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Men tumblers hc
By DIANE SILVERt Newland on vault will be on hand to
The men's gymnastics team will add color to this spectacular event.
have its chance to prove it will be An added attraction to the meet'
"super-great in '78" when it hosts the will feature Mia Axon, Sara Flom,
Big Ten Invitational at Crisler Arena and Colleen Forrestel of the Michi-
this weekend. gan women's gymnastic team. They
The invitational is unlike any other will perform their floor exercise rou-
meet this season in that it features tines in an exhibition at the Saturday
individual competition rather than afternoon (2:30 p.m.) portion of the
team competition. No team points Big Ten-Invitational.
will be accumulated by gymnasts With three events going at a time
from Michigan State, Indiana, Ohio the meet should provide quite an
State, Eastern Michigan, Western eyeful for all spectators who plan to
Michigan, and Michigan. attend the compulsory competition at
Usually the number of gymnasts 7:30 tonight. Tomorrow's agenda
allowed to compete is limited to six includes optionals at 10:00 a.m.
per event per team, but this meet will followed by the individual finals,
enable the entire roster of Michigan featuring the top eight gymnasts in
tumblers to get into the action. "It's a each event, at 2:30 p.m..
good catch meet for everyone who is Circle dance
working real hard and hasn't had a
chance to compete yet," said Bob Everybody knows how hard it is to
Creek, Michigan co-captain and high get two people to agree on anything
bar specialist. these days. Especially when the
The unlimited entry policy pro- people are the coaches of two
vides all the gymnasts with the ex- opposing teams. But gymnastics
perience of competing, but without coaches Anne Cornell of Michigan
the pressure of team competition. and Jean Elg of Chicago-Circle
The tumblers will also have a chance (UICC) both agree on the magic
to show how they fared over the number for success -130.
vacation. "I personally am looking That is the total number of points
forward to seeing how the guys' that each coach is hoping for during
routines are shaping up," said Michi- Sunday's meet at 1:30 p.m. at Crisler
gan coach Newt Loken. Arena.
All-arounder and co-captain Nigel Unfortunately for the Michigan
Rothwell will not be competing due to tumblers, Chicago seems to be
illness, but defending Big Ten cham- holding most of the cards. UICC has
pions John Corritore from Michigan already cracked the 130 mark this
on parallel bars and Ohio State's Rod season. Michigan's high water mark
for the year, 122, was registered in
the tumblers' only meet of the season
[vs. Eastern Michigan].
While Michigan rested over the
semester break, Chicago-Circle, the
icce ted forChicago branch of the University of
Illinois, was down south competing
against several of that region's top
gymnastics teams.

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Hence they arrive in Ann Arbor
with a six to one edge in meets this
Cornell remains optimistic. "The
girls have been looking good -in
practice this week," she said. "If
they hit Sunday like they did in.
practice today [Thurs.], then we

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could hit 130."
. Chicago coach Elg brings a team
loaded with depth. Six or seven
women have been working all-around
according to Elg, and one of them,'
Nola Palmer, placed second in the
Midwest Open with a score of 9.35.

Tankers plunge into
first Big Ten meet

Michigan's women tankers take to
the. road this weekend for today's
dual-meet against Wisconsin and for
Saturday's B. R. Ryall exhibition
meet in Chicago.
The Blue swimmers dive into their
first Big Ten meet defending a 3-0
season record and a. 16-match win-
ning streak that spans three seasons.
Last year Michigan handed the
Badger paddlers a 75-31 defeat, but,
Wisconsin went' on to -place third in
the Big Ten behind Michigan State
and the champion Wolverines.
"Both teams (swimming and div-
ing) will provide the best competition
we have faced this season," said
Michigan coach Stu Isaac. "They
have a really good sprint relay team,
and they'll give us a good run in
Wisconsin greets Michigan with a
1-1 record after beating Michigan
State but losing to Iowa. It also enters
today's meet with five All-American
returnees and a state championship
under its belt.
However, Isaac isn't disturbed.
"They lost their two best divers, and
though they have some good Big Ten

swimmers, they come up short in
national competition."
"The team is really looking for-
ward to this meet and the exhibi
tion," said Isaac. "The holiday train-'
ing workouts were very good, and,
because of this, I'm looking for some
good performances."
Swimmer Jody Ford enters this.
meet after placing sixteenth in the
400-yd. individual medley at the U.S.
Women's International Invitational,
meet last week. Her score of 4:32.52"
set a new Michigan varsity record
and beat the old one by five seconds.
Another plus for Michigan is
incoming freshman Lisa Matheson:
"Lisa should do well for us," says.
Isaac, "she was a national finalist in 2
Moving on to Chicago, the Blue
tankers will compete against various
midwest teams, including Michigan
Although an exhibition meet, which
means no official winners or losers;
the scores can count toward records
or national qualifications.
And that's just what Isaac is
looking for. "There's a strong possi-
bility of breaking team records and,
making some national cutoffs.?"

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