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Page 6-D - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, September 8, 1983


Tracksters lose key

When it comes to men's track, it's ti
news, bad news cliche. The good news
squad only lost five runners to graduatic
news is that four of them were distance m
were among Michigan's best. Not to ment
that they were also the strength of the
Big Ten title team.
That may seem to be a slight overrea
graduation losses, but Brian Deim
Donakowski and Bill O'Reilly merely ac
44 of the Wolverine's 92 points in the c
outdoor championships.
TO MAKE MATTERS worse, Don Pa.
ished fifth in the 1500 meters for Michig
Wells threw his way to fourth place in t
Both have graduated. All, however, is not
The Wolverines were almost entirely
freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and
given time to mature so they could take1
the seniors that would graduate ahead of
means that next season Michigan should
in several events. Here are a few of the
may be hearing about next year.
" Scott Erikkson -Has won the discus1
of the last three years. He missed during
season because of an injury. In the last of
he set the Big Ten meet record for the di
" Johnny Nielson - Shot putter who
conference meet record last May (59'10%

distance men
proved all season. Looms as a national power.
he old good " Derek Harper - As a long jumper he will be dif-
is that the ficult to beat next year. He took third place at the Big
on. The bad Ten's and first at the Indiana Invitational. He is also
en and they a threat as a sprinter.
Lion the fact * Dave Lugin - Holds the Michigan outdoor record
Wolverines' in the high jump at 7'3 %" and placed third in the con-
ference meet. He also placed at most of the other
ction to the meets the Wolverines participated in.
er, Gerard " Doug Heikkinen - Placed sixth in the 3,000
counted for steeplechase at the Big Tens, and is expected to fill
onference's some of the shoes of the graduated seniors.
" Todd Steverson-The Ann Arbor middle-distances
ssenger fin- runner took first place in the 406 meters at the
an and Phil Michigan State Invitational and could become a
he shot put. world class runner with work.
lost. 9 George Yoanides - Also an Ann Arbor native, he
made up of has been a solid, dependable performer in the hurdles
I had to be and should bloom soon. He placed fourth in the 400-
the place of meter'hurdles at conference.
them. That Some other names to watch are Bill Brady and Jim
be stronger Schmidt in the distance events, Dave Hall (also a
names you football player and has played basketball) in the
decathlon, and Derick Stinson and Michael
title two out Sudarkasa in the hurdles and relays.
g his second What it comes down to is, despite the loss of the
utdoor meet distance runners, Michigan is by no means out of the
scus, a long race for the indoor and outdoor titles in 1984. It may
not be led by the distance crew but more likely than
also set the not, the Wolverines will manage. After all, they have
4") and im- won four straight Big Ten titles.


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... NCAA qualifier

Swimmers aim for Big



Men lose just one senior

returning - junior Kent Ferguson, and
sophomores Mike Gruber andBruce
Kimball (Dick's son). All three scored at
the Big Ten Championships and

Ferguson andsKimball were theonly
Wolverines to score at the NCAA meet.
Both earned All-America honors in the

An undefeated season leaves little
room for improvement, especially
when only one athlete on the team
Such is the case for the Michigan
men's swim team. The Wolverines, vic-
torious in all six of their regular season
dual meets, are looking toward the 1983
season with 20 returning swimmers.
But the Wolverines surely will feel the
loss of last year's senior captain, Bruce
Gemmell. A 1982 Big Ten Champion in
the 200-yard individual medley, Gem-
mell was a key factor in pushing
Michigan to a third-place finish in the
1983 championships.
"BRUCE'S loss will be hard to make
up," said head coach Jon Urbanchek.
"But with Gemmell out, and the new
recruits coming in, we should, at least,
be able to hold our position in the Big
The freshman recruits that Urban-
chek speaks so highly of will, he hopes,
add the depth Michigan needs to com-
pete in the Big Ten Championships.
Distance freestyler Jeff Gordon, of
Cincinnati is expected to team up with
returning sophomore Benoit Clement

