Page 10-Wednesday, February 2, 1983-The Michigan Daily
CLUB HOPES TO REGAIN VARSITY S TA TUS
Synchros stay afloat at club level
By TIM MAKINEN
The synchronized swim club is trying
very hard to stay afloat and, due to a
tremendous effort put forth by the
swimmers, it appears to be succeeding.
The team's fortunes hit bottom last
winter when the Michigan Athletic
Department announced it would drop
synchronized swimming from varsity
sport status to club level.
THERE WERE several reasons for
the drop to club status. First, the
American Intercollegiate Association
for Women (AIAW) which governed
synchronized swimming folded. Secon-
dly, the NCAA does not recognize syn-
chronized swimming as a varsity sport
because the percentage of schools that
include it in their athletic programs is
too small. Michigan Athletic Depar-
tment-policy requires that a sport have
a governing body, so it dropped the
swimmers from the varsity program.
The news came with all the subtlety
of a cannonball off a high-dive.
"Just as we were starting to get
popular and established, this hap-
pened," said assistant coach Laura
LaCursia. "We felt we had made a lot of
steps forward, and this was like two
THE ATHLETIC department did
agree to a phase-out program, so the
team now receives enough money to
cover travelling expenses and tour-
nament entry fees. The swimmers
themselves, however, must pay the
salaries of LaCursia and head coach
Joyce Lindeman, as well as personal
To meet these costs, the club has put
on numerous fund-raising activities in-
cluding a swimathon and clinics. It also
has plans for more clinics and will
possibly earn funds by cleaning Crisler
Arena. Perhaps most importantly, the
club sent over 1000 letters to alumni and
people involved in synchronized swim-
ming to ask for donations and to make
them aware of Michigan's situation.
When it comes to competition, the
name of Michigan is very much alive,
as the swimmers proved last Saturday
at Ohio State where they placed second
out of seven schools. Swimmers Betsy
Neira and Kathleen O'Brien captured a
second place for Michigan in the duet
event, and the two, along with Erin
O'Shaughnessy, repeated the perfor-
mance in the trio competition.
The Wolverines will travel to Colum-
bus again this weekend, and will host
their own meet on February 12 at Bell
Pool. Arizona, one of the top teams in
the nation, will compete at the home
Six members of the cross-country ski
club raced at the Silver Creek
Challenge this past weekend in East
Tawas. Michigan's Mike Muha covered
the 18-kilometer course in 71:07, which
was good enough to earn him a second
place in the 19-25 age division, and
eleventh spot overall out of 200 skiers.
Linda Leeth also skid to second in the
19-25 age division for women. Her time
Both the men's and women's ski
teams performed excellently last Wed-
nesday at Alpine Valley. The men took
second place and the women grabbed
the top spot. Jim McCullough and Chris
McCoy went one-two in the men's race,
and the Blue's Amy Horner, Kristen
Lignell and Lindlie Ziegler earned all
three top spots in the women's race.
The response has been "very positive"
according to team captain Anne Holter.
The question remains, then, as to
what the sport's chances- are for rein-
statement at the varsity level. One
ironic, but positive development oc-
curred last year when the Olympic
committee decided to include syn-
chronized swimming as an Olympic
event in 1984. In addition, the AIAW is
suing the NCAA for trying to make a
monopoly of women's athletics. The
outcome of the case is still pending, but
if the AIAW wins, synchronized
swimming could resurface as a varsity
sport at Michigan.
IN THE MEANTIME though, the
club will try to make some waves and
remain visible in intercollegiate com-
petition. "We want to keep Michigan's
name alive in synchronized swim-
ming," explained Holter.
coming around . .
Daily Photo by JON SNOW
Synchronized swimmers Cathy Reed (right) and Erin O'Shaughnessy pract-
ice their routine yesterday at Bell Pool.
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By JOHN KERR
Eric Turner's nose injury, sustained
when he collided with Illinois' Derek
Harper late in the first half of last
Saturday's Wolverine-Illini contest, is
more serious than was originally in-
Michigan coach Bill Frieder said
yesterday that Turner's nose was frac-
tured, not just bruised, in the collision.
