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Page 8-Saturday, March 20, 1982-The Michigan Daily
Coach brings new look

On.April 3 at the Western Michigan
Invitational, it will be a "new look"
Michigan women's track and field team
that steps up to the starting line.
Although the Wolverine thinclads won't
be sporting new uniforms and most of
the names will be the same, this is the
first outdoor season they will not be
coached by Ken Simmons.
Francie Kraker Goodridge, who
replaced Simmons who retired at the
end of last season, will not be totally
fresh to the experience of coaching the
Wolverines, as she practiced for the
outdoor season by directing the cross
country and indoor track teams. She
becomes the second women's track
coach in the team's, five years on the
varsity level.
GOODRIDGE, a Michigan graduate,
has had a variety of coaching positions
since leaving the school in 1974. She has
previous college coaching experience
at the University of Wisconsin-
Milwaukee where she was coordinator
of women's athletics as well as track
and cross country coach. That job was
sandwiched between stints at Ann Ar-
bor Huron and Lansing East high

. "College is definitely a lot different
from coaching at the high school or
junior high levels," said Goodridge.
'Its a lot more work because you have
to look for athletes that you think can
improve to be able to compete at the
Big Ten level of competition. But it's a
challenge I enjoy."
Ironically, Goodridge replaces her
former coach Ken "Red" Simmons.
While under Simmons on his
Michigammes AAU women's track
team, Goodridge compiled one of the
most successful careers ever in
women's track. She competed in the
1968 and 1972 Olympics and held the
world record in the 600-yard run indoors
for three years.
"MY RECORDS have been beaten
several times now and I think that's an
indication as to how women's track is
progressing," said Goodridge. "The
big reason for our teams current im-
provement is because the girls have
been keeping up with and often sur-
pasing that surge." The Michigan trac-
ksters went from seventh in the Big Ten
in 1980 to fourth last year, and

Goodridge feels they can climb even
higher this year.
"We took fourth in the Big Ten indoor
meet, but two of our outstanding per-
formers, Debra Williams in the javelin
and Penny Neer in the discus, didn't
compete because those events aren't
held indoors," said Goodridge. "I'm
sure they'll place high in the outdoor
Other key members of the team in-
clude Melanie Weaver and Sue
Frederick, who specialize in long
distances, as well as Lisa Larsen in the
one- and two-mile runs. Other runners
include sprinter-hurdlers Dawn
Woodruff and Renee Turner, older sister
of basketball star Eric.
"Even though Wisconsin won the Big
Ten indoors, I think Michigan State is
the' team to beat outdoors," said
Goodridge. "Indiana should also be
tough." The outdoor season begins for
the Wolverine track and field team in
two weeks when they visit Kalamazoo
for the Western Michigan Invitational.
The lone event to be held in Ann Arbor
will be the Red Simmons Invite on
Saturday, April 24.


e AP Photo
Going wide A ht
University of New Hampshire right winger Dan Potter attempts to skate around Michigan State's Dave Taylor in their
NCAA quarterfinal game in Durham, N.H. last night.

to help

Ohio State's already high-priced football tickets may
become even higher in price this spring as a result of a
budget crunch in the state of Ohio. The Buckeye's athletic
department attempted to raise the ticket prices earlier this
week, but that request was turned down by the University's
Board of Governors.
"I don't know what steps we are going to take next," said
Bob Ries, Ohio State's Assistant Director of Athletics for
Tickets. The athletic department had tried to raise the ticket
prices from $14 to $16.
OHIO STATE, ALONG with other state supported colleges
and universities in the state, has been hit hard by the
economic recession in Ohio. "We are sound financially but
other programs in the university have been affected," said
The athletic department, however, is not immune to the
financial hard times facing the rest of the university. "We'll
have to cut back, because someone made a billion dollar
blooper in the state budget," said Ries, referring to the
deficit in the state budget which led to cuts in aid to the
state's universities.
The Buckeye's athletic department has also had to respond
to the school's financial crunch in a unique way. Ohio State is

