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Tumbling
Scaptain,
adds zest

By BARB BARKER
How many athletes can en-
thusiastically congratulate a team
member who has just beaten her out of
a first place position? And how many.
manage to walk off the floor smiling
bravely after completing what could
not be called one of their better perfor-
mances?,
Veryfew athletes today display this
degree of team spirit and good spor-
tsmanlike conduct. Yet Michigan junior
gymnast Teresa Bertoncin is one
athlete who consistently does.
"TERESA PLAYS a very cohesive
role on the team," said head coach
Sheri Hyatt. "She is very spirited. She
helps hold the team together at meets
and keeps them going."

With her friendly brown eyes and
energetic smile, team captain Berton-
cin converses in a manner which puts
one immediately at ease. Cheerfully,
she explained her positive attitude
towards competition.
"At the college level, gymnastics is
basically a team sport," she said. "A
real team is one that works together.
Recently, people have started to take a
more cutthroat competitive attitude.
It's when we start competing against
one another that we lose meets. We're a
team and we're all in this together. I
just try to cheer everyone on so we do
our best.
"SURE, THERE'S TIMES when I
don't do so well that I feel like just
stomping off and sulking. But I can't, I

just have to keep smiling and have a
positive attitude."
This has been a season to put Berton-
cin's positive attitude to a test. Her per-
formances-plagued along with the rest
of the team's by difficulty in remaining
on apparatus-have not been "as good
as I'm capable of," she said.
Yet her ability to bounce back has
recently become apparent. Her first-
place performance on the uneven bars
in the January 24 meet with Central
Michigan enabled her to take the
meet's third place all-around position.
UNFORTUNATELY FOR THE
TEAM, this will be Bertoncin's last
year of competition. When the term en-
ds, she plans to leave Michigan for
Albuquerque, N.M., where she will

marry a recent University engineering
school graduate. Although she plans to
finish school at the University of New
Mexico, Bertoncin said her days as a
competitive athlete will end following
this season.
"I'm ready to quit competition," said
Bertoncin. "I'm at my peak and the
style of gymnastics is changing rapidly.
When I started, for example, dance was
an important part of the floor exercise.
Now there's more emphasis on tum-
bling. It's like being an acrobat. It's lost
its grace.
"I love gymnastics, but I know if I
were to continue on I would come to
hate it."
Nevertheless, Bertoncin does have
some regrets about leaving. "Gym-

nastics have been a large part of my life
for a long time. People on the team
know a part of me that no one else does.
Sure, I will miss it."
And if one teammate's feelings
reflect the sentiments of the entire
team, Bertoncin will surely be missed
when the Wolverines begin the 1981-82
season.
"She has been a positive and en-
thusiastic force on the tean while she's
been here," said junior Cindy Shearon.
"We will really miss her next year."

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SPORTS

The Michigan Daily

Sunday, February 1, 1981

rage 1

'M' women thinclads
capture tnimeneet

By JOE CHAPELLE
Michigan set two Track and Tennis
Building records in a triangular meet
with Eastern Michigan and Bowling
Green last night. Eastern also set two
cords, but the similarities ended
ere as the Wolverine distance runners
left the Hurons and Falcons in the dust
to preserve the victory.
Lisa Larsen shattered Melanie
Weaver's fieldhouse and team records
in the mile with a time of 4:54.77 to lead
the tinclads (who garnered 131 total
points) past Eastern (106) and Bowling
Green (89). Larsen, a former swimmer
who competed in the AIAW nationals
last year, moved from her regular spot
as a three miler to set the new record.
"(Larsen) is defijitely one of the
most improved runners on the team,"
said Michigan coach Ken -Simmons.
"This is the first time that she has com-
peted in this meet, and I think she will
qualify for the nationals later. this
season." Simmons labeled the record-
setter "an outstanding athlete."
Sue Frederick followed up Larsen's
performance with a runaway victory
and another fieldhouse record and team
ecord in the 1,000-yard run. Leaving all
possible competition behind, Frederick
turned in a time of 2:34.3 and missed

the natioanl qualifying time by less
than a second.
Frederick nonetheless said she was
"a little disappointed" in missing the
AIAW cutoff time. "I was trying to
qualify. It is a lot easier to run hard
when you are trying to catch
somebody," she said in reference to the
huge lead she had in the last stretch of
the race.
Frederick, like Larsen, was running
in an event that is not her true
specialty. She normally competes in the
880 for the Wolverines, an event in
which she earned second-place honors
at last year's Big Ten meet.
"(Frederick) is a very versatile run-
ner," said Simmons. "She could com-
pete in anything from the quarter-mile
to the mile and do well."
Lorrie Thornton was the third
Wolverine to modify the record books,
finishing with a long jump of 19'10", but
Eastern's Ann Me achum stole the
thunder by leaping an inch further to
grab the fieldhouse mark for herself.
That marked only the beginning of a
banner evening for the Huron thinclad;
from there she went on to set another
building record, this one in the 300-yard
dash (36.5), and capped things off with
a victory in the 60-yard dash (7.02).

