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[ Gymnastic Hopes
epend on Veterans

Say what you will about Michi-
gan's outstanding sophomore
gymnasts, success or failure in the
Big Ten meet this weekend in Ann
Arbor will depend to a great ex-
tent on how well the team's three
lettermen perform.
For these three--Captain Rich-
ard Montpetit, Tom Osterland
and Jim Brown-have been re-
sponsible for over half the team's
meet points this season, and wil
have to be at their peak if the
Wolverines are to end Illinois' 11
year reign as Conference cham
Montpetit' as not only been the
Wolverines' top performer, bu
one of the most impressive in th
Conference in the team's seve
dual meet victories.
Great Performer
His "poorest" performance from
the standpoint of meet points woJ
came against Michigan State
when he delivered 18Y2 of the
team's 571/ pints, averaging 9
points an event to win all-roun
honors as well.
The "one-man. Canadian Olym-
pic team" finished third in th
Conference all-events champion
ship last year behind Ray Hadle
of Illinois and Duane Hoecherl co
Minnesota. Since Hoecherl hs
graduated, Hadley and Montpet
should battle it out for the all.
round title this year.
In their lone "face-to-face" er
counter, the Illinois-Michiga
dual meet earlier in the seasop
Hadley edged the Michigan gyir
nast, 4581/2-458, for all-eveni
honiors. Nevertheless, Montpet
scored more meet points for h
team, outscoring Hadley, 22-20.
Monpetit Improved
Competition in the Olympics it
Rome seems to have improves
him greatly, and coupled with
year's experence, seems to indica1
that he is a sure bet for second
and possibly a first in the Con
ference all-events race this yea
In addition, the Wolverine
should be able to count on hin
for high finishes, including tv
or three possible firsts, in each o
the five events in which he wil
Osterland was runner-up in th
1960 NAAU, NCAA, and Big Tei
Trampoline championships, at,
this year may be able to win to:
Last year's , champion, Larr
Snider of Iowa, has graduated at
Tom Gompf of Ohio State, th
lone man to defeat Osterland th
year (by a half-point), will b
competing in the Conference div
ing championships in Columbus.
Osterland should also provid
points in the Conference meet :
tumbling-an event which he ha
worked on this year. His rapi
improvement was culminated in
92-point performance against MS1
--good for a second-place tie.
Brown's specialty is tumbling.
the event in which he placed sixt
In last year's Conference mee
despite an injured ankle.
Unfortunately, the Michiga
senior has not been performings
well this year as last, and mu.

contend with three of the tumblers
who finished ahead of him last
year as well as the Illinois phenom,
Hal Holmes.
It is improbable that anyone can
beat Holmes, but a top perform-
ance by Brown could land the
Wolverines a third or fourth and,.
, perhaps, help seal a Michigan
s The contributions of these
1 three, Montpetit, Osterland and
IBrown, hold the key to the Wol-
- verines' championship hopes, but
- just as important will be the con-
tributions of their eight sopho-
e mores.
t As in all ,other sports, a top
e team effort will be necessary to
n wrest the.Conference crown from
Illinois Coach Charlie Pond's con-
fident fingers.
n Pond and his Ilinois squad have
n had sole possession of the gym-
e, nastic title. for the past 11 years.
e Because'of this the dual favorites
0 tomorrow, Michigan and Michigan
d State, will face added pressure in
trying to overcome the Illinois
e Michigan's veterans will provide
i- the key to this resistance.

.rBy The Associated Press
TORONTO-Frank Mahovlich
scored his 46th goal of the season
as the Toronto Maple Leafs whip-
ped the Montreal Canadiens 3-1
last night to take a four-point lead
in the National Hockey League
race for first place.
Ron Stewart scored the Leafs
other goals and Boom Boom
Geoffrion the top point-scorer in
the league, accounted for the lone
Montreal tally.
Cesare Maniago, 22-year-old re-
placement for Gerry McNamara,
injured while substituting for reg-
ular goalie Johnny Bower, came
up with his third consecutive bril-
liant job for the Leafs since join-
ing the club last weekend.
Maniago, from Spokane of the
Western League, handled the net-
minding chores like a big leaguer
as he got in front of 31 Canadian
Jacques Plante in the Montreal
nets made 31 stops, many of them
almost impossible saves as the fir-
ed-up Leafs poured in on him,,
particularly in the second period.
After a scoreless first period,
Mahovlich put the Leafs in front
at 3:28 of the second period when
he took a pass from Bob Nevin
at the Montreal defense and blast-
edthe puck behind Plante from a
difficult angle.
The Montreal goalkeeper didn't

-Daily-James Warneka
VETERAN PERT .i,%Am-Michigan's Rich Montpetit, shown
here performing on the side-horse, will be one of three veterans
bolstering the Wolverine gymnastic squad this weekend in the
conference meet.

New Scoring System To Help Swimmers
In Bid for Fourth Straight Big Ten Title


Michigan's defending Big Ten_
swimming team opens its bid for
a fourth consecutive title in the
face of strong opposition from'
powerhouse Indiana and up-and-
coming Michigan State and Ohio
State today.
There will be one final today,
the 1500-meter freestyle, in which
'M' star Bill Darnton hopes to
outlast Indiana's tough Alan
Michigan's hopes for a repeat
title will be aided by a new
method of scoring which gives an
advantage to teams with versa-
tility and depth.
The new scoring system was
designed so that weaker teams will
be able to break into the scoring
column. In last year's champion-
ships, which were held in Ann
Arbor, neither Northwestern or
Purdue were able to earn a single
point, while Illinois, Minnesota,
and Wisconsin gained a combined
total of only 11 points
The old scoring system awarded
points for the first six finishers
in each event. The present method
of scoring will award points to the
first .12 finishers in each indivi-
dual event.
While benefiting the weaker
teams in t the Big Ten, the new
scoring system favors. a well-
rounded team with depth, such as
Michigan or Indiana.
Michigan, having many swim-
mers capable of finishing in places
six through 12, will be counting
on depth to give it additional
points which it would not have

had before the present scoring
For the individual events, in-
cluding diving, points will be
awarded from eight on down to
Fifteen points will be awarded
to the winner of the relay events.
The following 11 relay teams re-
ceive points decreasing from 12
to two.
The versatile tankmen from
Michigan should also profit from
the number of swimmers being
allowed to enter each race. Each
team is allowed to enter four men

in each event,- each competitor
having a maximum of three events
in which he is eligible.
In addition to the 11 dual meet
events, 100-yd. races will be swum
in the breaststroke, backstroke,
and butterfly. There will be an
additional diving event as well as
the 1500-meter freestyle marathon.
"Although only ten teams com-
pete in the Big Ten champion-
ships, 12 places are awarded
points because the new scoring
system is set up for national meets
in which there are more swim-
mers," explained Swimming Coach
Gus Stager.



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