to strengthen the 500- and 1650-yard
freestyle events. Gordon is a National
Freestyle sprints (50 and 100 yards)
could be a Wolverine forte. Seniors
Mark Noetzel and Kirstan Vandersluis
are a solid combination in the shorter
distances. Noetzel set a new pool record
of 44.66 in qualifying for the NCAA's in
the 100-yard freestyle.
As a freshman last year, Lance
Schroeder earned the honor of Big Ten
champion in the 200-yard butterfly with
a time of 1:47.86, just one second shy of
Mark Spitz's 11-year-old Big Ten
record. Schroeder was Michigan's only
individual champion. This winter,
Peter Holmquist of Mercersburg
Academy in Pennsylvania will try to
follow the wake of Schroeder in the 200
butterfly. He will also swim the 200-
yard backstroke.
Another newcomer is Paul Kent, who
transferred from California State-Long
Beach. "Paul will probably be in con-
tention for the number one spot in the
breakstroke," said Urbanchek.
Diving coach Dick Kimball didn't
need to worry about recruiting. He has
a team of three outstanding divers

Women chase Ohio State

Daily Photo by JEFF SCHRIER
Michigan's Melanie Weaver -(161), who graduated last year, tries to catch up
to her opponents in the NCAA Indoor Track Championships.
Goodridge rebuilding
from withi n program
It will take some darn good legs to rebuild the Michigan women's track
team for the 1983-84 season. The Wolverines, who won last year's Big Ten in-
door title and were runners-up outdoors, have lost many key performers.
Graduation will hit Michigan hard in all areas, but coach Francie
Goodridge hopes that she can fill many of the openings on this year's squad
from within the current program. She also hopes that her Wolverines will be
able to challenge Iowa and Wisconsin for the Big Ten championship.
"WE'VE GOT a good, solid group to start with," said Goodridge, "and
we'll have to build from there."
Spearheading the Wolverine attack will be middle distance runner Joyce
Wilson. Last year, the Michigan sophomore was the Big Ten champ outside
in the 400 meters and qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the
600-yard run. She was also a key part of the 1600-meter and two-mile relay
Michigan's middle distance hopes will rest with senior Martha Gray, who
came on last year to take seventh at the Big Ten outdoor meet in the 800.."t
THE WOLVERINES lost three good distance runners but have the
strongest crop of runners coming on in the longer races.
Last spring, Michigan lost Sue Frederick-Foster, Melanie Weaver and
Lisa Larsen, who together accounted for two firsts, two seconds and a third
in the Big Ten championships. Goodridge believes, however, that Sue
Schroeder, who was fifth in the Big Ten 1500 meters, Judy Yuhn, and Bonnie
McDonald, will help to make up some of the distance slack.
The Wolverines also lost a lot in the sprints, with Big Ten finishers Brenda
Kazinec and Lorrie Thornton leaving. Michigan, however, expects to get
some fine- performances during the year from Darlene Fortman, the,
Wolverines' sixth:place finisher in the Big Ten 100-meter event.
In addition Goodridge expects Kari Manns to hold her own in the hurdle
events and Dawn Rich and Angie Hafner to score some points in the high
As well as filling in with runners from her own ranks, Goodridge is well on
her way to bringing a strong class of recruits to Michigan by already signing
middle-distance specialists Jennifer Rioux of Livonia Ladywood and Missy
Thompson of Ludington. She is near signing two or three other "top distance
runners" as well.
Goodridge would also like to find a shot putter and discus thrower from
1983's crop of Michigan high school graduates.
"I'll tell you, I'm going to stay within the state," said Goodridge. "We're
not going to jump into anything just yet, we're going to wait."

The Michigan women's swim team
topped off a perfect dual meet season
(8-0) last year by finishing second at the
annual Big Ten meet.
The Wolverines' regular season in-
cluded wins over Big Ten foes Ohio
State, Wisconsin, Indiana, and
Michigan State. Michigan could not
hold off Ohio State at the Big Ten meet,
however, and had to settle for second
"THEY (the Buckeyes) had a little
more depth than we did," said coach
Stu Isaac after the meet. "We both
swam well but they had a little more
than us in the end."
Isaac is looking forward to another,
winning season from his women this
winter with the help of returning All-
American swimmers Melinda Copp
(200-yard backstroke) and Naomi

Marubashi (100-yard freestyle). Coach
Dick Kimball's diving team should also
improve with the return of All-Americans
Diane Dudeck and Leighann Grabovez.
Isaac has also recruited several new
swimmers who should be able to make
a contribution to the team this year.
These top freshman recruits include
backstrokers Jane Esselstyn and
Pam Randolph, and butterfliers Lisa
Runsford and Peggy Morioka. Kimball
has also recruited one of the nation's
top divers in Mary Fischbach.
With the aid of these new and retur-
ning swimmers and divers, Isaac and
Kimball are looking forward to another
perfect dual meet season. This year,
however, they hope to end the season
with a first-place finish at the Big Ten
"Ohio State is going to be tough again
this year," said Isaac, "but we should
also be improved."

