The Michigan Daily-Wednesday, April 5, 1978-Page 9
Blue gymnasts vie
for national crowns
By DIANE SILVER
Just about everyone dreams of what it would be like to really excel at some-
thing, but for Big Ten parallel bar champion John Corritore. this dream .has
become a reality. Of course Corritore didn't develop his talent overnight.
In fact, just two years ago as a freshman, Corritore had to pursuade gymnastic
coach Newt Loken to let him be on the team.
"I was the 13th man on a twelve man team," said Corritore about his freshman
year. "But when one of the guys got injured it gave me the chance to compete in a
couple of meets and in the Big Tens."
Corritore placed third in the Big Ten Invitational and 18th in the NCAA's his
freshman year. "That year really motivated me," said Corritore. "The next year
when I came back I realized I wouldn't be a nobody."
But Corritore didn't realize to what extent he would become known. "Last year
at the NCAA's the whole crowd started screaming my name, and this was in
Arizona. Who the hell do I know in Arizona? That freaked me out," said Corritore.
"I wasn't really prepared for that."
Corritore lost the NCAA's by one-tenth of a point, and he attributes this to a
lack of confidence and Over adrenalizing. "You do something a milion times in
practice and it doesn't seem like a hard task at all, but when there are 13,000 people
in front of you and cameras, it's hard to phase them out."
Corritore qualified for this year's NCAA's by placing first in parallel bars at
the Big Ten Invitational. He will once again have a chance to be known as the best
in the country when he competes this weekend at Oregon.
This year Corritore knows what to expect, so he is prepared to handle the
pressures of the meet. "I'm going to try to repress the adrenalin and replace those
feelings with concentration. I'll say, 'Look John, you've done this before,' and I'll
try not to let my emotions take over."
Injuries are another factor that gymnasts almost always have to contend with,
but the only thing bothering Corritore now is tendonitis in his elbow. Learning how
to overcome injuries is a part of the sport that gymnasts pave to learn to face up,to,
and Corritore has learned this lesson well.
Some dreams really do come true for Corritore, and he says that he
daydreams about gymnastics all the time. "I've learned to fantasize so well that I
can feel the adrenalin go through me," said Corritore. "I can concentrate so
deeply, it's almost as good as doing it physically."
Corritore is happy with how his gymnastic career is going but he says he is
looking forward to being a normal human being again. Competition forces
Corritore into always worrying about his health and what shape he is in.
"I was in classthe other day," recounted Corritore, "when this person started
coughing. I walked out of class, because it was torture to subject myself to that."
Competing in any sport places a lot of demands upon its participants, but
Corritore is satisfied with his progress. Corritore also feels good about attending
Michigan and was made aware of that at the NCAA's last year.
"You don't realize how much school pride you have until you get into this kind
of situation," explained Corritore. "When they announce my name 'John
Corritore, U of M,' I find it a compliment."
By PETER LEININGER
For Michigan gymnast Carl Badger,
the pot of gold doesn't lie at the end of a
rainbow but at the end of a vaulting
The pot of gold in this instance is the
NCAA Division One vaulting cham-
pionship. "If I do as well as I've been
doing most of the year, I should reach
the finals," commented Badger.
near-end handspring) and sticking it
(landing solidly without moving after
"I've also been working on a Fliffus
(a handspring-front flip with a half
twist). I used the mini tramp (a small
sized circular trampoline) when
working on it because you'll get burned
out using the (vaulting) board after a
couple of times.
"I probably won't throw it (the Flif-
'If 1 do lo aswelli as 1're been doing iost of fh e> ear
I should reach the jinals.
- Vallt er Carl Iadger
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BADGER QUALIFED for the NCAA
championships by virtue of his third
place finish in the Big Ten Champion-
ship competition, held three weeks ago.
The three Big Ten representatives
are ranked 11th, 12th and 13th (Badger
being 13th) in a field of 13 vaulters, ac-
cording to their qualifying scores.
"Sometimes the scores are inflated in
other conferences. Rod Newland of
Ohio State (ranked 11th) has a double-
pike-Front and should be considered a
favorite," stated Badger.
"THERE IS ONE compulsory vault
on Thursday and one optional vault on.
Friday. The two scores are averaged
and the top six or eight scorers go into
"In the finals, two different optional
vaults are made. Those scores are
averaged with the preliminary scores
(to decide the champion)."
In the finals, the vaulter has to make
the decision whether to play it safe and
go for a relatively easy vault or else go
for broke and throw his most difficult.
"THE LAST couple of weeks I've
been working on keeping my legs
straight in the compulsory vault (a
fus) unless I reach the finals. If I do
reach the finals, use it for my second
vault, using a handspring-full twist for
my first," said Badger.
With the three week layoff, Badger
has had plenty of time to nurse any in-
juries he might have had. "Right now,
this is probably the most injury free
I've felt all year.
BADGER, A SENIOR, is eligible for
one more year of competition but isn't
sure he'll be back. "I don't plan to com-
pete next year, but if I don't get into
Princeton I'll probably come back."
The University of Oregon will be the
host for the 36th NCAA championships
held on April 6, 7 and 8.
Oklahoma, led by national all-
arounder leader Bart Conner, is
favored to capture the team title. The
Sooners will be hotly contested by the
likes of Arizona State, Southern Con-
necticut, and Penn State. Minnesota
will be representing the Big Ten.
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PARALLEL BAR specialist John Corritore shows off his prize winning form in
a meet earlier this year. The Big Ten champion travels to Oregon this weekend
for the NCAA championships.
BUCS REACQUIRE CATCHER:
Phillies hit for b
ner to Pittsburgh.
Oakland also got $100,000 in cash in
that Sanguillen-Tanner exchange.
By The Associated Press
CLEARWATER, Fla.-When Mike
Schmidt pulls on his new doubleknit
Philadelphia Phillies uniform Friday
night, he will be playing the first of 162
games worth $3,456.79 each.
Outfielder Greg Luzinski, by com-
parison, earns $1,851.85 per game. Pit-
cher Steve Carlton gets $1,234.57 for
every game the team plays, but only
works'every fourth or fifth day.
According to Major League Baseball
Players Association records obtained
by the Wilmington Evening Journal,
Schmidt earns $560,000 per year, Luzin-
ski receives $300,000 and Carlton
Schmidt signed a six-year contract
last spring, for $560,000 each year
through 1982. He is guaranteed the
Luzinski signed a five-year contract
in the winter of 1977, for $300,000 each
year. He also has the salary guarantee
provision and there is a no-trade clause
The Phillies paid the players on their
25-man roster $3,390,250-an average of
$135,610 per player-in 1977, the top
figure in the National League.
By comparison, rookies Randy Lerch
and Warren Brusstar each earned the
minimum major league salary of
$19,000 last year.
For the NL playoffs, each player
received about $9,000.
Sanguille n're turns
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh
Pirates said yesterday they had re-
acquired catcher Manny Sanguillen in a
trade with the Oakland A's.
Oakland will get Pirate right-handed
pitcher Elias Sosa, outfielder Miguel
Dilone, and a player to be named later,
said a Pirate spokesman.
"Duffy Dyer has a broken thumb.
That was one of the reasons we were
anxious to get another catcher. Plus
Sanguillen gives us another right-
handed hitter," said the spokesman.
The 34-year-old Sanguillen, who
played regularly with the Pirates
beginning in 1969, was traded to
Oakland in November 1976 in a deal
that brought A's Manager Chuck Tan-
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San Antonio 125. Phoenix 119
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