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Wednesday, February

12, 1975


Page Seven


Wednesday, February Pane Seven





Taking into acount the fact1
that the worst half of the sea-
son is over, and that the Big,
Ten championships will be held
at Crisler Arena, things are
looking bright for the Michigan
gymnastics squad.
Coming off last week's im-
pressive triumphs over Illinois
and Indiana, an ever-increasing
o p t i m i s t i c outlook reigns1
amongst the tumblers.x
Michigan completely dom-
inated the double dual, amas-
sing 208.6 points in the op-
tionals and 208.1 in the com-
pulsories. The only other
score to even come close to
the Wolverines' was Indiana's
200.1 in the optionals.i
Coach Newt Loken, acknowl-1
edging Michigan's exceptional
performance, insisted that there
is still much room for improve-1
ment. "We are hoping to breaki
210 team points in our next twoC


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home meets," Loken said. "The
pommel horse team has pledged
a score of 34 or better. There's
no reason why we shouldn't get
a 34."
The two home meets Loken
mentioned are the dual with
Michigan State this Saturday at
4:30 p.m. and a February 22!
dual meet against Iowa..
This weekend's meet with
Michigan State doesn't promise
to be a particularly close match.
Two weeks ago, the Spar-
tans could manage just 196.35
points against lesser known
Illinois State, which bested
the Spartans with a score of
"That score doesn't seem to
indicate their true potential,"
Loken warned. "They've got
some good boys."'
Two of Michigan State's more
prominent tumblers are all-
rounders Jeff Rudolph and John
Short. "Both of these boys are

d e c e n t performers," Loken all-arounder Jean Gagnon seems
maintains. to have drifted into obscnrity.

Other Spartan standouts are
Bob Holland, Glenn Himes and
Jim Tuerk. Tuerk can consis-
tently score over 8.5 in the
vaulting and according to
Loken, Holland shows signs of
being a particularly exception-
al performer on the rings.
Outside of these five individ-
uals, Michigan State's gym-
nastic squad is nothing to write
home about. The Spartans lack
the depth to earn consistently
high scores. Typical of most
collegiate gymnastic teams, the
pommel horse is their weakest
event. In the Illinois State-!
Michigan State meet, the Spar-'
tan pommel horse team could
manage only 28 points.
For the Michigan squad,
improvement will be the prime
motivator against Michigan
The lineups will be essentially
the same for the Wolverines,
but Loken said that there may
hb nhnna b. f Rnt t

The senior tumbler is appar-
ently still plagued with shoulder
tendonitis and Loken said that
he has no idea when and if1
Gagnon will return to action,
before the season ends.
Libels set
a record

The Michigan Daily
have set yet anotheri
uncovering a scandle

in the

When Libel hoop coach H.0.
"Fritz" Glazer admitted that
he "only had a 3-1 record," it
marked the first time in re-
corded history that the Libels
had publicly acknowledged a