The injury, however, is not serious
438 W. Huron
enough to keep the sophomore guard
"IT'S FRACTURED, but it's not
displaced," said Frieder.
Turner will play in Saturday's game
against Michigan State without any
protection on his nose. "He might wear
a face guard in practice," Frieder said,
"but not in the game."
Frieder said he didn't think the injury
would affect Turner's performance.
"He might have a little breathing
problem," he said, "but it shouldn't in-
Bills, Falcons name coaches
The Atlanta Falcons and the Buffalo
Bills each have filled their head
coaching positions. The Bills have
named Kay Stephenson, who was their
quarterback coach this past season, to
replace Chuck Knox.
Dan Henning, the assistant head
coach and offensive coordinator for the
Super Bowl champion Washington Red-
skins, was nabbed by the Falcons to be
their sixth head coach.
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By LARRY MISHKIN
A sportswriter's thoughts midway through the basketball season:
, f e EY, BILL FRIEDER was right when he said the "Fab Five"
(freshmen) wouldn't lead Michigan to a Big Ten crown their first year.
Too bad nobody (especially us sportswriters) listened to him and still made
plane reservations to Albuquerque.
-However, Richard Rellford, Robert Henderson, Paul Jokisch, Roy Tar-
pley and Butch Wade will soon be on their second time around with the con-
ference teams and get to face Indiana and Iowa at home this time. Add the
experience they've gained in the first half of the season and then change
those plane reservations to New York for the NIT, still a possibility.
eOn the other hand, with Leslie Rockymore out for the season, Eric Turner
suffering from a broken nose, and the impressive play of the other Big Ten
teams, plane money might be better spent on cheeseand a good bottle of
wine for a spring picnic in the Arb.
-How to show Antoine Joubert you really want him: Begin the season with
only three guards, have one of them get hurt, leaving only two, have one of
those two tend to get into foul trouble two-thirds of the way through every
game, leaving only one and have the last one play every minute of every
game until he drops from exhaustion forcing a walk-on into the game.
-There's always begging:
-Ya gotta love E.T. You give him a pre-season build-up (comparable to
one for his namesake the movie star) and he starts off the Big Ten season
playing like the little creature. But, just when your ready to turn in your
press pass he's finally starting to come around and play like he's from out of
this world, scoring 57 points in the his last two outings, and is now third in the
conference averaging 20 points a game.
-Speaking of improved players, Tim McCormick gets my vote for
Comeback Player of the Year. Finally beginning to regain his pre-knee
operation form, Big Mac is averaging 13.6 points and 5.5'rebounds a game.
He is also shooting an impressive .838 from the free throw line.
-Forget about Jokisch or Rellford in shoulder pads catching passes. How
about Anthony Carter in shorts taking 15 footers? The Wolverine gridiron
All-American had some pretty impressive hoop statistics back in his high
school days and has also looked sharp in some games at the IM Building.
Slap a number one on the back of a basketball uniform and A.C. could come
off the bench to spell one of the guards before he is drafted by the NFL in
-I know it's an old issue already, but just a few more thoughts about
Michigan basketball fans. Don't you hate fans who bring books to the
games? How about fans who get violent because you won't sit down, despite
the fact it's during the last 30 seconds of a triple-overtime game? How about
fans who have to be prompted to applaud and cheer so a regional TV audien-
ce will think it's an exciting game?
*As longas I'm talking about fans, only at a Michigan basketball game
would a fan be thrown out of a game for too much cheering. Referee Phil .
Robinson really showed a lack of professionalism at Saturday's game again
st Illinois when he asked that a fan be removed. The student's crime? In-
sulting the ref! If Robinson can't stand a little verbal abuse he's in the
wrong business. An official should never become personally involved with the
-To Don Canham: Call off the dogs on the fans at the south end of Crisler.
First you give them poor seats and then you threaten to kick them out for
cheering too much. Don, they're the best fans you have.
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