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Picket
*takes

By VAL SAMARAS and SUSAN SOLTERO
You don't necessarily have to go all the way to the
warm climate of the West Coast to find all of the best
synchronized swimmers in the nation. In fact, there's
one right here in Ann Arbor: Ruth Pickett, a 22-year-
old senior member of the Michigan synchronized
swim team.
Pickett was one of the first midwesterners to
receive the Broadrick Award for synchronized
swimming, an award comparable to the Heisman
Trophy in football. And after 15 years of six-hour long

did," said Joyce Lindeman, the coach of the women's
team. "She's come a long way.
"She had that spark that made her want to learn
and practice more and more," Lindeman continued.
"She was able to accept criticism well and would ob-
jectively work hard to correct her mistakes. She's
very appreciative."
'It's (synchronized swimming)
beepn mwwhole life. So when I win

well," said Pickett, "and I hope with my accom-
plishments they'll have something to work for.
Maybe I'll be an incentive."
But the team doesn't seem to need a great deal of
extra incentive, as they placed third in the AIAW
national meet last year, with Ohio State and Arizona
tying for first. And this year's team looks very
promising.
"We have a much better team this year," said Lin-
deman. "We have a young team that has a lot of dep-
th.

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bUN W 7 practices, she still feels it's all worth it. THE SQUAD faces Ohio State and Bowling Green
Ht e sa nSHE STAR TE D practicing at the age of six and has an award like this, eve rything in its season opener this Saturday in a meet where the
been competing ever since. "It's been my whole life," yh ahe.boy. the Broadrick award swimmers perform only standard figures, with no
said Pickett last night. "So when I win an award like routines.
d this, everything pays off." is the most outstanding award "The meet with Ohio State is a good place to start,'
So r Besides winning the Broadrick Award twice, she said Lindeman. "We'll be able to see where we stand.
took a gold medal for her solo performance in an in- jive ever won. "Ohio State also has a better team this year,"she
0 vitational meet in Spain, and swam with the U.S. -Ruth Pickett continued. "They're also able to get better people
iteam in international meets in California and Japan, because they tied for first. But we have the elite in
s r i I twhere the Americans were victorious both times. She sports, and also the elite academically."
placed fifth in California, an impressive achievement "Because of this, we've done a lot at the national Pickett also feels optimistic about the 1981
for her, since she had not expected to finish any level. We got a lot of exposure there," added Lin- Wolverine synchronized swimmers. "I think this is
higher than eighthdeman one of the strongest teams we've ever had," she said.
"But the Broadrick Award is the most outstanding PICKETT SERVES as an example to the rest of the "And they want to go further."
award I've ever won," Pickett said. members of the squad, a group of 19 women (nine of Saturday's meet begins at 2:00 p.m. at Margaret
"SHE STARTED out like everyone else on the team which are freshmen). "The girls have the desire to do Bell Pool, and admission is free.
SMALL ONLY IN SIZE:

Pickett
. Broadrick winner

-

.McFarland is big winner

SCORES

ATTENTION HONORS STUDENTS!
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College Basketball
Maryland 81, Maryland Eastern-Shore 65
Florida St. 59, Jacksonville 50
Va. Commonwealth 84, Georgia St. 71
Holy Cross 55, St. Peter's 47
Manchester 72, Findlay 67
NBA
Detroit 83, Philadelphia 75
New York 98, Seattle 97
Cleveland 99, Portland 94
Washington 121, Utah 113

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