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Post-season tourney...
.. seems likely for Blue
NORTHWESTERN'S surprising win over Purdue, Monday night,
coupled with Indiana's not so surprising win over Minnesota,
has set visions of an NCAA tournament berth dancing in Michigan
basketball coach Johnny Orr's head.
"They left us in there to have a chance," said Orr, "we just
got to win. That's the big thing."
This year the NCAA has expanded its tournament to include
a maximum of 32 teams, allowing for conference runner-ups to
participate in the tourney. Add this number to the eight teams
that will take part in the Conference Commissioner's Association
tourney and the 16 squads in the NIT and one finds that 56 teams
will be involved in post-season play.
The Wolverines have a reasonable shot at an NCAA spot
and are a strong bet to go somewhere.
Indiana will win the Big Ten championship, just as sure as
the sun will rise tomorrow morning.. However, the race for
second place is logjammed. Purdue and Minnesota presently
stand tied for second with four losses, while Michigan and
Michigan State have suffered five league setbacks.
Schedule favors Blue
The schedule favors Michigan down the home stretch. Of the
first division teams, Orr's crew must only play Purdue and
Minnesota, both at Crisler Arena. The Gophers, comparatively,
battle Michigan, MSU and Purdue, all on the road. Gus Ganakas'
Spartans play Minnesota and Purdue at home, like Michigan.
However State must still travel to Bloomington to play Indiana.
The Boilermakers play both Michigan schools on the road and
host Indiana and Minnesota.
Thus if the Maize and Blue win their remaining games
(by no means an easy chore!) they are guaranteed of finish-
ing no worse than tied for second with either Purdue, MSU or
Minnesota. This does not take into account the distinct pos-
sibility of Michigan State or Purdue losing to Indiana.
The Wolverines enter the home stretch coming off their most
.impressive performance of the league season. In Saturday's
,96-84 win over State, they finally put everything together.
C.J. Kupec continued his outstanding play in the pivot, Joe
Johnson ran the team with authority, dishing out six assists, while
o scoring a career high 28 points. Steve "Cincinnati Kid" Grote,
apparently spurred by his being benched in favor of Dave Baxter,
"played exceptionally, and his hustle sparked the team. Wayman
Britt's flypaper defense was definitely a major factor in the win,
and John Robinson turned in a stellar all-around performance.
"We were not playing well during the first ten games of our
conference schedule, but we came back last week, worked hard
and I think we're on the way," said Orr.
"I feel, right now, very confident of our progression about
having a tournament bid," said Britt. "My reason is because
of the game Saturday."
"We've got to put together some sort of winning streak,"
said Orr. "We have to beat the teams that are ahead of us in
the standings."
While Michigan's, Michigan State's Minnesota's and Purdue's
games against each other are of no doubt the utmost importance,
what may ultimately decide the fight for second place is who
is upset by one of the second-division teams. No team can afford
to make the mistake of looking ahead to a big game and in the
process be dumped by a weaker team. This can happen easily
if the game is a road effort.
Road games arduous
Road games have traditionally been arduous in the Big Ten.
The Wolverines have three away games remaining, against cellar
dwellers Northwestern and Wisconsin, and in the season's finale
at Ohio State.
Before the season, Northwestern was considered to have a
strong team. The Wildcats had not lived up to that expectation
until this weekend, though. Right now, winning at Evanston may
be more difficult than it would have been a few weeks ago.
Wisconsin has improved tremendously since the return of
its leading scorer, Dale Koehler. Ohio State is a curious case.
Coach Fred Taylor mysteriously suspended four starters over
the weekend, yet the Buckeyes still beat Iowa, in Iowa City.
Michigan has won only once in Columbus since Cazzie Rus-
sell's graduation.
Even if the Wolverines do manage to win the rest of their
-games, there is no guarantee of a spot in the NCAA tournament.
The conference runners-up are pooled together with the in-
dependents and will be picked "only if they merit selection."
They may be sent to any regional, except the one their conference
champ is in.
CCA, NIT also loomi
Teams from ten conferences are eligible to fill the eight
available slots in the CCA tourney. Because the Southern
Conference sent no representative last year, it is guaranteed of
a berth. Despite the NCAA's expansion, the CCA should field
some strong teams. The Pacific-eight, Big Ten and Southeastern
conferences all sho"ld send good teams.

te some cnanges oeU Loatur At a national news conference,
day. Glazer went on to say that he
Co-captain Bruce Keeshin is had been instructed to "keep
certain to compete in the all- hdbe ntutdt ke
quiet" about the defeat by the
around, after copping honors now deposed corrupt adminis-
with a 50.70 performance last taino .."o"Flmn
week. Jbat artHR obte ldG.G,
The other co-captain, high deb Stuart Rossiter and G. Gor-
bar specialist Carey Culbertson, don Kahler.
is still bothered with wrist prob- Under the new regime of
lems. "He can't rotate it around "Earnie D" Deming and M.
like he has to in order to com- Shinty Merker, though, Glazer.
pete," Loken explained. Cul- released the news. He has ask-j
bertson will not see action on ed the FBI to protect him from
Saturday. "whatever Feldman loyalists
The other ailing performer, are still living."

