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April 01, 1983 - Image 9

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Today's men's tennis match
against Wisconsin will be played
at the Liberty Racquet Club star-
ting at 2:00 p.m.


The baseball team travels to
Miami (0.) today. WAAM
(1600 AM) will broadcast the
games live beginning at 1:00 p.m.


Tle Michigan Daily
Kimballs: A

Friday, April 1, 1983


age 9

Wolverine diving tradition



When Dick Kimball decided to leave
Oklahoma, and a full scholarship to bring his
iving talents to Michigan, little did he know
at he would eventually bring a virtual diving
dynasty to Ann Arbor.

Dick is now in his 24th year as the Michigan
men's and women's head diving coach.
Daughter Vicki has just ended her collegiate
career with all-America honors earned at the
NCAAs. Son Bruce has just ended his freshman
year with all-America honors as well. Wife Gail
is in her fourth year as the girl's diving coach
at Ann Arbor's Pioneer High School.
IT ALL began in Rochester, Minn. with
Dick's father introducing him to swimming and
diving. From then on the strory goes like this:
" SIXTH GRADE - Dick is working out with
the Rochester High school team.
" SEVENTH GRADE - Varsity letter is ear-
ned by Dick, still in junior high.
" EIGHTH GRADE - Still in junior high,
Dick is third in the state meet.
" NINTH GRADE - Nationals: ninth on low
board, 11th on high board.
" Full scholarship to Oklahoma, where Dick
was also a cheerleader.
BUT THE temptation of diving under
Michigan's coach Bruce Harlon, 1948 Olympia
diving champion was too great for Dick, and
the story is now set in Ann Arbor.
"Coming to Michigan was the biggest change
to my whole life," said Dick.
Dick won both the NCAA low and high board
in 1957. But in 1959, Harlon was killed in a
diving accident and Dick took over coaching
duties that summer.
THE OLYMPICS were in sight for Dick, but

in the trials for the 1960 games he was just one
place short of making the U.S. team in the
trampoline (a skill gained from his diving
training) and the tower diving. At that point,
Dick decided a career at Michigan was the
thing for him.
Gail and Dick were married in May of 1960,
and Vicki was born the next year. Fittingly,
Dick had to rush home from the NCAA meet in
time for his daughter's birth.
1963 was a big year for the Kimball clan. Gail
graduated from Michigan with a degree in
journalism, Bruce was born and Dick-won the
World Professional Diving Championships. Not
surprisingly, Vicki and Bruce started their
diving careers at an early age. Vicki was
diving at age five, and while most kids were
playing with building blocks, Bruce thought,
nothing of jumping off a 10-meter diving tower.
VICKI WENT on to Pioneer and chose to
compete on the boys team for two years, as the
girls team was already well established, and
the boys needed help.
"I never regretted my decision," said Vicki.
"I ended up with 28 or 30 big brothers which
was great!"
The team is sure not to have regretted her
decision either because Vicki placed ninth in
the boys state meet.
BUT THE LAST two years of high school
were spent on the girls team. In her junior
year, Vicki was first in the state and set a new

record. That record didn't last long, however,
because the following year Vicki broke it again,
enroute to another state championship.
Meanwhile Bruce was making a name for him-
self. At age 13, he was 14th in the Olympic
trials. He also set a new record for winning the
most age-group diving championships - 14.
Furthermore, he was the youngest person ever
to win the Tower Nationals at the tender age of
16. At Pioneer, he was a two-time state cham-
During this time, Bruce and Vicki's mother
was also busy with diving. For seven years,
Gail single-handedly wrote, typed, stapled and
mailed a monthly diving newsletter that went
all around the country and the world, including
Russia, England and Australia. The reason: "I
got tired of hearing the coaches complain that
nobody knew what was going on," said Mr.
IN OCTOBER of 1981, tragedy struck the
Kimball family. Bruce was involved in a car
accident that left every bone in his face broken
and his spleen having to be removed.
Bruce's doctors doubted that he could ever
regain his strength enough to make the world
team, but by May 28, he was diving again. And
a short nine months after the accident, Bruce
made that world team.
With Bruce's strong comeback, and Vicki's
impressive third-place finish in last year's
World Tower team trials, both are looking
toward the 1983 Pan American Games and the

1984 Olympics under the direction of U.S.
coach, who is none other than dear-old Dad.
What is it like to coach your own kids? "They
were treated like everyone else," said Dick.
What is it like to have your father as a coach?
"He was more patient," said Vicki. "But I
knew what things I could get away with," she
added with a laugh.