Newt's gone,I


There has been a changing of the
guard in Michigan gymnastics. King
(head coach) Newt Loken has ab-
dicated after reigning 36 years, and six
of the nine regulars from last season
have departed.
There will be some continuity in
coaching despite Loken's retirement,
since assistant Bob Darden will be the
new head coach. "Coach Darden is
moving into the position very nicely,"
said Loken, "and I'm personally very
happy to see him get the position."
THE CAPTAIN of the guard, Merrick
Horn, apparently didn't hear the bell
tolling the change. He was redshirted
last season, after surgery on his colon,,

13ut gy'
and the captain-elect will return as a
fifth-year senior. He should consistently
score above 55 in all-around com-
petition, according to Loken.
The only other regulars returning
from last season's team are sophomore
all-arounders Rich Landman and Gavin
Meyerowitz. Both are expected to score
54 and up. "It is going to be a unique ex-
perience for me to grow in my coaching
position with the team," said Darden.
"I feel like the rookie coach with a
freshman team."
Last season, the Wolverines suffered
from injuries and a lack of depth.
Michigan was not even able to field a
full team for several weeks when
Meyerowitz and senior all-arounder
Dino Manus were injured. While all six
seniors on the team won awards in in-
dividual competition at the Big Ten
championships, Michigan only
managed a fifth-place finish.
DEPTH SHOULD not be a problem
next season. Joining Horn, Landman,
and Meyerowitz as all-around com-
petitors will be Steve Scheinman, a
senior who competed often last season,
and three new recruits - Brock Orwig,,

from Winnetka, Ill. who should be able
to top 54 consistently, and two team-
mates from Highland Park, Ill., Tom
Alexander and Mitch Rose.
As well as the all-arounders, there
are a number of returning men who
specialize in just a few events. Stu
Downing on pommel horse, Mike Mc-

Nelis in floor exercise and vaulting and
Greg Nelson are likely to compete next
season, although none of them com-
peted regularly last season.
"I am looking forward to next season
with the talent the team will have,"
said Darden.

unasts have

Michigan should do especially well in
home meets as Loken has promised to
show up to "cheer them on." Last time
he donned his old cheerleading
uniform, at last year's homecoming
football game, the Wolverines knocked,
off Minnesota to qualify for the Ros4


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-women's gymnastic coach
Sheri Hyatt
Facing a tougher schedule as the Big
Ten defending champions and slowed
by injury, the women's gymnastics
team had a rough 1982-83 season. The
squad finished fifth in the Big Ten
Championships and sent Kathy Beck-

with to the Regional Championships.
There she finished fifth on the beam
and tenth in the all-around competition.
That, however, was not enough to
qualify her for the National com-
Coach Sheri Hyatt attributed the
season's record of 8-9 to tougher com-
petition. Never before had the
Wolverines faced such tough opponents
as the 1982 national champions Utah,
and Oregon State. Then after the early
going, injury struck.

' hungry
All-arounder Andrea Scully had
been in top form, surpassing Beckwith
in a pre-season intersquad meet. But
emergency surgery took her out of th4
lineup early. After losing important
momentum, Scully did manage to come
back near the season's end to finish well
on vault and floor exercise.
ALONG SIDE Scully, Patty Ventura
was also onthe recovery trail. She had
been slowed from a car accident suf-
fered the year before. Ventura
strengthened her routines admirably to
regain all-around status.
Unfortunately, Beckwith could not
grab the same high scores she had at-
tained the year before to aid the
weakened team. Attempting more dif-
ficult tricks, such as a double twist on
the floor exercise, Beckwith added ex-
citement to the competitions. This,
however, sometimes led to falls and
lower scores.
"Kathy is the most consistent, thoug
not the most talented," said Hyatt.
"But next year will be super for her
because she will have the skills under
her belt."
BECKWITH and Maren Lindstrom
will be the only seniors this season and
both are eligible to become captain.
Michigan has said goodbye to the 1983
seniors, Angela Deaver and captain
Diane McLean. Hyatt, though sen-

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