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Michigan diver Ron Me
lots of experience fallin
places. He also-has had ex
sports falling out from un
Merriot, a world c
trampolinist, devoted eig
life to the sport of tram
sport, however, has in
dwindled into obscurityi
States. Seeing no future
poline, Merriot was force
THE ROCKFORD, Illin
been a diver since his fre
high school, but in his ju
school eliminated sports
cutting measure. It was i
summer, that Merri
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RAW Michigan diving coach Dick Kimball's
erriott has had diving camp.
ng from high "Kimball's camp was what did it for
xperience with me," said Merriott. "After that, I knew
der him. that I wanted to be a diver and come to
hampionship Michigan because Kimball was the
ht years of his coach I wanted to train under."
polining. This After his senior year in high school
recent years and a semester at Washtenaw College,
in the United Merriott enrolled at Michigan.
on the tram- "Coming to Michigan under coach
d to search for Kimball was a move that has really
paid off," said Merriott.
lois native had THUS FAR it has "paid off" in two
shman year in years as a Big Ten and NCAA finalist.
unior year the However, despite two undefeated
as a budget seasons in dual meets, Merriott has not
n the following won a Big Ten championship since his
ott attended freshman year.
"Nobody's perfect," admitted the
Wolverine diver. "In this past meet I
missed a couple of dives and hit the
board once-things just didn't work out
that day. But in diving anyone can win a
particular meet, so I'm not overly con-
cerned. I can still give a good shot at the
NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic
Should Merriott capture the NCAA
crown, it will be the second major
championship he's won. As a tram-
polinist, Merriott reached the pinnacle
of the sport in 1978 when he won the
world championship in Tulsa,
"FOR SEVERAL years the tram-
poline was a way of life for me and it
finally culminated in the world cham-
pionship," said Merriott. "My tram-
poline experience has really been a
major factor in my diving success.",
According to Kimball, jumping from
the trampoline to the diving board is not
necessarily a rare move.
"Many divers, including the top three
currently in the Big Ten as well as
myself, were trampolinists before they
started diving," explained Kimball.
"Trampoline used to be a major gym-
nastic sport and all divers use it pretty
extensively in training."
TRAMPOLINING AS a competitive
sport, though stronger than ever in
Europe, is almost dead in the U.S.
Diving, however, lives on and Merriott
has established himself as one of the
nation's finest. Last summer in the U.S.
championships, he finished second on
both the one-meter and three-meter
boards, both times trailing only former
Olympian Greg Lougannis.
Merriott claimed that his greatest
achievement thus far was when he was
elected captain of the swim team this
"When a person contributes as much
to the team as Ron has, its no surprise
they are elected captain," said Kim-
ball. "He's a very dedicated worker
and has a great interest in how the rest
of the team does."
MERRIOTT IS unsure whether he
will be back on the team next year as
his rigorous diving schedule has taken
its toll on his schoolwork. Ron is in the
school of education and would like to
get into coaching with possibly the pur-
pose of bringing trampolining back as a
major sport. He also said he has his
sights set on a new innovation.
"I'd like to see synchronized diving
made into a major competition," says
Merriott. "But right now not too many
pools have two divings boards next to
This -weekend, Merriott and his mid-
western diving counterparts will
assemble in Columbus for the NCAA
qualifying round. The top 15 finishersin
the one-meter and the top 13 in the
three-meter will qualify for the NCAA
swimming and diving championships
held March 25-27 in Milwaukee.
"On our team, Ron and Kent
Ferguson should definately qualify for
the NCAA's," said Kimball. "And
seniors Mark McMann and Jon Beach
certainly are capable of being there
also, with strong efforts this weekend."
Already qualified in the swim-
ming sector for Michigan are Bruce
Gemmell and Trip Gage in the 400-yard
medley relay. Gennell will compete in
the 400 individual medly; and the 800-
yard freestyle relay team of Kirsten
Vandersluis, Tom Dudley, and Fernan-
do Canales. Canales also made it in the
50- and 100-yard freestyle.
riott's last resort
Introductory and advanced,
courses, workshops and
seminars in the arts, earth
engineering, the humanities,
social sciences, sciences,
June 21 through August 14
All students in good standing
Last week at the Big Ten champion-
ships in Iowa City, Canales set the all-
time Big Ten record in the 100 freestyle
as the Michigan tankers, despite being
the smallest squad participating, took a
strong third in the meet. "I was
amazed by our performance," said
swimming coach Gus Stager. "Our
swimmers swam exceptionally well as
a team and I was particularly impresed
with the efforts of our seniors."
. aims for NCAAs
MCFARLAND, MCKAY ADVANCE:
are invited to attend.
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Decision clips Kiasson
AMES, Iowa -
Michigan heavyweight Eric Klasson suffered a first-round match upset at the
National Collegiate Athletic Association wrestling championships in the closest
match in the history of NCAA wrestling. Klasson lost to Mitch Shelton of Oklahoma
State on the basis of more riding time in regulation, which is the 16th determining
criterion for deciding a deadlocked match.
The two grapplers had struggled to a 3-3 tie at the end of regulation time and
were knotted once again, 1-1, after a period of overtime. In accordance with NCAA
rules, the judges then studied a series of criterion to determine the victor.
KLASSON AND SHELTON were even at fifteen different levels, but the 16th,
which showed that Shelton held the superior position for more overall time, tipped
the match to the Oklahoma State heavyweight. Never before had an NCAA match
been decided by the 16th level.
In other Michigan action, Joe McFarland won all three of his matches in the 118-
pound division and advanced to tomorrow's quarterfinal round. McFarland star-
ted the day by defeating Jim Pagano of the University of Virginia 13-11.
He went on to pin Colorado State's Don Haddock in 3:30 and Charlie Heard of Ten-
nessee in 4:39 in his final two matches.
In the 190-pound class, Michigan's Pat McKay advanced to second round action
with a 10-2 decision over Doug Morse of Oswego State.
... victim of tiebreaker
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