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January 15, 1978 - Image 9

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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, January 15,;1978-Page 9
Gymnasts shine in invitational

There he was, his jersey thrown
haphazardly over his head by a
teammate, the dejected young Michi-
gan gymnast on the sidelines.
But for John Corritore, the 1977
NCAA runner-up (by a fraction) in
the parallel bars, all was not lost.
Sure, he had wound up flat on his
back after overspinning on his
"double-back tuck" dismount, but
still his routine was smooth enough to
handily win first place in the p-bars
yesterday in the Big Ten Invitational
Meet at Crisler Arena.
The meet, featuring competition
between Michigan, Michigan State,
Ohio State, Indiana, Eastern Michi-
gan and Western Michigan, wound up
around 5:30 after nearly 10 hours of
competition, including compulsories
on Friday night and optionals and the
finals on Saturday.
The reason for the meet's length
was the "individual" rather than the
normal "team" basis for awards.
Each teams' entire rosters were
allowed to compete, rather than the
usual 12 member limit. Also, no team
totals were calculated.
And after nearly 500 separate runs
by close to 100 competitors in seven
categories of events, even Newt

Loken, the energetic coach of the
Michigan squad, admitted that "it's
been a darn long event!"
"I really don't want to sound too
cocky," said the confident Corritore,
"but I know I can score better than
the 9.2's I've been getting here. Still,
it's real encouraging that I've done
so well and I've got a lot of time to
improve for this year's NCAA. I
really enjoy performing here in front
of friends, and you really learn a lot
when things go wrong."
Corritore was not the only Michi-
gan performer to succeed. The
pommel horse was dominated by
Michigan, with Hal Dardick finishing
first and Dorian Deaver and Brian
Carey taking the third and fourth
spots respectively.
Bob Creek won Michigan's only
other first in the high bar, Darrel
Yee, a freshman, took second on the
rings, as did Carl Badger in the
vaulting competition, and Jim Vari-
lek placed fourth in the floor exer-
The meet, which also featured a

short exhibition by three of Michi-
gan's women gymnasts (who com-
pete at Crisler today), only drew an
estimated 600 spectators but was con-
sidered, nonetheless, a success by
the Michigan squad.
In addition to their successes, it
also gave many of the usual "bench
warmers" a chance to compete, and
granted valuable experience to those
who expect to compete more in
future meets. The meet also allowed
Michigan to rest Nigel Rothwell, who
has mono, without hurting the team's

The fans seemed to enjoy it also. In
the morning session, before only
about 100 spectators, Ohio State's
multi-talented Steve Willard drew
cheers as loud as a crowd of 100 can
be expected to make when he
finished his floor exercises with a
round-off, flip-flop back-full punch-
To describe a round-off. . . Well, it
was very exciting, not unlike many of
the performances turned in during
the weekend meet.

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Daily Photo by BRAD BENJAMIN
Michigan freshman, Larry Beckerman, holds an '"L" during his parallel bar
routine Friday night in the Big Ten Invitational Gymnastic meet held at
Crisler this weekend. The Blue gymnasts fared well against the opposing Big
Ten schools, taking top spot in three of the six events and placing at least fourth
in the other events.
tan -menIS ALL ABOUT?
Special to The Daily
MADISON - The Wisconsin men's Mstmntnkamypanngs
swimming team out-raced Michigan something a woman doestprevent
57-56 in a meet that "could have been unwanted pregnancy.
turned around in so m any places,', that is o ''r 'fthe story.sFamrly
said Michigan coach Dick Kimball. pann sjs smc a
The 200 yard individual medley resosbiiy
could have been the event to change
the outcome of the meet had Paul F ami i p ganning means more
Griffith finished just one second ear- than you may have thought.
lier. Two Wisconsin swimmers beat
him to the touch by less than a For information on y
HIGHLIGHTS OF the meet includ- forapmaninshe size of your family
ed the three meter dive by Michi- an ningunwanted
gan's Matt Chelich. His score of pan ymy
352.22 was well above the rest of the c iniccanpyourac y, yourheocal
competitors. Chelich also won the health department, or your own
one meter dive, scoring 325.57. physician.
Other Wolverines placing first
were Kevin Williamson in the 1000
yard free style, Fernando Canales in
the 200 yard free style, Bob Murray
in the 50 and 100 yard free style, and U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH,
Kevin Williamson in the 500 yard free EDUCATIOHea th SrvEF

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