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This Weekend in Sports
Hockey-Michigan at Michigan Tech
Track-Michigan at Western Michigan Invitational
Basketball-Purdue at Yost Fieldhouse, 4 p.m.
Swimming-Wisconsin at Matt Mann Pool, 7:30 p.m.
Hockey-Michigan at Michigan Tech
Wrestling-Michigan at Pittsburgh
It's in the CARDS at
1203 South University

Senior Vanden Broek Proves To Be Blue Bulwark


Chris Vanden Broek , comes
across as a candid, down-to-earth
guy. "I consider myself a student
first and a gymnast second, al-
though the coach sometimes wish-I
es it were the other way around."
And when Vanden Broek says it,
you know he ain't kiddin'.
Although Vanden Broek may
very well consider his studies as
coming before gymnastics (he car-
ries a 3.60 average in the College
of Engineering), no one can fault
his tremendous ability and stead-
fast determination to excel in this
sport of strength and coordina-
Vanden Broek's career started
seven years ago, when as a small
and not too muscular sophomore
he decided to try out for the gym-
nastics squad at Ann Arbor High.
"I'd done handstands and other
stunts in my backyard since I was
a little kid, and I wanted to tryout
for a sport, so I figured why not
give gymnastics a try."

up, and this drive and determina- .
tion can't help but rub off.
"I was sure Michigan State had
a better team than we did last
year, but the coach had us so up
for the Big Ten meet that we
overcame the odds to win it all.
I've never met a guy quite like.
As for this year's Big Ten race,
Vanden Broek sees a couple of
rough battles coming up. . Our,
morale is sky high after winning
that close one over Illinois, and
we'll need every bit of it to get
us past MSU and Iowa. We know

we have the material necessary to
take anyone."
Once the season is over, Van-
den Broek says it will be the end
for him in competitive gymnas-
tics. He hopes to go into mechan-
ical engineering, and presently is
planning to attend graduate
school here.
Vanden Broek says he is set, at
least for the near future, "I plan
to graduate, get some job exper-
ience, and maybe get married in
about 10 years." Who knows?
That's probably exactly what
he'll do.



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Soon, Vanden Broek's perse- from Cliff Chilvers, who had cop- interested in engineering, and the as .he had done in high school.I
verance became success. He work- ped the crown the year before. University had a great reputation "I disliked the all-around more I
diligently for three years, cul- Chilvers is now competing as a in this field. The gymnastics pro- and more, and finally near the
minating a brilliant high school teammate of Vanden Broek's on gram also impressed me, so the end of my sophomore year I gave
career by capturing the high bar, the Wolverines. decision wasn't much in doubt." it up entirely. This gave me more
side horse and all-around state When the decision for college After he joined the Wolverine of an opportunity to work and
titles as a senior. Ironically, he rolled around, Michigan was the squad he continued working on the improve on the horse and high
took the all-around title away obvious and natural choice. "I was high bar, side horse and all-around bar."

ENJOYING THE EVENT THAT he likes, Chris Vanden Broek flips over the high bar in one of his
standard routines. Also one of the Michigan specialists on the side horse, Vanden Broek often can-
not describe how much he dislikes that particular form of competition. Nevertheless, the Ann Ar-
bor senior managed to be a Big Ten finalist in both events last season.

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He Flies Through the Air ...
In regards to these two pieces
of apparatus, Vanden Broek has a
decided preference. "I love the
1high bar and absolutelydespise
the side horse." He means every
jword of it.
"One of the reasons I've enjoyed
the high bar is that it gives me
the feeling of flying. I've always
,wished I could fly, and perform-
ing on the high bar gives me this
exhilarating sensation."
Over the past seven years, Van-
den Broek has made progress to
the point where this year he con-
siders himself to have a shot at
first place in the Big Ten. "My
improvement has been slow- but
steady; there has been no great
jump in success. I didn't have a
great deal of natural ability to
start with, and every move I have
has come only through work, work,
and more work."
High (Bar) Hopes
Last year he placed sixth in the
conference on the high bar, and
he expects to move up this year.
His greatest problem has been the
dismount, which he feels may pre-
vent him from finishing number
On the side horse it's another
story. Vanden Broek vehemently
admits that he can't stand this
event. "It's been really difficult'
and frustrating for me on the
horse. When you're performing in
a meet, there's so little time to
think about what you're doing.
You have more time to react on
the high bar; one hesitation on
the horse and it's all over.
"Even though it's rough, I'm not
about to quit. It's become a per-
sonal battle with me now, and I'm
determined to show the other guys
on the squad that I can master
the thing." He finished seventh in
Big Ten competition last year, but
has doubts about moving up this
Osmotic Spirits
Vanden Broek,. along with the
rest of his teammates, holds a
great deal of respect for coach
Newt Loken: "The coach's spirit is
unbelievable. He always is fired