one of the few schools in the country whose athletic program
actually contributes to the school's academic programs.
"WE'VE NEVER DONE anything like this before," said
Ries. "Of course, we're glad to help out in any way we can.
We have already funneled $180,000 to the school's other
The Ohio State athletic department, as a result of the
financial crunch, will have to double its fund raising efforts.
Although the athletic department is financially self-
supporting and in generally good health with its $11.5 million
budget, it will need more funds to help with the university's
general financial problems. 0
"We will probably increase the base amount needed to be a
member of the Buckeye Club (the school's athletic booster
club)," said Ries. "Our private donations are low compared
with schools like Stanford which raised $4 million last year
and North Carolina which raised about $3.5 million." Ohio
State's private funding was $1.25 million last year, according
to Ries.
Student ticket prices, however, should not be affected by
the financial problems at the university. "We don't like to
raise the prices for student tickets, because they are usually
faced with fee increases in other areas, and we don't want to
charge them more to see a football game," said Ries. Student
ticket prices at OSU are currently $5.50 per game.



Villanova upsets Memphis State
(ALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -John footer from the left corner to deadlock bounds. But Adams darted behind the Adams and Garris had 20 points
none's two free throws broke a it again at 64. Villanova's Aaron Wildcats' Ed Galvao as he drove to the apiece for Boston College, while Mur-
adlock with 26 seconds remaining in Howard and Memphis State's Garry bucket and snatched away the ball and phy added 11.
'rtime and Stewart Granger added Taylor swapped baskets moments later John Bagley put in two free throws a Randy Reed and Tyrone Adams each
) more to clinch it 16 seconds later as to set up the winning free throws in the few seconds later to make it 63-59: scored 16 for. Kansas State, the Big
lanova upset ninth-ranked Memphis final half-minute. KANSAS STATE never recovered. Eight runner-up, which finished the
te 70-66 in the NCAA East Regional Boston College 69, The Eagles, who are becoming this season at 23-8.
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basketbail semuinats last night.
Pinone, a burly 228-pounder, had for-
ced the extra period with a layup that
tiede it at 62-62 with 28 seconds left in
MEMPHIS STATE called tirneout
with 18 seconds left but never got a play
in motion and Otis Jackson had a 30-
footer at the buzzer rim out of the
The Wildcats, 24-7, never trailed in
the extra period, taking the lead after a
minute when Pinone scored on a 14-
footer just inside the free-throw line.
Phillip Haynes came back with a 20-

Kansas State 65
ST. LOUIS (AP)- Michael Adams
and John Garris combined for 40 points
last night and helped Boston College
erase a five-point halftime deficit to
beat Kansas State 69-65 in the
semifinals of the NCAA Midwest
Adams scored 11 points in the second
half and executed a daring steal in the
final minute that helped the upstart
Eagles preserve a two-point lead.
GARRIS, A 6-foot-8 junior who
averaged fewer than eight points
during the season, poured in 16 in the
first half to keep Kansas State from
assuming an overwhelming lead.
The Eagles took their first lead 48-47
on Jay Murphy's basket with 14:52
Then, with 1:45 left and Boston
College trying to protect a 61-59 lead,
Martin Clark fumbled the ball out of

year's NCAA Cinderella story, have
now turned aside San Francisco,
DePaul and Kansas State.

Boston Conege, ne i iwesc s eigcic
seeded team, will take a 22-9 record into
the Midwest finals tomorrow.

