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Page 10 Friday, January 29, 1982 The Michigan Daily
Injury doesn't set back
top gymnast Van Mierlo
By STEVEN it. KAMEN,
Gymnasts, unlike many other
athletes, are often unable to suc-
cessfully come back after a serious in-
jury. Gymnastics in the last decade has
been progressing so quickly that long
interims of recovery set the'gymnast
too far back relative to the competition.
Michigan gymnast Chris Van Mierlo,
however, defied those terrible odds,
and after a severe injury to his right
arm, has come back stronger than
Preceding the 1980 National Cham-
pionships, Van Mierlo's arm was
severely dislocated, thus causing car-
tilage and ligament damage. Con-
sequently in May of that year, Van
Mierlo underwent surgery to repair the
arm. After the operation, he was not
even able to lift his arm over his head.
The operation had thoroughly inhibited
his strength and flexibility..
"CHRIS HAS overcome tremendous
obstacles to perform as a top conten-
der," said Michigan head gymnastics
coach Newt Loken. For a year and a
half, from the operation in May 1980- to
the beginning of the 1981-82 season,
Van Mierlo has worked hard toward his
During the summer months he went
to Palestrum gymnastic camp and he
worked with trainers and other people
on building up the strength in his arm.
Van Mierlo "is a hard, intense, com-
petitive worker who wants to excel,"
"Lots of time, I didn't know whether I
should go on because it hurt so much,"
said Van Mierlo. "Coach Loken only
pushed me when I needed it. His
greatest asset as a coach is his ability to
know when you need a push and when
you need to work on your own."
THE TEAM, and the athletic depar-
tment were also integral parts of Van
Mierlo's recovery. The Michigan
trainers were patient and encouraging
while pushing Chris through a trying
period. Van Mierlo added, "I, hated to
sit out a year and watch everybody
compete. Seeing people get better en-
couraged me to get better. The vast im-
provement of the team over the last
year was electrifying, and I just wanted
Now Van Mierlo is a "bona fide top
contender," according to Loken. In the
last meet against Minnesota, Van
Mierlo scored a formidable 9.25 on high:
bar. The routine he performed deman-
ded strenuous use of his shoulder even
for a perfectly healthy gymnast.
Van Mierlo is currently working
toward bettering his scores on every
event so that he can contribute
positively in the upcoming Ohio State
meet, and more importantly, in the Big
Ten Championships. In his final year.of
eligibility Van Mierlo claims, "Of all
the years since I have been here, the
team is showing its greatest potential,
and winning the Big Ten Championship
is within reach."
Van Mierlo is continuing to improve.
"My hit percentage on routines is in-
creasing weekly. I feel more and more
confident in the gym now." According
to assistant coach Bob Dareen, "Chris
is his own harshest critic. Based on that
he had his sights set out on-making a
.omeback and now his is better than
... returns from injury
SPORTS OF THE DAILY:
Tankers await Hoosier challenge
By JAMES THOMPSON
Although the men's swimming team
has been able to easily win most of its
meets thus far, the tankers could run
into difficulty when they collide with
Indiana at Bloomington today.
After defeating Wisconsin two weeks
ago, the Wolverines had their last two
meets (Purdue and Illinois) cancelled
due to traveling difficulties.
INDIANA, which finished second in
the Big Ten last year, while Michigan
ended up fourth, was able to defeat the
Wolverines in the final event of the dual
meet at Matt Mann Pool the last time
the teams met.'
"I think Indiana is a stronger team,
only because they have more depth,"
said coach Gus Stager. "But if we swim
our best we could beat-'em.
Michigan appears to have stronger
performers in the freestyle sprinting
events but Indiana possesses superior
butterfliers and the individual medley
LEADING Michigan's freestyle
swimmers are senior Fernando
The Ann Arbor Y Is now accepting
applications for staff positions at
the following camps:
CAMP AL-GON-QUIAN: a resident
comp for boys and girls located on Burt Lake in
northern Mich. Camp dotes are June 21 to
August 7. Senior staff positions, ages 18 and
above are available in the following areas:
horseback riding, sailing, canoeing, arts and
crafts, trips director, archery, nature, woodwork-
ing, riflery, land sports."swimming, water skiing,
and camp nurse. Salary plus room and board.
CAMP BIRKETT: A day camp for boys and
girls located on Silvr Lake near Pinckney. Camp
dates are June 21-August 20. Senior staff posi-
tions, ages 18 and above are available in the
following areas: Archery, swimming, sailing,
canoeing, arts and crafts, nature, and general
Applications and additional infor-
mation regarding positions at
both camps may be obtained by
contacting the Ann Arbor Y. 350
South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor,
Mich. 48104 or calling (313) 663-
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Canales, senior Kevin Williamson, and
sophomore Mark Noetzel.
Junior Bruce Gemmel heads the
Michigan Iyackstrokers, senior Trip
Gage is the top qualifier in the butterfly
event, and senior Tom Ernsting,a top
One thing that worries Stager at this
point is whether the Hoosiers have
reached their potential this season.
"They have good swimmers, but I don't
think they've done their best yet," said
Stager. "I'm worried over whether or
not they're going to come out and show
what they can do."
IF THE Michigan swimmers aren't
able to hold off the Hoosier tankers, the
talented divers may boost the
Wolverines to victory. Ron Merriott, an
NCAA finalist on the one-meter board,
heads a trio of Wolverine divers.
Seniors Jon Beach, a Big Ten finalist on
the three-meter board last season, and
Mark McMann, a Big Ten finalist in
both the one and three-meter boards,
complete the, strong Michigan diving
For the first time in the history of the
Michigan Rugby club, an invitation was
received to participate in the World
Collegiate Rugby Tournament held in
Vancouver, Canada, March 10-14. One
obstacle, however, stands in their way.
Money. It would take approximately
$10,000-to fly and board a 25-man squad
to Vancouver, leaving the club about
A benefit will be held Sunday,
January 31, to raise money for the
Rugby Club, at Joe's Star Lounge,
located at 101 N. Main St. The band
featured is Kevin Lynch and the
Cadillac Cowboys and tickets can be
purchased before Sunday for $2.00.
Otherwise, there will be a $2.50 cover
ANOTHER FUND raising tactic used
by the team is "Rent a Rugby Player.''
According to team members, for $15,
one can rent a rugby player for 3-5
hours for such activities as heavy
moving, heavy cleaning, or whatever
fits the imagination.
The Rugby club has enjoyed a suc-
cessful season with a record of 20 wins,
one loss and one tie. The rugby season
began the first week of the school term
and runs through the third week of Oc-
tober. Their second season starts in the
middle of March and ends the last week
of May. According to Dave Weber, a
second-year. MBA student, team mem-
ber and organizer, the team will enjoy a
competitive spring season including a
match with the Chicago Lions, one of
the top teams in the Midwest, April 3.
The World Collegiate Rugby Tour-
nament, slotted for March 10-14 will
host six teams, and according to Weber,
they are "the best in the world." In-:
cluded in the six are: Oxford, Univer-
sity of British Columbia, University of
California at Berkeley, University of
Aucland, New Zealand, Michigan, and
the hosting team, the University of Vic-
"We have a pretty decent chance of
winning," said Weber. "We have good
team spirit and I hope we can keep it
up. It will be a big test going into the
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during a halftime ceremony of the
Rockets game against Philadelphia.
Tomjanovich, who wore No. 45 for over
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