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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, Februdry 25, 1977

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By JEFFREY FRANK
Imagine if you can, a Michigan
team meeting for its first practice.
Upon their arrival they discover old
worn down equipment, no real area
for the team to work out, and worst of
all, the absence of a coach.
This was the situation facing women
gymnasts who only three years ago
participated in the women's gymnas-
tic club here at Michigan.
Seniors Dot Summers and Sandy,
Burak remember their initial surprise
at this discovery, as the team pre-
pares for tonight's State Championship
meet in East Lansing.
"I WENT TO Barbour gym, and I
was appalled," recalled Summers, "I
just assumed that a school as large
as Michigan would have an estab-
lished women's program."
"We had a 'come-if-you-want' at-
mosphere at Barbour," said Burak,

"all of us were high school gymnasts
who wished to continue wish the sport.
I couldn't believe that Michigan didn't
have a larger scale program."
Burak came from an established
high school program at Sterling
Heights Stevenson.
Summers experienced a different
type of high school career. "I com-
peted on my own throughout high
school (Wayne Memorial) and finally
my senior year, a team was started,"
she said.
THIS PARALLELS the start of the
woien's program here.
After two years of tossed together
meets, little training or coaching, and
a lot of pushing by Burak and co-
captain Linda Laatsch, the club re-
ceived varsity status at the beginning
of last season.
"Linda and I petitioned the athletic
department for varsity status, but it

wasn't until we nearly defeated West-
ern Michigan (two seasons ago) in a
dual meet that the petition gathered
any support," said Burak.
"'We proved to everyone that we
were good enough to become a var-
sity sport, and this made us proud of
what we had done, knowing th.at we
fought for something and won," she
continued. "I was angry then, but
looking back, I'm glad we had to earn
our status."
'HE FIRST year of varsity compe-
tition. last year, still remained mostly
organized confusion.g "We didn't ksnow
what was happening," said Summers,
"all of a sudden we competed in the
Big Ten championships, without bene-
fit of a prior dual meet."
"Finally there was pride in being a
gymnast," said Summers. "When I
competed I felt 'I am a Michigan ath-
lete' and it instilled pride in myself

and the rest of the team."
Anne Cornell became coach in Sep-
tember of this season, and inherited
a bunch of disorganized returnees as
well as many freshwomen who knew
nothing of the struggles of the past.
One freshwoman who did know
some of the problems was Mia Axon
of Ann Arbor, who competed for
Coach Cornell at Huron High School.
"I WORKED out with the team sev-
eral times last year, and I knew
where it was going." said Axon. "I
was surprised to see Cornell coaching
the team and a bit disappointed be-
cause I expected a well known coach.
However, she's done a good job or-
ganizing the team and bringing us to
where we are."
Where "we" are now, according to
Cornell, "is hoping to finish second in
the state meet."
It wasn't gymnastics that brought

Ta dder
Axon to Michigan. She is a harpist
and the presence of a fine harp teach
er convinced her to come here.
A 1-arounder Sara Flom, with eight
years of national competition behind
her, including the Junior Olympics
championship is an example of the
higher quality gymnast Coach Cornell
received due to Michigan's scholastic
reputation.
"I was impressed that a school with
such high standards also possessed a
competitive gymnastics program,"
said Flom, "you'll find a lot of gym-
nasts interested in Michigan because
of the academics."
Coach Cornell agrees, "with a de-
cent recruiting year, and we've been
contacted by some fine high school
gymnasts, the gap between us and
Michigan State (the best in the state)
could close by next year," she said.
What a difference two years makes.

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By JOHN NIEMEYER
One down and one to go.
This weekend the Michigan
hockey team makes its second
trip in two weeks to the land
of 10,000 lakes this time to face
Minnesota - Duluth.
Last weekend the Wolverines
took the first battle of Minne-
sota, sweeping a series in Min-
neapolis against Minnesota's
Golden Gophers. The dekers
hope to win the second round
tonight and tomorrow night

against Minnesota - Duluth's
Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs presently hold
down last place in the confer-
ence sporting a miserable 5-
12-2 record in the WCHA. In
their previous meeting this
season, Michigan easily dis-
posed of Duluth, 7-1 and 7-3.
Winning at Duluth is not al-
ways easy, and Michigan Coach
Dan Farrell knows it. "This
will be a tough series," he
said. "Duluth is a tough place
to play and they can be spoilers
these next two weekends." The
Bulldogs face Michigan Tech
the following weekend.
About the only thing the Bull-
dogs have had to boast about
this season is a freshman nam-

ed Dan Lempe. The center from
Grand Rapids, Minn. is the
league's sixth leading scorer
and is by far the team's best
point getter.
Otherwise, Duluth owns the
least prolific offense in the
league, as well as the worst
defense in the WCHA. They've
scored only 104 goals while al-
lowing 168.
With this in mind, the
Michigan team is very opti-
mistic, especially in the wake
of their recent successes.
"We still have a shot at No-
tre Dame, so second place is
not out of sight," Farrell said.
"That thought should certain-
ly keep our momentum go-
ing."

A sweep against Duluth is
imparative for the dekers to
keep alive hopes of catching
Notre Dame. Only if Michigan
wins its next four games and
Notre Dame loses four can the
Blue grab second for them-
selves.
The Irish must travel to
Michigan Tech this weekend to
take .on the strong finishing
Huskies. They end the regular
season with conference leaders
Wisconsin, at South Bend.
Meanwhile Michigan finishes
with Duluth and then a home

and home series with Michigan
State. Both teams are in the
lower division, and Michigan
stands a good chance of winning
at least three out of four.
Realistically, however, the
Wtlverines must be more
concerned with maintaining
their third place perch.
Denver and North Dakota are
tied for fourth, a slim two points-
behind Michigan. Should Michi-
gan falter in the coming two
weekends, either team could
grab third.

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The University of Pittsburgh has cancelled this Saturday's
wrestling match with Michigan, due to extensive injuries on
its team. The Panthers would have to forfeit, in four weight
classes.
"It's kind of upsetting," commented Wolverine 'mentor Bill
Johanuesen. "We've had five meets cancelled this year and
they all would probably have been wins." But Johannesen add-
ed that the team menmbes are happy with a week's rest be-
fore the Big Ten championships.
If the meet had occurred, freshman Rich Stader would have
been wrestling at 126 pounds,
Amos Goodlow at 134 pounds,
and- senior George Kelley at
158 pounds. These are all chang-
es from the normal lineup.
Usually Goodlow grapples at
126, Rich Lubell at 134 and Brad
Holman at 158. The lineup will
return to normal for the Big
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COLUMBUS - Woody Hayes,
entering his 27th coaching sea-
~son has signed 28 of his alloted
30 players to national letters of
intent.
Hayes seldom releases his re-
cruiting classes, but The Asso-
ciated Press has learned the
names of= 23 of them.
THIS LOOKS LIKE a bumper
crop for the Buckeyes, who lost
eight starters from last season
to graduation. Among the re-
cruits are nine players who
made first or second team on
the AP's Class AAA all-Ohio
squad -last fail.
ayes' most 'prized Ohioan is
Todd 'Bell of Midletown, a 6-2,
185 linebacker who has twice
won the state long jump cham-
wpionship, wiping out a long-
standing Jesse Owens record in
the process.
Hayes plans to use Bell as a
defensive safety and figures he
will help some as a freshman.
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