Bruce Kimball
... overcame the odds

Vicki Kimball
... 'consistent competitor'

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This afternoon the "real" season
begins for the Michigan men's tennis
The Wolverines meet the Wisconsin
Badgers at 2 p.m. at the Liberty
Racquet Club in their first Big Ten
match of the year, followed by a Satur-
day match against the Golden Gophers*
of Minnesota.
In many ways the team has never
been better prepared to kick off a Big
Ten season. Although carrying a 5-10
team record, the Wolverines have been
seasoned by some stiff competition.
"This was the toughest (pre-Big Ten)
schedule we've had in my 14 years,"
said head coach Brian Eisner.
The Wolverines are coming off suc-
cessive defeats to three top 20 teams:
Wichita St., TCU, and Tennessee.
Eisner believes the tough competition
is beneficial for his team.

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"It forces us to play better, as long as
we don't get discouraged. Our guys are
match tough and look to have a suc-
cessful season," said Eisner.
Against the Badgers, Michigan is up
against one of the deepest teams in the
conference. Last April in Madison, the
Badgers handed the Netters their first
Big Ten defeat in four years, 5-4. And
this year Wisconsin returns the top six
players from that squad.
In last year's match, Michigan was
without Tom Haney, and for the second
year in a row, Haney will miss singles
play against Wisconsin due to arm
problems. Haney will play doubles,
Wisconsin is led by Steve Lovett, An-
dy Ringlien, Dan Arends, Tom Annear,
John Wayne and Benny Welch.
"This year Wisconsin has been up
and down, but they're coming to Ann
Arbor fresh off their Spring trip which
means they will be tournament tough,"

said Eisner.
In contrast to the solid depth of
Wisconsin, the Golden Gophers are thin
in talent after their top three players.
Minnesota coach Jerry Noyce did
some nifty international recruiting to
land Fredrik Pahlett and Stefan
Eriksson, freshmen from Vaxjo and
Enkoping, Sweden, respectively.
Pahlett and Eriksson rank among
Sweden's top 10 junior players and have
already established themselves as
part of collegiate tennis' elite.
"Minnesota lost a lot of seniors, but
these two Swedes are very, very effec-
tive. As a one-two combination they can
play with any team in the country,"
said Eisner.
Brace Helgeson, last year's number
one player,has dropped to third singles,
where he will be tough to beat.
1. Miami, Fla. (38-8) ...............498
2. Texas (32-7) ...................497
3. Houston (29-2) ...................494
4. Stanford (19-5-1) .................492
5. Nebraska (20-0) .................488
6. Wichita State (22-8)...........487
7. Tulane (22-4) ...................484
8. Oklahoma State (16-6) ...........481
9. Cal State-Fullerton (22-9-1) ......478
10. Fresno State (19-8) .............477
11. MICHIGAN (11-1) ............476
12. North Carolina (23-4) ......... 474
13. Washington State (13-4) ........471
14. Oral Roberts (23-7) .............469
15. San Diego State (22-7) ..........466
16. UCLA (15-7-1) ..................464
17. Hawaii (24-7) ...................461
18. Southern Cal (16-11).......... 459
19. South Carolina (15-5) ...........454
20. Pan American (34-7-1) ..........453
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Although the remaining positions are
shaky, Eisner is not taking Minnesota
lightly. "They are a well-coached, well-
disciplined team, and they will be
psyched up for Michigan," said Eisner.
Because of Haney's absence from
singles play, Eisner will again be for-
ced to juggle the Michigan line-up.
Mark Mees, Ross Laser and freshman
Jim Sharton could see aciton at any of
the top three spots.
Judging from last season, Wisconsin
(17-7, 8-2, third in the Big Ten) and
Minnesota (19-8, 8-1, second in the Big
Ten), will be Michigan's stiffest op-
ponents in conference play.
"Minnesota and Wisconsin are very
different teams, and will provide two
interesting match-ups," said Eisner.
"But it is all up to us. To be effective
and win all we have to do is play to our

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AP Photo
It's all over
Bjorn Borg packs up his racquet for the last time after he lost a match in the
second round of the Monte Carlo Open, yesterday. Borg lost the match to
teenager Henri Leconte, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6, while the competitive tennis world lost
Borg. With the loss, the holder of five Wimbledon titles officially retired
from tournament competition, saying he was relieved to get off the grinding
Grand Prix circuit after nearly a decade of high-level play.
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NEW YORK (AP) - The National
Basketball Association and its players'
union agreed on a tentative contract
yesterday, just two days before a
threatened strike that would have in-
terrupted the final two weeks of the
The four-year contract includes
provisions for maximum and minimum
team salary limits, a guaranteed 53
percent share of gross revenues for
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cially troubled teams. Both major
league baseball and the National Foot-
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A STRIKE BY the NBA Players
Association, which had been threatened
for Saturday, would have been the third
by a professional sports league in as
many years. In 1981, baseball players
struck for 50 days; last year, NFL
players struck for 57 days.

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