AP Photo
SCOTT MAY (42) of Indiana drives past a bewildered Flip
Saunders (14) of Minnesota, while fellow Gopher Mark
Landsberger falls back to avoid a foul. Indiana's Hoosiers
appear to have locked up the Big Ten crown, but Michigan
still has NCAA tournament hopes (see Full Court Press,

Basketball finals . .
I .. nearing in all leagues
ILFORD HIGH is heading for the championship. They are
led by no, not Jerry Pulver or J.J. Judd, but by junior
forward Gray Gilfillan. Gray is a member of the hottest team
in the IM co-rec basketball league. She is the campus' leading
scorer averaging an unbelievable 53.3 points per game.
In the Residence Hall division 'A' playoffs, Adams
House, led by freshman gridder Dwight Hicks, defeated
defending champs Huber, 52-43, in an overtime thriller
Monday night. In other action, Chicago downed powerful
Allen Rumsey, 48-43, and will meet Adams in the finals at
the Open House.
In the other divisions, finalists have not yet been deter-
mined. The Graduate league is still quite up in the air with
the demise of the powerful Law Gold teams of yesteryear.
Favorite SAE of the Frat league will run into some tough com-
petition against the winner of the Delta Upsilon-Fiji gAme
played on a west court late last night.
Eight teams are left in the tough Independent bracket,
including pre-holiday champs the Nets, Al Kelly's Has Been,
all-sports leaders Ubermensch, and last year's semi-finalists
the Half Moon Can Co.
A gala Open House
The tournaments will culminate at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday
evening, February 20, as the IM department presents it 44th
annual Open House. Along with the basketball finals, the other
activities will include: the all-campus championship swim met,
women's gymnastics club competition against WMU, men's
water polo vs. Michigan State, and exhibitions by various sports
Some of the clubs which will present exhibitions will be:
Volleyball, Kayak, Fencing, Frisbee, Bicycle, Folk Da0ce,
Boxing, Lacrosse, and Squash.
In addition to activities at the main IM building several
events will be occurring at the Sports Coliseum (Fifth and
Hill) and at Yost Ice Arena. Everyone is welcome to attend
even if they are not affiliated with the University. For
further information please call 663-4181.
Last night, the Fraternity, Graduate, Residence Hall and
Independent Divisions preliminary swim meet was held. It
will continue tomorrow night with the final five events. Quali-
fiers for the finals will meet next week. Participation by all is
encouraged, especially in the independent division, even if you
were not involved in last night's competition.

Jumper eyes seven feet

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The most simple and natural
sport of all is probably track.
Running and jumping are learn- Iil
athletic skills are. They were S
vital skills in man s early sur- NIGHT EDITOR.
vival, and have now taken on
a more formalized role in ath- ANDY GLAZER
Jumping the highest has al-
ways been a goal of man. Just can utilize more speed in this
how high can he go? The hig way," he said, "and it is also
jump as a modern event in easier to learn. Your center of
track and field has evolved gravity is below the bar at the
from these early times until the crucial part of the jump which
best men in the world are nowgive you lass to worry about."
capable of.jumping over seven The Mictitiantrack team has
feet. The best, Dwight Stones, three practitioners of the "ech-
is able to go seven and one-half nique. Juniors Doug Gibbs, who
feet. has cleared 6-10 this season, and
THIS COULD not have hap- Jesse Myers, who has leaped'
THISCOUL nothavehap-6-6, both jump the Fosbury.
pened without an improvement BUbthEptersbud
in techniques since the first BUT THE person who could
man hurdled a stream. Hurdl- be described as having the nest
ing was first, then the primi- potential among the triumvirate
tive scissors technique, then the of Maize and Blue jumpers is
Western Roll, and finally to- red-headed Jeff Swanson.
day's modern and most widely Swanson is a freshman fr. m
used technique, the Fosbury Battle Creek and a graduate of
Flop. Pennfield High there. Swanson
The flop was made famous by has already cleared 6-10 and
its developer, Dick Fosbury of made seven feet in practice.
Oregon, who perfected the tech- "My brother was jumping, so
nique of jumping backwards to I did and made 5-10 just goof-
such an extent that it gained ing around so I thought I'd try
him an Olympic gold medal in it," explained Swanson about
1968 at Mexico City. how he got started in the event.
The Flop is now in general "I was running the half mile
use throughout the world by the my sophomore year in high
best of the w o r I d ' s high school and got sick of it. So I
jumpers. concentrated on the high jump."
Michigan's head track coach Jeff must have really con en-
Jack Harvey explained why trated because that year he
Fosbury's creation is so popular leaped 6-4 and was seventh in
and so successful. "The jumper the state in Class B.