Wnin Prepares
To 'Badger' Wolves,
By FRED LaBOUR almost exclusively in the distance
A week and a half ago, swim- freestyle, events this year. Stager
ming coach Gus Stager said mat- expects both Robie and sopho-
ter-of-factly, "Wisconsin? Sure, more Tom Arusoo to be fiercely
we'll beat them." But now, strange- challenged in this event by Wis-
ly enough, he talks of Saturday consin junior John Lindley.
night's meet with a conversation in the 200 yard freestyle, the
sprinkled with phrases like "close tman for Wolverines Ken Wiebeck
races" and " much improved and John Salassa to beat will be
team." Why the change? Bill Swano. Swano will alo swim
The answer can be found in last in the 500-yard freestyle,where
weeks Big Ten swimming results. Lee Bisbee, Michigan sophomore
For the first time in 17 encoun- who normally swims the butterfly,
ters, Wisconsin finallygbeat Ohio will provide competition. Bisbee
State. They did it in grand fash- has been ill recently and Stager
ion, too, as the powerful Buckeyes wants to "ease him back into com-
were buried under a 30 point land- petition" with the 'freestyle race
slide. It seems that the Badgers rather than the totally exhausting
have been quitetly building up a butterfly.
solid swimming program over the Records, Anyone?
last four years and their persever- Coach Stager plans on putting
ance is finally beginning to pay together a championship medley
dividends. relay team with Paul Scheerer,
"The boys are really getting ex- Russ Kingery, and Tom O'Malley
cited over this one," says Wiscon- combining their talents in a rec-
sin coachvr John Hickman. "I can ord-breaking attempt. Stager is
harly hold them down at practice. undecided on who will anchor the
I'd say that Michigan will get a team. He has hopes of improving
great meet." Michigan's status in the national
Usually Individual standings for medley relay times,
Wolverine coach Stager, as usu- the Wolverines currently in third
al, put much emphasis on the place.
"individual challenges" facing his Hickman is relying heavily on
"indvidal callnges faing sprinter Fred Hogan, backstroker
team members. He plans to put Jack Teetaert, diver Steve McCoy,
Carl Robie back into the 200-yard and Badger captain Gil LaCroix
butterfly "to keep him in shape" in the individual medley to threat-
for the NCAA Championships in en Michigan's alleged superiority.
March. Although he is the current "I don't know if we can match
nationa champion in the butterfly, stroke for stroke with guys' like
the versatile Robie has been used Robie," asserted Hickman, "but
we're not going to' let them relax
- ---- for one minute."
The Michigan tankers are look-
Join , ing forward to this meet in order
to prove that the upset loss to
SDailyMichigan State two weeks ago was.
just that, an upset. Wisconsin,
meanwhile, is anxious to join the
Sports Staff elite of the Big Ten.
port The meet is scheduled for 7:30
p.m. Saturday in Matt Mann Pool.
In other sports this weekend :




Culver I'ietwme. I-

Even your best friends won't tell you.

Got that dread feeling that you're Outsville? Left alone
again with your term paper on Henry James and the
penuche Mom sent last week?
Could be you're out of Schlitz. And when you're out
of Schlitz, you're out of beer.
Repair the damage. Race to the social club and order
a round of Schlitz. Then observe. Varsity ends will pump
your hand. Soft-eyed coeds will pluck wistfully at your
You have done it. You're in.
Schlitz has always been.
0 1966 Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co., Miwoukee, Wis.



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