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Men's Tennis vs. Purude
Tomorrow, 1:00 p.m.
Liberty Racquet club

SPORTS

Men's Tennis vs. Illinois
Today, 2:30 p.m.
Liberty Racquet Club

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Friday, March 30, 1984

'M' DIVER SPRINGBOARDS TO OLYMPICS?
F erguson dives above competition ,

The Michigan Daily
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By MIKE REDSTONE
How many athletes can claim to be
number one?
Michigan diver Kent Ferguson can.
And he probably wouldn't get any
arguments about it either. You see,
Ferguson won the NCAA three-meter
diving competition at the NCAA meet
last week in Cleveland.
THE 6-0 BLOND-HAIRED junior
nailed his last three dives of the com-
petition to pull away from Ohio State's
Mark Bradshaw, who finished second in
the event.
"I was having a very good day
overall but we were pretty even," said
Ferguson of his early struggle with
Bradshaw. "The last three dives really
made the difference."
Ferguson had been diving well all
season, finishing second to Bradshaw

on both the one-and three-meter boards
at the Big Ten meet; but did not enter
the NCAAs thinking he would come
away with a victory.
"I NEVER REALLY thought about
winning the NCAA," said Ferguson,
who also finished third on the three-
meter board at the meet. "I try to take
one meet at a time.''.
Growing up in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
major trampoline-producing town,
Ferguson had a prime opportunity to
develop the jumping, flipping and
twisting skills necessary for diving. He
started bouncing on a trampoline when
he was nine and was diving by age 11.
Ferguson perfected aquatic acrobatics
quickly and was an All-American diver
after his first year of high school.
After winning the NCAAs as a
relative unknown, Ferguson became a

prime media target. "I was a little sur-
prised at all the sudden attention, but
all the publicity has been fun," he said.
BUT ACCORDING TO Michigan
diving coach Dick Kimball, Ferguson is
not the type of person to let the pubicity
get the best of him. "He's a really fine
kidand he'll continue to perform well,"
said Kimball, who coached Michigan's
Ron Meriott to an NCAA diving cham-
pionship in 1982. "He won't let the win
go to his head."
This year's top finish should build
Ferguson's confidence, though. After
taking seventh-place in last year's
NCAAs and finishing eighth in last
summer's U.S. Diving Championships,
Ferguson says he has gained the ex-
perience he needs to become one of the
top U.S. divers.
In addition to crediting experience,
Ferguson attributes his improvement
to hard work. "It takes a lot of time to
acquire the skills and to learn how to
deal with the pressure situations," said
Ferguson, who works out on trampoline
and on the boards for three hours a day.
"Because of the time I've been putting
in, I'm a lot more consistent with my
dives this year."

KIMBALL, WHO COACHED the 21-
year-old for six years at his diving
camp before recruiting him, agrees
with Ferguson's assessment of his
recent progress. "His improvement
just came from another year of
seasoning. He has a lot of talent and
things just fell together for him this
year."
Ferguson's major goals for the rest of
the year include making the finals (top
eight) at both the U.S. National Diving
Meet and in the Olympic trials in July.
Only the top two finishers go to the
Olympics, and with world champion
Greg Louganis almost assured of one of
those spots, Ferguson does not see him-
self making this year's team. Instead,
he hopes to make the national team for
the next three years and be a top con-
tender for the Olympic team in 1988.
Kimball has already warned
Ferguson that because he has won on-
ce, the pressure will be on for him to
win again.
But if Ferguson continues to handle
the pressure like he did last week in
Cleveland, you'd have to bet on him to be
one of the U.S. Olympic divers in '88.

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AP Photo
Michigan diver Kent Ferguson soars through the air against the Cleveland
State record board during one of his dives in last week's NCAA meet.
Ferguson hit three final dives to beat defending champion Mark Brad-
shaw of Ohio State by 18 points.

