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SPAR T AN WOMEN GRAB BIG TEN TITLE:
Blue tumblers fall short
tallied 128.05 points, their highest total Despite the difference in judging excellent job considering that she
By ALAN FANGER of the season. between sessions, several Wolverines, hadn't worked out in ten days," Ponto
The twok team dominance of the most notably Flom and Forrestel, came said.
CHAMPAIGN - The Michigan
women gymnasts turned in their best
team performance of the season last
night, but it was not nearly enough to
prevent Michigan State from retaining
the league title at the Big Ten Cham-
pionship meet at Illinois' Kennie
Memorial Gym. '
The Spartans, with their fundamen-
tatlly-sound and technically-smooth
routines, slipped by host Illinois to cap-
ture first place, scoring 131.90 points to
the Ilitni's 131.10. The Wolverines.
meet overshadowed fine performances
by Wolverine all-arounders Sara Flom,
Colleen Forrestel, and Mia Axon.
The tumblers slipped up on the bars,
however, and their low score of 30.95
proved to be the difference between
them and the consistent Spartans.
"We were a little rushed on bars,"
said coach Scott Ponto. "Our poor
showing in that event and the fact that
we were drawn in the first session set us
Ponto predicted that scores in the
second session would be higher than in
the first. And the judges confirmed
Ponto's suspicion by rendering higher
marks to teams in the second session.
through with their best performances of
Flom, who has led Michigan in
scoring from the start of the campaign,
racked up a 32.85 all-around score
which was highlighted by a first-place
8.45 mark on the uneven bars. She ad-
ded the same score on her floor exer-
cises, and finished out with an 8.0 in
vaulting and a fall-free 8.25 on the
Recovering from tendonitis of the
hip, Forrestel surprised even her own
teammates with a 31.75 total score.
Forrestel's effort, which included an
8.45 in vaulting, pleased Ponto immen-
"Colleen was tremendous. She did an
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DENVER-A four goal outburst
between 12:42 and 15:39 of the second
period lifted the Denver Pioneers to a 6-
3 lead over Michigan after two periods
of their WCHA game last night.
The Wolverines trailed after the first
period, 2-1, with Doug Todd gathering
the goal. But Mark Miller and Bill
Wheeler tallied at 40 seconds and 10:02
respectively to give Michigan a 3-2 lead
before the roof caved in.
Greg Woods and Glenn Anderson,
eaeh notched a pair of goals for the
Wing rejects sign
with Caps, Rockies
By The Associated Press
LANDOVER, Md. - The Washington Capitals announced yesterday the
signing of veteran center Dennis Hextall, who was dropped by the Detroit
Red Wings two months ago.
A news release quoting General Manager Max McNab, who was in New
York, for the NHL's Challenge Cup series with the Soviet Union national
team, said Hextall was signed through the 1979-80 season.
Because Hextall was a free agent, having secured his release from
Detroit, no player compensation was required.
Hextall is scheduled to begin practicing with Washington immediately,
and is expected to be in uniform when the Caps play their next game in
Colorado next Thursday. Washington is six points ahead of Detroit in the
Another Red Wing, left wing Bill Lochead was acquired by the Colorado
Rockies via waivers yesterday.
Lochead, 24, was Detroit's first-round draft choice in the 1974 amateur
draft. His best season was in 1977-78, when he scored 20 goals and had 16
assists in 77,games. In spot duty in 40 games this year, Lochead has scored
four goals and collected seven assists.
He was to report to the Rockies this weekend, officials said.
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iFebruary 14, 1979
WOLVERINE GOAL: QUALIFYRELAYERS
Thinclads trek to Spartan Relays
By STAN BRADBURY
Michigan's men's track team takes to
the road again today as they travel to
East Lansing for the 56th annual Spar-
tan Relays in Jenison Field House.
The mneet, one of the oldest track and
field meets in the country, will have
over 500 entries from 24 , different
ASSISTANT TRACK Coach Ron
Warhurst said Michigan is placing most
emphasis on relays in this meet. The
Wolverines will be sending competitive
teams to the line in each relay but,
"only a few really good people will par-
ticipate in the individual events," said
"We're going to load up in the sprint
medley relay," Warhurst said, "and try
to break our own world record we set
there two years ago."
Warhurst said that the tracksters
also hope to qualify a mile relay team
for the NCAA's at today's meet. He ad-
ded that next weekend at the Central
Collegiate Championship the
Wolverines are going to load up in the
distance medley relay and would
THE WOLVERINES are already
represented in three events at the
NCAA's. Mike Lattany is in the high
jump, Tim Thomas is in the half mile,
and Steve Elliot, Tim and Greg
Thomas, and Jim Baumgartner will be
competing in the two-mile relay.
"Our first couple of meets we kind of
started off slow," said Warhurst. "It
takes about two or three weeks to really
get going. We hope to peak about Big
Michigan can look for some tough
competition from Michigan State,
Eastern Michigan, Tennessee, Cincin-
nati, Bowling Green, Drake and Notre
Dame, among others at the meet.
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Daily Photo by PAM MARKS
MICHIGAN'S BRIAN LUNDBERG (3) passes off to his teammates in a game
against Denver way back in November when Michigan split the Ann Arbor series.
The Wolverines and the Pioneers tangled in Denver last night.
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