Synchros lose varsity status..
...participants had no say
Last Saturday was the last home varsity meet for Michigan's syn-
chronized swim team. Beginning next season, the team will function as a
"club" and will no longer be entitled to the benefits of varsity status.
The revocation of varsity standing is-not the most devastating disaster to
befall an athletic team. Nor is it the most destructive cutback to occur on a
college campus this year. Neither is it the most tragic disappointment to af-
fect a group of women recently. But it is the most frustrating for twenty
young women who swim at Michigan.
These students' lives have been forever altered by a decision they had no
say in. Some have focused their frustrations on Athletic Director Don
Canham. Freshman Erin O'Shaughnessy: "It's like he's in a glass booth or
"If I could just tlk to him," added Linda Pritz.
The students' dilemma is not the fault of Mr. Canham or the Board in Con-
trol of Intercollegiate Athletics, however. The team has been caught in the
middle of the complexities of "big time" intercollegiate athletics; athletics
that have forgotten its athletes.
The synchronized swimmers are trapped by the dispute between the
Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) and the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Although the matter remains en-
tangled in litigation, the AIAW is dissolving and some of the championships
it held for women will be adopted by the NCAA. The NCAA has more finan-
cial resources and access to more facilities than the AIAW ever had and will
allow women's sports more exposure. However, it will not hold a syn-
chronized swimming championship.
No championships, no team
Michigan has a rule, and with good reason, that no team may exist as a
varsity team without the NCAA or Big Ten sanctioning a championship in
that sport. All Michigan varsity sports except synchronized swimming have
an NCAA championship. "How can you have a sport with no governing
body? If the NCAA didn't have baseball, we'd drop it, too," said Canham.
Without an overseeing organization, supervision, rules, recruiting, and in-
surance would be in doubt. Some schools may attempt to rely on a "coaches'
Federation" for leadership. However, it would "not be collegiately oriented
nor organized for collegiate participants," said women's Athletic Director
Phyllis Ocker.
Although Michigan will be left with 11 men's and 10 women's sports, it will
not be in violation of Title IX. It is a misconception that Title IX requires an
equal number of men's and women's teams; it does not.
Perhaps what hurts the swimmers most about their plight is that this
year's team may be the best ever. "We have a very talented team, probably
the best we've ever had and they're improving," said Coach Joyce Lin-
deman. The team is always among the top three in the nation. Last week, it
finished just two points behind the country's number-one squad. If the team
was less successful, perhaps the blow of the cutback would have been sof-
A family atmos here
This team is special. Last wee 's meet began with the Ohio State team in a
huddle, singing some indistinguishable chorus that climaxed with a hearty
"Go Bucks!" The Michigan team does not do that; it does not need to. There
is a unity on this team that no cheercan improve upon. It is a family. One of
the swimmers on another team said a return to club status would not affect
her team as much as the Wolverines because it was not a family.
It is a credit to this University and evidence of this family atmosphere that
none of the team's freshmen will transfer next year. Michigan's academic
stature and the devotion between teammates are keeping these students
Even with the funds alloted to a varsity team, the Wolverines have had to
stay in people'shomes when they compete on the road. "I've always thought
it was a shame that the Michigan swimmers had to stay in people's homes
when they travelled to a meet," said Ohio State Coach Mary Jo Ruggieri.
While not a mark of prosperity, staying in private homes symbolizes the
spirit of amateur athletics. Many athletes that stay in hotels do not win as of-
ten as the synchro's and, more importantly, do not share the camaraderie
that they do.
The demotion to club status will make staying in private homes seem like
a luxury. There will be no additional scholarships, though all current ones
will be honored until graduation. There will be no varsity letters. There will
be no tutors allotted. All twenty-nine Michigan club sports face these dif-
ficulties, but only in synchronized swimming did students come here expec-
ting to compete at a varsity level.
The best chance the synchronized swimmers have of retaining varsity
status is if the NCAA will hold a championship. This appears unlikely as the
number of varsity synchro teams is decreasing. For the first time, the
Olympics, in 1984, will include synchronized swimming. Supporters of the
sport are hoping this will kindle interest in the sport and encourage
development of collegiate and high school programs. However, this will not
help today's Michigan swimmers.
Twenty Michigan athletes' lives have been changed by a decision that is no
one person's fault. It can only be blamed on the impersonality of modern
amateur sports. However, while funding will be withdrawn, these women
will remain a "team." They care about each other and their sport and no
administrative decision can change that.

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MEMPHIS STATE'S KEITH Lee (24) is being given the squeeze by
Villanova's Aaron Howard (left) and Dwayne McClain (33). Villanova won
the NCAA East Regional semifinal in overtime by a score of 70-66.'
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