Softballers split pair

IRSAY IT AIN'T SO:

Special to the Daily
BAYLOR, Texas - It was the best of
both worlds for the Michigan softball
team yesterday as they combined shut-
out pitching with heavy hitting to un-
derhand Baylor a 9-0 defeat in the first
game of their doubleheader.
Baylor avenged the setback with a 1-0
victory in the nightcap.
WOLVERINE Linda Allen, (3-2)
allowed only three hits as she silenced
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the Baylor bats in the opener. Mean-
while Michigan's sticks were doing all
the talking as Mina Reyman led the at-
tack with a double and a home run to
lead off the fourth inning.
Outfielders Jody 2Humphries and
Carol Patrick each contributed two RBI
to Allen's cause. The Wolverines
banged out 10 hits altogether in the easy
victory.
Vicki Morrow (2-3) also threw a
three-hitter at the Bears but she didn't
get any offensive support as Michigan
fell 1-0 in the tight second game.
BAYLOR'S only run came after a line
drive by Anne Herzog snuck into the
outfield. Herzog worked her way to
third base and scored .on a passed ball
with two out.
The Wolverines lost their best scoring
chance on a strange play which
resulted from.Alicia Seegert hitting a
ball too hard. The catcher's hard liner
crashed into the fence and rebounded
far enough to make her an easy out at
second.
The 9-5 Wolverines now head into the
two-day Baylor Tournament. Nine
teams will begin competing today for
the tournament crown.

Colts buck Baltimore

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The
Baltimore Colts of the National
Football League will move to In-
dianapolis and play in the new
Hoosier Dome, Mayor William Hud-
nut said yesterday.
The mayor announced the move of
the team shortly after Colts Coach
Frank Kush and another team of-
ficial arrived in Indianapolis.
"IT'S GREAT coming to In-
dianapolis. It's something we're
doing with a lot of anticipation. It's a
new experience," said Kush.
Kush arrived here with Michael
Chernoff, the Colts' general counsel,
on a flight from Baltimore in the
private jet of team owner Robert Ir-
say. The owner was not aboard.
While most of Baltimore slept
Wednesday night, movers emptied
the club's training facility in subur-
ban Owings Mills and headed for the
team's new Indianapolis home. The
Baltimore Colts were no more.
FANS, government officials and
editors were infuriated, ,saddened
and frustrated by the departure of a
team that boasted Hall of Famers
Johnny Unitas, Art Donovan, Gino
Marchetti, Raymond Berry, Jim
Parker and Lenny Moore.
Irsay has been talking about
moving the Colts for about eight
years with several cities mentioned
as possible sites. In January, it was
reported a deal was made to bring
the team to Phoenix but Irsay later
denied the report.
Thus, the move was hardly unex-
pected. But the way it was accom-

plished by the unpredictable and
sometimes irrational owner merely
added insult to injury.
THE REACTION from Baltimore
Mayor William Donald Schaefer and
Maryland Gov. Harry Hughes, who
spent years trying to prevent the loss
of the Colts, was sharp.
Schaefer, who as late as Tuesday
offered Irsay a $15 million loan at 8
percent interest, $6 million cash to
buy the Owings Mills training center
and a guaranteed 43,000 ticket sale
for next season, said he was
dismayed "that a team so rich in
tradition had to sneak out in the
middle of the night."
Hughes said the midnight move
was symbolic of the kind of thing
"we've been dealing with all along,"
adding that he wondered whether Ir-
say had ever dealt in good faith as
the city tried to outbid both In-
dianapolis and Phoenix for the fran-
chise."
The City Council was reported
ready to meet in emergency session
to pass an eminent domain ordinan-
ce, allowing the city ko seize the
team for a sale price to be deter-
mined in court. Meanwhile, Hughes
and Schaefer agreed to explore the
possibility of getting another fran-
chise.
The NFL has said it will do nothing
to block a move by the Colts, noting
it is powerless because of a court or-
der to stop an owner from moving a
franchise. That ruling came when
the Oakland Raiders moved to Los
Angeles and has been upheld by the
U.S. Court of Appeals.

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