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Scholar-athlete ex

What does a graduate student in
chemical engineering do with some of
his spare time? For 22-year-old Bob
Creek, it's being a part of the Michigan
men's gymnastics team.
Like chemical engineering, the co-
captain high bar specialist chose gym-
nastics because, "It's something I do,
well and enjoy."
With a 3.6 grade point average, Creek
must be enjoying himself immensely in
chemical engineering. Coach Newt
Loken commented on how Creek is
well-disciplined in his studies and gym-
"BOB HAS ALWAYS been an ex-
tremely organized young man. He sets
high goals and constantly seeks to
achieve them. Through his workout
program, competitive record and high
academic achievement, Bob has been a
great leader for us," said Loken.
Eighteen hours of weekly practice
and many more required for studying
chemical engineering leave Creek
very little time to socialize. Creek said,
though, that the relationships he has
made on the team more than make up
for the limited socializing time.
"The relationships on the team are on
an equal basis even though there are
upperclassmen and assistant coaches.
The strong relationships I have with
people on the team make up for the ones
I don't have on the outside," he said.
everyone works hard toward excellen-
ce, the team has "a lot of fun in the
gym." He gives much credit to Loken
for that.
"Coach Loken is a real person who

doesn't deny that he has strengths or
weaknesses. Everyone loves him
because he shows personal interest.
He's more interested in growth of the
individual than winning, although it is
our goal," Creek said.
Creek added that keeping in good
shape is another benefit of staying with
the gymnastics team. "It's my respon-
sibility to my body to stay in shape.
Also, performing in the arena gives me
a chance to relate to people. Gym-

worked hard
seventh grade
should be nor
considering ti
fort put into pr
known as at
Harlan Huckl
Hardy. Ackno
ts get more co
Creek said th
formance in tI
publicity. "W

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cels on bar
for many years (since from the community, we'll put in an ex=
e) to perform well. There cellent performance," Creek said.
reason for not doing well, While Creek hopes that the
he amount of time and ef- Wolverines can win the Big Ten chan
reparation," he said. pionships, he has goals that go, beyond
N'T likely to be as well winter term. "I want to build relation-
hletes like Rick Leach, ships with people and build on who I
eby, Phil Hubbard or Alan am," he said. f
owledging that other spor- Coach Loken will miss the co-captainf
overage than gymnastics, from Evanston, Illinois. "I've enjoyed
at the United States per- his presence these past five years. He's
he Olympics will increase. a fine young man who will go far in his
ith all the fine gymnasts professional endeavors," said Loken.
Creek, along with graduating seniors
Nigel Rothwell and Bruce Schuchard,
will be honored Sunday at Crisler Arena
ny years to at 2:00 p.m. against Iowa. The match,
Michigan's final dual meet of the
I be no rea. season, begins with compulsories on
Saturday at8:00 p.m.

'I've worked hard for maj
perform well. There should
son for not doing well, con

cider ng the

amount of time

and effort put into

-Bob Creek




rnoto By B.ob Kalmbach
STRIVING FOR PERFECTION pays off as gymnastics team co-captain Bob
Creek displays his technique on the high bar. Creek will be competing in his
last home dual )eet as a Michigan gymnast this Saturday and Sunday at Crisler

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nastics is an activity I use to build on
who I am," he said.
HOW DOES co-captain Creek sur-
vive the tremendous strain accom-
panying his demanding practice
schedule along with studying? "The
largest requirement is discipline and
the amount of sleep I get. I can't stay up
pulling all nighters. I have to get my
sleep," he said.
While admitting to nerves before an
important meet, Creek said he becomes
more confident, "By knowing I have
worked out well in practice and that I
have team support regardless of how I
do," he-said.
The comfort of receiving team sup-
port regardless of score doesn't lower
Creek's standards for himself. "I've

in this country, we'll do well in the
Olympics." One of the gymnasts Creek
mentioned was Indiana State's Kurt
Though Creek maintains a high GPA,
he said that it's much more important
to learn your studies than to get a good
grade. "The actual results for a test
aren't as important as the work I put in-
to it. When. you don't do well on the
floor, it's because you failed to do
something right in the gym," he said.
Judging by their Big Ten high of
213.95 last Saturday at Indiana State,
the Wolverines must be doing the right
thing in the gym. While not predicting
victory for Michigan in the Big Ten
championshs, Creek spoke of how far
the team has progressed.
"PEOPLE ON OUR team have im-
proved far beyond expectations. We've
gone from being doubtful (of our
ability) to achieving the highest score
in the Big Ten. If we keep working like
we have been and get encouragement

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MADISON (AP) - University of Wisconsin Athletic Direc-
tor Elroy Hirsch said yesterday that he is disappointed with
the poor showing of the Badger basketball team under Coach
Bill Cofield, adding fuel to speculation about Cofield's future.
Cofield, the first black head basketball coach in the Big
Ten, is in the third year of a five-year contract. His Badgers
have lost 10 consecutive games, including a 68-62 defeat to
Indiana in overtime here Saturday.
The Badgers were leading Py seven points with nine
minutes left when Cofield ordered a stall, and Wisconsin
made mistakes that enabled the Hoosiers to charge back,
force the overtime and win. Fans were booing as the game
While eXpressing his disappointment in the basketball
program,, Hirsch said he would wait until the end of the
season to make any evaluations of it.
Cofield has recruited some talented players for Wisconsin,

and the Badgers got off to a good start this season, winning
six of their first seven games. The victories included one over
St. John's on the road and another at home over prestigious
Marquette - now ranked No. 9 in the nation.
But Wisconsin has slumped to an 8-15 record, and is 2-12 in
the Big Ten. There has been grumbling about Cofield, who is
17-37 since leaving an assistant coaching job at Virginia to
take over from John lowless amid fan and alumni discontent
with the Badgers' perennially dismal showing.
Hirsch, nicknamed "Crazylegs" during his days as a foot-
ball star at Wisconsin and Michigan and for the NFL's Los
Angeles Rams, said he likes to allow any new coach at least
four years.
"That gives him a chance to recruit for four years," Hirsch
said. "I think that's a fair shot. That would be the ideal
situation. But in the end you have to do what's best for the
program, and you have to look at the oVerall program."


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