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Page 10-Tuesday, February 16, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Tumbler shows dedication

By STEVEN R. KAMEN
Determination, dedication, and per-
sistance are just some of the qualities
that typify gymnast Al Berger and his
career as a Michigan gymnast. While
competing for the Wolverines, this
quiet, reserved athlete from Roslyn,
New York has proven himself to be one
of coach Newt Loken's most consistent
and dynamic performers.
Berger's scores have increased
tremendously since he entered the

squad as a freshman four years ago.
From the outset, Berger averaged
approximately an 8.00 on each event.
Now, in his final season of eligibility,
Berger is averaging approximately 9.00
on the four events in which he competes
(pommel horse, still rings, parallel
bars, high bar).
BERGER'S FORTE, however, has
proven to be the still rings. Averaging
9.35, he is presently ranked third in the
Mid-East district. "I have been putting

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extra time into rings. My best, my only,
shot at Nationals is on rings and that is
presently one of my goals: getting an
NCAA bid," said Berger.
Originality is a quality in Berger's
gymnastics which clearly sets him
apart from most performers. Each
routine he performs seems to contain
moves which are appealing, yet un-
typical of Big Ten gymnastics. In his
ring routine, a move called a german
rise has almost become a trademark.
"Al has unique moves on many even-
ts, front toss on parallel bars, german
rise on rings, etc. and he exploits this to
increase his scores," said Loken.
Similarly, Berger said, "R-O-V (risk,
originality and virtuosity) is important
to include in a routine in order to get the
high scores."
Berger's gymnastics career at
Michigan has not been without its pit-
falls. At the end of his sophomore year,
a tumbling accident hospitalized the
Michigan gymnast. The accident
caused severe ligament damage in his

knee and as a result an operation en-
sued.
RECOVERY FROM the operation
took many painstaking hours in the
gym, during which time floor exercise
and vaulting events had to be tem-
porarily laid aside. "Even though I
competed the next season, I was
definitely inhibited by my knee injury."
Nevertheless, "Al is a hard worker,"
said Loken. "His workouts are very
organized, and there are few influences
which enter his normal daily routine. Al
is usually in the gym during the after-
noon. When he doesn't come in the af-
ternoon, he schedules his workout,
usually three hours, in the morning."
Furthermore, Berger has spent several
spring and summer terms working out
in the gym..
There is no question in the mind of
Loken that Berger's hard work has paid
off. "We worked with Al, spent many
hours coaching him into a wise, mature
athlete."
On Loken's coaching philosophy,
Berger commented, "Loken is a good
motivator whose program relies on an
honor code that trusts we'll get the job
done."
During practices,aBerger has found
his own- niche. "I am, independent of
everything else and this takes a lot of
self-motivation," he said. "Sometimes
I get lax and I wish the program was
more structured."
As a senior, Berger is hoping his team
will qualify for the national champion-
ships. It would be a well-deserved en-
ding for the fine gymnast's career. For
the future, Berger plans to pursue his
education in the Natural Resources
school and become a marine biologist.
As a final comment Loken added,
"He will be missed."

By LARR YFREED
Turner gives his all .. .
. plays his guts out
W ATEVER SPORT you participate in, you are always asked
to give 100 percent of yourself for the success of the team.
Since his high school days at Flint Central, where he gained All-American
accolades, Eric Turner has been giving his all every time he steps foot on the
court. But it was not until last Saturday night in Evanston that Turner
demonstrated the extent of the intensity with which he plays.
It occurred during the second half of an otherwise mediocre showing bet-
ween Michigan and Northwestern. With less than six minutes gone in the
second stanza, Turner and his teammates suddenly found themselves down
by seven points.
What happened next can simply be described as incredible.
Turner performed a one-man act on the court, scoring 18 of his team's 23
second-half points. In one stretch, where he sunk seven straight buckets,
Turner accounted for 15 straight points to recapture the lead for the
struggling Wolverines.
After this Herculean effort was almost completed, Turner, who in all
tallied a career high 22 points, illustrated for the 5,331 folks gathered the true
intensity he plays with-in addition to proving he was mortal-as he vomited
all over the shining McGaw Hall court. It was one of the few things Turner
threw up all night that didn't go in.
And leave it to Michigan coach Bill Frieder, who has kept his sense of
humor during this trying season, to have the remark of the evening, "His
throwing up. . . that's what you call
playing your guts out. It's been a
characteristic of our club allyear." -
Although Frieder's remarks were
intended to be off-the-cuff, the latter
part of his comments have become a
recurring theme for the 1981-82
season:
"Themain thing is the attitude of
the guys is great, and the coaches
are with us. We're trying and we've
never quit." -Dan Pelekoudas, af-
ter Michigan's first Big Ten victory.
"I give my kids credit for not let-
ting it get aw.ay, beause it could Turner
have gotten away." -Bill Frieder
after the Illinois win. ... took charge against 'Cats
And Turner's performance on the court last Saturday personified this
team spirit and unity, which has helped the Wolverines on their modest
comebacl from a horrible non-conference start.
It is no coincidence that the Wolverines' bright performances as of late,
four wins in six outings, have coincided with Turner's rising level of play.
"I'm glad to see Eric come on the way he has,' explains Frieder.
"Sometimes you hear about great freshmen who don't develop until late in
their sophomore or junior year."
But fortunately for Frieder and the Wolverines, it appears that they will
not have to wait so long for Turner to start paying dividends for the Michigan
program. Through his first 20 games in a Maize and Blue uniform, Turner
has averaged 13.2 points, 4.2 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per contest.
However, the statistics tell only part of the story. Turner has started to
assert himself as a team leader-an important quality for any guard-and
more importantly his teammates are starting to look for him in tight
situations. All of which has pleased Turner.
"We weren't producing (against Northwestern)," said the soft-spoken
Flint native. "After I hit a few buckets they started looking for me and that
made me feel good."
And when Eric Turner starts feeling good, he makes Bill Frieder and the
rest of the Wolverines feel good. It was never more in evidence than when
Turner capped off his performance with a three-point play with 14 seconds
remaining to ice the Michigan victory. After sinking the game-winner, Tur-
ner, then a few pounds lighter than he was at the start of the contest,
celebrated with a series of handslaps and bearhugs that would have made
Magic Johnson proud.
In fact, an on-court comparison with the East Lansing superstar might
also be in order. But where Turner has the potential, like Johnson, to take
himself and Michigan far, he has to remember to stop leaving reminders of
himself around Big Ten arenas.