Larsen
... sets mile record

Wolverine Renee Turner dashed to a
new team record in the 60-yard hurdles
with a time of 8.0 seconds, but it was
none other than Meachum who gave her
a sprint to the wire before falling three-
hundredths of a second short.
"It was a good workout for the girls,"
Simmons said. "We did an awful lot of
experimenting. Qverall, I think that it
was an outstanding meet for us as we
tried to get some of the girls to develop
more endurance by moving them and
letting them compete in different even-
ts."
Obviously Simmons' experiment paid
off. Both Frederick and Larsen set new
records competing for the first time.

Gymnasts
beat MSU
By LARRY MISHKIN
Paced by the all-around performance
of MarshallGarfield and the vaulting
squad, the Michigan men's gymnastics
team posted their first Big Ten win of
the season by defeating cross state
rival Michigan State 264-262.15 at
Crisler Arena last night.
With a score of 54.65, his best of the
season, Garfield captured the all-
around competition as well as winning
the parallel bars event with a score of
9.45 and capturing a second and third .
place in the pommel horse and the
vaulting, respectively.
"I WAS REALLY happy with my per-
formance, especially with my parallel
bars and pommel'horse routines. I've
been working real hard on these events
and it has really paid off," said Garfield
of his season high performance.
The vaulting squad also came
through with one of their top perfor-
mances of the season as Milan
Stanovich took first place with a 9.45
and Garfield and Kevin McKee tied for
third place with a 9.35 score.
"It feels as though we've broken a
sound barrier. The guys.were really hit-
ting their routines tonight," said coach
Newt Loken. "We feel great about our
mini-winning streak and hope we can
continue it. This win will give the guys a
real stimulus to know they can be
challengers and score consistent
nines."
The gymnasts will face the Univer-
sity of Wisconsin this afternoon at 1:30
at Crisler Arena.
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SPORTS OF THE DAILY

Special to the Daily
BLOOMINGTON - Like their men's
team counterparts, the Indiana women
swimmers used the final race of the
meet - the 400-yard freestyle relay -
to defeat the defending Big Ten cham-
pion Wolverines 70-61 here yesterday.
. Despite the defeat, the second in two
years at the hands of the Hoosiers,
Michigan coach Stu Isaac was satisfied
with his team's showing.
"We didn't want to get blown out. We
knew Indiana was capable of doing
*hat. This gives us added confidence
going into Big Tens."'
Michigan (3-3), which had several
seconds and thirds but few first places,
was led by freshman Denise Stuntzner,
who won the 100-meter butterfly and set
a new school record with her second-
place 2:04.32 time in the 200-meter but-
terfly.
Other Michigan winners included
Carolyn Clymer, who defeated defen-
ding conference champion Mary Beth
McGinnis in the 50-yard freestyle, and
diver Julie Bachman, who won both the
one- and three-meter events.
Synchros sink
Special to the Daily
COLUMBUS - Michigan's syn-
chronized swimmers edged a bit closer
to threatening Ohio State's dominance
of the sport, but the defending national
champion Buckeyes had enough depth
to hold off the Wolverines, 63-48, at the
College Association Meet here yester-
day.
Michigan, which finished third at last
year's nationals, dominated the novice
and junior figures events and jumped
into an early lead. But the Buckeyes
stormed back to handily win the
routines segment and consequently
win.
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finished one-two in the first-year
figures and Michigan claimed second
and third place to give itself a 34-8 ad-
vantage following two events. The
Buckeyes' Tara Cameron then edged
Broderick Award winner Ruth Pickett
by four-tenths of a point in senior
figures to close the gap to 40-31.
Ohio State went on to sweep the solo,
duet, and trio routines. Pickett was
second in the solo class, finishing 1.5
points behind Cameron. She then
teamed with Betsy Meira and Cathy
O'Brien for a second-place showing in
trio routines. Meira and O'Brien were
second in duets, while Louann Koval
and Becky Weise finished third.
The synchro swimmers return to ac-
tion next Saturday back in Columbus
for the College International Meet.
Women gymnasts fifth
Special to the Daily
CHICAGO - Michigan's women
gymnasts placed fifth in a field of nine
teams yesterday in the Windy City In-
vitational, a meet that annually

women
showcases some of the nation's top
women's gymnastics squads.
.The Wolverines tallied 130.85 points,
only five-hurdredths of a point less than
they scored a week earlier against Cen-
tral Michigan. Seventh-ranked Arizona
State took top honors with 137.70, while
another top 20 team, Louisville,
finished second with 135.65. Unranked
Illinois-Chicago Circle and defending
AIAW Midwest regional champion
Southern Illinois were third and fourth,
respectively.
Coach Sheri Hyatt and her team did
achieve a form of revenge, however.
Illinois, which placed second in last
year's Big Ten championships and nip-
ped the Wolverines in Champaign two
weeks ago, finished 1.6 points 'behind
Michigan.
The tumblers return to action next
Sunday when they host Ohio State in a
co-ed meet at 1:30 p.m. in Crisler
Arena. The Buckeyes are led by Donna
Silber - one of the nation's top all-
arounders - and a corps of talented
freshmen.

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Fourth Distinguished Senior Faculty Lecture Series
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in a three-part series, will discuss
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