventh with 9.35
in the vaulting (Miller took fifth
in this event) and Phip took sixth:
in the floor exercise.
Vic Cona of Michigan also earn-
his fifth in the trampoline event.
ed a trip to the nationals with3
Vander Voort qualified for four,
events. In addition to his first on
P-bars and his third on the rings,
he took third in the all-around:
and finished sixth on the high
bar. John Cashman, a senior, tied.
for seventh on the high bar to
round out the Michigan qualifiers.
Dave Thor of Michigan State
won two events and came in sec-
ond in two events to pace the
Spartan gymnasts. Thor took firsts
in the all-around and the side
horse. The all-around competi-
tion includes all events except
Thor's seconds included one in
GARY VANDER VOORT
the floor exercise and one on the
Southern Illinois appears to be
the team to beat in the nationals
next month. SIU qualified as many
men as Michigan did, 10, but had
17 different qualifying finishes by
these 10 men.
Michigan State had eight quali-
fiers but was the only team to
qualify someone for every event.
The other team in the regionals
here, Illinois, finished fourth with
179.85 total. It had five men qual-
ify for the finals.
Iowa, the only other team in-
vited to compete as a team, re-
fused the invitation but did send
some individual gymnasts. Two of
these qualified for next month's
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Two candidates, Bob McFar-
land and Roger (Rocky) Rosema,
have. registered for the position of
student representative on the
Board in Control of Intercolleg-
Students hold two seats on the
16-member Board, of which Ath-
letic Director H. 0. (Fritz) Crisler
is chairman. The Board's function
is to govern athletic policy and
finances at the University.m s
Each year one sophomore is
elected to the Board to serve a
two year term. Ballots are cast for
the position in the regular SGC
elbctions every spring.
Current representatives on the
Board are Tom Weinberg, former
sports ;editor of The Daily, whose
term expires in April,/ and Rick
Volk, who plays in the defensive
backfield for the Wolverine grid-
Rosema and McFarland are con-
tending for Weinberg's seat. Mc-
Farland has been a member of The
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