Berger
... ring specialist

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By JOE CHAPELLE
The Wolverine synchronized swim-.
ming team placed second Saturday at a
meet hosted by Richmond, garnering a
total of 100 points. Arch-rival Ohio State
took the top spot at the competition with
109 points.
Tracy Rehbin started things off for
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the Wolverine women by taking first
place in the junior figures with a score
of 37.73. Teammate Darra Boyer was
not far behind, however, scoring 37.43
points to earn a third place finish.
MARY BETH Crumrine managed to
take third in the solo competition with a
score of 50.6. In the duet, the
Wolverinesfared better, as Betsy Neira
and Cathy O'Brien teamed up to take
second place with a score of 53.8. The
tandem of Linda Pritz and Erin
O'Shaughnessy ,captured third in the
duet with a score of 54.2.
Michigan took another second place
in the trio event as O'Brien, Neira,
O'Shaughnessy teamed up to receive a
score of 54.2.
The Wolverine synchronized swim-
mers will go on to. compete in the
Arizona Invitational in Tucson on
February 20.

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Stuntzner s consistency
leads to tanker success

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By MIKE McGRAW
Consistency would have to be swim-
mer Denise Stuntzner's trademark.
"That's definitely her biggest asset-
consistency," says coach Stuart Isaac
of his top freestyler. "In practices as
well as the meets, she always gives a
strong effort. Denise hasn't had a bad
meet all season.''
Practices could well be the key to her
success. Stuntzner, a sophomore,
believes that workouts are just as im-
portant as the meets. Her hard training
last year resulted in Big Ten Cham-
pionships in two events. Twice in dual
meets this season her hard work has
paid off in key victories. Against Pit-
tsburgh in December, Stuntzner lost a
close race in the 200 frestyle to Amy
Jackson, one of Pitt's best swimmers,
only to come back just minutes later to
overtake Jackson in the last 50 yards to
win the 200 butterfly.
"THAT WAS a key race in the meet
and Diane really helped us out there,"
says coach Isaac. A similar circum-
stance occurred against Indiana, a

perennial Big Ten contender for the
conference title. "Denise lost in the 200
freestyle to 1976 Olympian Jennifer
Hooker by just two-tenths of a second,
and again just minutes later at a shor-
ter distance, Denise went out fast and
beat Hooker going away," said Isaac.
"Denise is a really,good racer."
Constantly putting out in practice
though, can be difficult. "With keeping
up in school along with swimming, it
can get so hard I just want to give it all
up sometimes," says Stuntzner. "But
that's when you have to count on your
teammates to bring you up and look to
your goals to keep going." Her current
goal is for the team- to win the Big Ten
championships slated for February 25-
27 in Milwaukee. Looking farther down
the road, Stuntzner's ultimate goal is to
make the Olympic trials. Last summer
she competed in the National Sports
Festival in Syracuse and turned in her
best time ever in the 200 butterfly,
taking fourth in the event.
The Coos Bay, Oregon native first
acquired an interest in Michigan during
the summer before her senior year in
high school. While at a training camp in
California, a coach recommended
Michigan's program and Isaac to her.
BUT NOW with her freshman year
behind her, Stuntzner must concentrate
on the Big Ten meet and the national
championships. She had already

qualified for the AIAW championships
in one event and hopes to add a few
more to help the undefeated Wolverines
to what could be their best finish in
several years.
"I'm really glad I came here," says
Stuntzner, who's planning a major in
psychology. "But right now more than
anything else I want to help the tea
the Big Ten championship."

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