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The Michigan Daily Wednesday, March 2, 1983 Page 9

Bedrock's best bounces back

What's a Dino Manus? Don't be
fooled; he's not a prehistoric beast of
the Flintstone persuasion, though he
says he has been feeling old lately.
*Rather, Manus is one of Michigan's top
gymnasts seeing the end to a suc-
cessful, though often painful, gym-
nastics career.
Painful well describes Manus'
present condition. Suffering from a
shoulder injury off the high bar, Manus
had to forego participating in the UCLA
Invitational this past week. But gym-
nastics has not seen the last of the
senior yet.
"IT LOOKS LIKE I'll be going to
nationals though I might not bring my
left arm with me," said Manus.
,Manus is definitely national material
judging from this season's performan-
ce. Achieving a 9.75 on parallel bars
against the visiting Russian team in
December, Manus went on to average
9.25 in every event that meet. He also
won the Midwest Open on parallel bars
and ranked first in the region before his
shoulder gave out.
Manus is all too familiar to injury.
Before coming to Michigan, Manus
spent two years at the University of
Oregon. When the Ducks dropped their
program, Manus headed east. But not

before learning to take injuries in
"I WENT out to Oregon and got hurt
real bad...I separated my clavical from
my sternum (upper chest)," said the
If Manus' medical jargon is con-
fusing, ask him to explain. He is a pre-
med student deciding between Rush
medical school in Chicago or the
University of Illinois in order to pursue
a possible career in surgery.
Due to incomplete competition as a
freshman as a result of his injury,
Manus has the option of remaining with
the Wolverines one more year.
"I COULD choose to defer my accep-
tance to medical school," said Manus.
"But my poor, aching, decrepit body
would never take it."
When asked if his pre-med studies
and gymnastics conflicted, Manus gave
an emphatic "yes". But for the senior,
admittance into medical school has
been the priority.
"I do the best I can in gymnastics but
it's not the rest of your life," he said.
THE GYMNAST attributes much of
his success in and out of the gym to
coach Newt Loken. Loken understands
Manus' academic ambitions. allowing
occasional absences in practice to slip
by. So Manus has come to admire

Loken essentially for two reasons.
"He let me have both gymnastics and
medical school; and he's so cute - he
looks like Mr. Magoo," grinned Manus.
Of course, Manus takes gymnastics
very seriously, but his humor is not
reserved for only Loken. Early this
season, for a crowd at the Wolverine
Invitational, he threw a comedy routine
in his floor routine.
"EVERYONE ON the team laughed
and the crowd laughed. Coach wasn't
too pleased," said Manus who is
reputed to be the team clown.
It is a lucky thing Manus has a sense
of humor. It has had to see him through
many injuries. Having competed for
nine years, Manussighs that he is get-
ting old; he can list some impressive
"I've broken most of my fingers at
least once. I broke my foot, I separated
my shoulder," grimaced Manus. "I'll
almost be paralytically arthritic by age
With the Big Ten and NCAA cham-
pionships approaching, Manus looks
toward recovering from his present
arm injury quickly.
"If I can make it through this year
alive, I'll be in good shape," said
Manus. "Then, I could use 10 years to
heal up."

Daiy Photo by WENDY GOULD
Senior Dino Manus balances on parallel bars despite an injured left shoulder. He says he can put weight on the left arm,
but just can't swing on it.

Swimmers take second

Naomi Marubashi led the women's
swim team to a second place finish in
the Big Ten championships, this~ past
weekend at Wisconsin. Ohio State took
Marubashi set Big Ter records in the
200- and 100-yard freestyle. In additiqn
Marubashi won the 50-yard freestyle
and was a member of two relay teams
that qualified for the NCAA champion-
BECAUSE OF her showing,
Marubashi was named the outstanding
swimmer of the meet and co-swimmer
of the month. for the Big Ten.
.Also swimming well for the
Wolverines were Melinda Copp, who set
a: Big Ten record in the 200-yard
backstroke, and Kay Lundy, who
qualified for three events at the NCAA
Denise Stuntzner and Leslie
Beckstein qualified for the NCAA's as
members of the 200- and 400-yard
freestyle relay. Muffy Mackenzie
qualified as a member of the 200-yard
freestyle relay.
The Wolverines will also send their
400-yard medley relay team of Stuntz-
ner, Marubashi, Copp, and Nancy Rut-
sch and their 800-yard freestyle relay
team of Stuntzner, Marubashi,
Beckstein, and Jackie Westrate. Both
of these teams go to the NCAA's, March
17-19, based on a combination of their
individual times at the Big Ten Meet.
Softball team splits trip
:Coming off last season's lofty finish
and a rash of graduations, the squad
didn't know what to expect when it went

to California over spring break. But af-
ter 10 games in a five-day period, the
Michigan softball team knows a little
better how it stacks up against some of
the national powers.
The Wolverines were 5-5 on the trip,
winning the first five games and drop-
ping their last. Before leaving on the
trip, coach Bob DeCarolis said, "If we
come back around .500, I'm gonna feel
AND THAT his team did. "It was a very
worthwhile trip. What we set out to do
we did. We got a good look at the team,"
said the third-year coach.
The Wolverines began with 2-0 and 5-4
victories over Dominquez Hills on
Friday of last week. Jan Boyd threw the
shutout in the opener and Carol Patrick
triggered a five-run seventh in the
The following day Michigan defeated
15th ranked U.S. International, 1-0 and
4-3. Sandy Taylor spun the whitewash in
the opener and Patrick once again led a
late three-run rally in the second game.
On Sunday the Wolverines split a pair

with Chapman, taking the opener 5-3
but losing the second game 5-2. Cal
Poly-Pomona blanked the Wolverines
by 1-0 and 2-0 counts on Monday, then
Cal State-Fullerton did the same by 2-0
and 9-0 scores on Tuesday. -JIM DAVIS
Women gymnasts
up and down
The women's gymnastic team had
mixed fortunes last week, notching
its second best score of the season in
one meet and finishing last in
In coach Sheri Hyatt's words, the
Wolverines "blew Central and Nor-
thern Michigan away," scoring an
outstanding 171.55. "I felt it was our
best meet this season, though it was
our second highest score," said
The Wolverines were not so lucky
in the Shanico Invitational, however,
losing to the top three teams in the
nation. The tumblers, faltering on
bars, gained only 167 points against
Oregon State, Arizona State. and


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