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WHEN SWANSON was a sen- is also the qualifying height for
ior he was the top high jumper the NCAA National indoor meet
in the state in any class as he at Cobo Hall on March 14-15.
won the Class B State champion- Coach Harvey is very high
shin with a leap of 6-8%. on Swanson and feels he has the
After that he was recruited potential for a Big Ten champ-
by almost every college in~ thtI ionship and 'maybe more.
state. With Jeff's attitude and his
"I had letters from Western history of success, we can re-
and Central and a bunch of two call a few lines from Shake-
year colleges," Swanson stated, speare's Merchant of Venice,
"also Indiana, Kansas State, "I will not choose what many
Michigan State, Arizona State, men desire, because I will not
and, of course, Michigan." jump with common spirits, and
Swanson continued, "J a c k rank me with the barbarous
Harvey (the Michigan cach) multitude."
seemed the most interested in --.
me as a person and kept calling
so I came here. Besides MSU
acted like they just didn't care." World Community Food Bank
Jeff has a strong positive feel- presents
ing about that magic barrier
that separates mediocrity and A BENEFIT FOR
greatness in the high jump- STARVING CHILDREN
seven feet.
"I'VEDONE it in practice STARRING
and there's no reasonwIiti h Dramatc
ment excent that I've canked
so far. I think I can do it, and '24-Carat Black'
if I do, it showld be at the Rig and "JUNE" of the
Ten or the Western Collegie'nU."
The Big Ten meet is at In- OHIO PLAYERS
diana on March 7-8 and the
Western Collegiate at Kal i-na- Valentine's Day
zo' on February 22.
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Gal cagers impress,
down Delta, 46-39

Cleveland 100, New Orleans 86
Chicago 101, New York 84
N. Y. Islanders 2, Pittsburgh 1
St. Louis 3, Philadelphia 1
Houston 5, Baltimore 2
Toronto 4, Edmonton 3
Michigan 46, Delta College 39
hi E1

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Special To The Daily
The Michigan Women's Bas-
ketball team put on what may
have been its finest performance
of the season last night in de-
feating Delta College 46-39.
Michigan never trailed in the
game 'and led by as many as 13.
THE WIN was the second
straight for the women, bringing
In 1975, the University of
Michigan will field another
championship football team.
If you would like to be a
member of this team, have
fun, and travel, then you qual-
ify as a Michigan football
manager. For details call Jeff
Young at 665-0583.

their record to 2-7. The improve-
ment is timely, as the cagers'
next game in is the State Tour-
nament at East Lansing on
February 27.
Michigan coach Carmel Bor-
ders was understandably proud!
of her team. "This team has
jelled. We played tenacious, ag-
gressive defensestonight and
showed a lot of hustle."t
Colleen Woodbury was a
shooting star in a game that
featured otherwise balanced
scoring. She had 22 points, 13
more than any of her team-
Woodbury was far from a
one-woman team, though. Terry
Conlin, with 16 rebounds, and
Roberta Zald, with 14, gave the
Maize and Blue the board
strength they needed.


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