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By JON SISKIN the Wolverines boast the number
"This will be the closest and one tramp team in the Big Ten
best Big Ten gymnastics meet and the nation.
ever, with four teams having a Miller, last year's Big Ten and
shot at the .title." NCAA tramp champion, has had
Iowa's gymnastics coach Sam injury trouble this year and has
Bailie made this statement when had difficulty attaining his last
contacted yesterday. Still, Bailie, year's form. Loken says, however,
whose squad fell from the unbeat- that he should be much better
en ranks last Saturday to Mich- Friday. Jacobs has received the
igan before an unproarious, rec- highest scores of any trampolinist
ord 'M' crowd, by a mere one- in the nation this year and is a
forftieth of a point, feels his team strong favorite for the Big Ten
has the best shot come Friday and championship.
Saturday in Iowa City. Phip Fuller, the number two
"This time we'll have the ad- floor exercise performer in the
vantage of familiarity with our nation behind Michigan State's
home apparatus plus a highly-par- Toby Towson, is the bulwark of
tisan and noisy crowd. Competing an outstanding floor ex team. Chip
at home in gymnastics is almost Fuller and Dave Jacobs also turn
comparable to the home court ad- in consistently fine routines.
vantage in basketball." On rings, Cliff Chilvers and
Besides Michigan and Iowa, Rich Kenney have consistently
Michigan State and Illinois still scored above 9.0, and along with
have an excellent chance of fin- captain Gary Vander Voort rate!
ishing in at least a tie for league with Iowa and Michigan State as
1onors. one of the league's best squads.
Need First Hawkeye Forte
In order to capture the league Iowa should rack up high point
title outright, the Wolverines must totals on the side horse, rings and
finish first in the league meet. A high bar. Their horse team of
second place finish behind the Ken Gordon, Marc Slotten and
Hawkeyes would give Iowa the Keith McCanless is the tops in the
title, while a runner-up finish be- nation, with each man capable of
hind Michigan State or Illinois scoring 9.4 or better. '
would tie the Wolverines for the On rings they have two stand-
championship. outs in Terry Siorek and Don
Michigan coach Newt Loken fjg- Hatch, both who will very likely
ures that if his squad can turn in receive All-American recognition
steady, solid performances in all at the end of the season. Hatch
events they should be in a posi- turned in a dazzling 9.4 effort
tion to win their seventh consecu- against Michigan last Saturday
tive Big Ten championship. "In and barely missed pulling out the
meet for the Hawks.
made sme mistakes and we'll ae Neil Schmitt is a threat for Big
to eliminate these at Iowa City." Ten honors on high bar, and along
Michigan ought to make its with Bob Dickson form possibly
strongest showing on trampoline, the toughest high bar contingent
floor exercise and rings. With Dave in the league behind Illinois.
Jacobs and Wayne Miller backed MSU's forte comes in floor ex-
up by Vic Conant and Mike Zadel, ercise, parallel bars and rings.
Twsn aresently is the m to
By DOUG HELLER
There's trouble in East Lansing.
And it isn't only because Mich-
igan State is there because the
Indiana tankers are the biggest
threat in the Big Ten Swimming
Championships this weekend in
the Spartan pool.
< Michigan swimming coach Gus
Stager, one of those who must
face the Hoosier onslaught in their
>r own version of seven in '67 at-
tempt, does believe they can be
WAYNE MILLER beaten. However, he says, "it
might take a tremendous break to:
ing Illini gymnast is Hal Shaw, a do it. The key to the meet is div-
veteran who excels in vaulting and ing where they have two top
free exercise. men."
The coaches of all the Big Ten The two divers, NCAA one me-
schools agree that this year's com- ter champ Ken Sitzberger, and
petition is on a level never reached Howie Young, who beat Sitzberger
before. State's George Szypula at three meters in the last In-,
commented that "at Iowa City diana-Michigan meet, are rated
four of the top five teams in the as best in the nation.
nation will be in head-to-head Hope for Surprises
competition. Outside of Southern
Illinois, you couldn't find better But Michigan is hoping to sur-
yymscln'tfianywhere." prise with Jay Meaden, "who has,
gymnastic talent er the best potential on the team"
"I'm looking for the toughest according to Stager and Fred
competition in history," Szypula Brown, "a great compeitior. He
effused. "Iowa will have the back- always manages to be up for the
ipr of tei n+Tbig meets."
meet and there could be advant-
ages for Michigan posed by indi-
vidual outside challenges. For in-
stance, Indiana's sprint superiority
over Michigan could have no sig-
nificant total point effect if Pur-
due's Dan Milne comes through.
And maybe Ohio State's diver
Chuck Knorr could neutralize
This is also the time for cer-
tain specialty swimmers to show
off. Take Michigan butterflyer
Tom O'Malley, who shines at 100
yards, enough so that he was sec-
ond in the nation last year. Un-'
fortunately, there is no 100 yard
butterfly in dual meets, and
O'Malley has not been prominent
yet this year.
It must be a world's record not
to have mentioned Carl Robie in
a Michigan swimming story up to
now. The indomitable Wolverine
captain is set to go in the 200 yard
butterfly and the 500 yard free-
style, according to Stager, but the
third event he will participate in
is a secret, so nobody can stack
their lineup against him.
It's just possible Indiana isn't
that much of a shoe-in.
medalist backstroker Gary Dilley,
by Wolverine senior Russ Kin-t
gery. Stager says this may be "the
story of the meet."
And Kingery thinks he can beat1
Even though there are only I
three teams in the league worthy
of top mention, this is a Big Tenj
Ing of eir nome crowd, but i
don't think it should have a sig-
nificant affect on the judging.
Each event will be so close that
fractions of a point may spell the
Iowa's Bailie claims that "we've
got to be considered the favorites.
Our scores have been the highest
of anybody's this season; we're
solid on every piece of apparatus."
Michigan's performance t h i s
weekend could go a long way to-
ward changing Mr. Bailie's atti-
tude come Saturday night.
SPORTS NIGHT EDITOR
However, if it looks as though
Indiana can take it all, at least
on paper, the biggest attempt to
break the traditional Indiana-
Michigan swimming monopoly will
come from the Spartans. A serious
challenge to Michigan's annual
runner-up position suddenly be-
came a reality when State bumped
off the Wolverines, 63-60, on
According to Stager, this may
be the real dog fight of the meet.
Only if Indiana stumbles, can it
turn into a legitimate three-way
Symbolizing the closeness of the
second-place fight will be a chal-
lenge to State's Olympic silver-
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beat in floor exercise, while Dave
Thor, State's great all-around
man, does exceptionally well on
parallel bars. Thor is the odds-on
favorite to capture his second
straight all-around crown.
The Spartans are power-packed
on the rings, where muscular Ed
Gunny, last year's NCAA rings
titlist and Dave Croft, defending
Big Ten rings winner, will per-
The Illini, too, aren't to be taken
lightly. . Coach Charlie Pond's
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