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Page 8 Sunday, March 29, 1981 The Michigan Daily
RECORD MARK BOOSTS GYMNASTS - _"
E\OWN Tumblers vault to 4th in regional
By BARB BARKER
EAST LANSING - Riding a superb
performance by freshman Kathy'
Beckwith, the Michigan women's gym-'
nastics team ended its season by edging
pre-meet favorite Southern Illinois for
fourth place in the MAIAW Regional
Championships here this weekend.
The tumblers' overall team score in
the tournament, 138.20, is their highest
score to date, improving upon the
previous all-time high of 135.35 set
earlier this month against Illinois State.
"THIS IS THE best finish in Michigan
womens' gymnastics history," said
Wolverine head coach Sheri Hyatt. "We,
went into competition ranked sixth and
hoping just to hold that position. Not
only did we take fourth place, beating
out a top ranked team, but we scored
higher than I had ever hoped for . I just
couldn't be happier with the'team's per-
Ohio State took first place in the tour-
nament with 142.55. Michigan State and
Illinois Chicago-Circle took second and.
third, respectively, scoring 141.55 and
The Wolverines, who have been
plagued by falls and imperfect routines
all season, hit on almost all of their
routines. For the first time this year,
every team member scored in the 8.0
and above range.'
JUNIOR TEAM CAPTAIN Teresa
Bertoncin, in the final performance of
her gymnastics career, made a good,
solid showing on both the uneven bars
and the floor exercise, according to
Hyatt. "Teresa was practically robbed
from qualifying for finals," she said.
"She was beaten out on the bars by only
five one-hundreths of a point."
.Junior Cindy Shearon qualified for
yesterday's individual finals in the
vault with a 9.05 score. But' it was
Beckwith who stole the show.
Beckwith finished third in the team's
meet's all-around competition Friday,
tallying 36.00, behind Ohio State's Don-
na Silber and Chicago Circle's Lori
Zabel. She qualified for yesterday's in-
dividual finals in the vault, uneven bars
and balance beam events. With a score
of 8.75 on the floor, she missed
qualifying for that event by one tenth of
IN THE FIRST individual event,
Shearon took fifth place with a layout
double twist. Beckwith captured first
place for the Wolverines in an identical
vault with a mark of 9.15.
Beckwith then followed with a nearly-
flawless 9.15 performance on the
uneven bars, eliciting an excited hug
from the normally placid Hyatt and a
second place tie with Spartan Barb
Zakowski. Buckeye Sandy Maisenbach
took first place.
Beckwith went on to capture another
second place in the balance beam event
with a 9.20. Chicago Circle's Zabel took.
first with a 9.35.
"I AM SO HAPPY with my score I
don't know quite what to say," said
Beckwith after her victory in the vault.
"I've been practicing for so long, and I
just hit it right."
For her efforts, Beckwith was
awarded a place on the meet's All-
Midwest Regional Team - an honor
bestowed upon the meet's top two
finishers in each event and the com-
petition's top four all-arounders. She
also captured third in the all-around in-
dividual competition behind Silber and
"We won't know till next week, but it
looks as though Kathy has a good shot
at making nationals," said Hyatt.
"Right now she ranks second in the
state, with 24 open spots. If she goes, it
will be a Michigan women's gymnastics
first - we've to date never had anyone
. .. eyeing nationals
'M' netters slip past
Miami of Ohio, 5-4
The Michigan women's tennis team
barely squeaked past its visitors from
Miami of Ohio for a 5-4 home court vic-
tory yesterday at the Liberty Tennis
Relying heavily on their top-seeded
players, the netters split the singles
matches, winning three of six, and took
two of the three doubles contests from
the women of Miami.
NUMBER ONE SINGLES player
Marian Kremer defeated Miami's Anna
Vanwelleghem, 6-1, 7-5. She then com-
bined with partner Mary Mactaggert
for a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Van-
welleghem and partner Wendy Sweney
in the first doubles contest.
Mactaggert was a two-time winner as
well, as she handily defeated Sweney, 6-
2, 6-2, in the second singles spot.
But it was the Wolverines' depth that
proved to be Miami's undoing. After
their victories .in the top two spots,
Michigan did not net another win until
the number six singles contest. Juliet
Naft banged her way to a 6-2, 6-3 drub-
bing of Miami's Sarah Barnes.
NAFT THEN WENT on to be the
Blue's third double-winner, teaming
with Robbie Risdon to take the second
doubles match and clinch the win for
Michigan, 6-1, 7-6, over Pam Bodman
and Lauren Montgomery. .
For Risdon, it was sweet revenge.
Earlier Montgomery had rudely
defeated her, 6-4, 6-1, in the fifth singles
However, Risdon's loss was the lone
lopsided one of the Wolverines' singles
defeats. The third singles match went
three sets, as Michigan's Sue Weber
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fell, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, to Nina Ligh Howard.
Another endurance contest decided
the fourth spot as Jill Hertzman suc-
cumbed to Miami's Pam Bodman in a
three-set marathon, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
In the third doubles contest, Weber
and Maryanne Hodges were trounced,
6-1, 6-2, by Howard and partner Nancy
Special to the Daily
MIAMI, Fla. -Jim Paciorek slam-
med a triple, single, and two doubles,
and winning pitcher Scot Elam (2-1)
struck out nine to lead the Michigan
baseball team to an 11-6 victory over
Florida International yesterday. The
victory gave the Wolverines the cham-
pionship of the sixth annual Sunblazer
Classic Tournament in Miami.
The win was the third in five tour-
nament games for the Wolverines, as
they overcame Bowling Green and
Glassboro State in addition to Florida
FOR HIS EFFORTS, Paciorek was
named the tournament's MVP
Then in its final game of the spring
trip, Michigan lost to Miami, 10-3. The
win gave Miami an 11-game winning
streak. The crowd of 3,640 pushed
Miami's attendance record to over
Freshman hurler Gary Wayne took
the loss, giving up four runs. Catcher
Gerry Hool collected two singles in the
losing effort, which made the
Wolverines' final record 6-7 for the
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