Page 6- The Michigan Daily -Sports Monday- January 15, 1990
Gymnasts finish 2nd to Gophers
Wolverines lose to top ranked Minnesota, but
top Kent State, WMU in first meet at Varsity
y Albert Lin
A new era began for Michigan gymnastics
Saturday night as the men's team opened the
season by christening Varsity Arena as their new
In a four team meet involving Minnesota,
Kent State, and Western Michigan, the
Wolverines finished second to Minnesota,
favorites for the National Championship.
Going into the meet, Michigan coach Bob
Darden hoped to give the Gophers "a nice push
and make them compete as hard as they can."
Although they finished second, the Blue never
seriously challenged Minnesota, finishing with
259.80 points to the Gophers' 274.50.
The dominance of last year's number three
team was evident. The Gophers had the high
score in all six events, and on three of them, they
had the top four scores. Although Michigan
actually had the most points after one event, the
Gophers pulled ahead after two and coasted to the
victory. Aside from the floor exercise, they
outscored the Wolverines on every other event.
The most exciting event was also the last of
the evening for both Minnesota and Michigan.
Minnesota performed on the horizontal bar in the
seventh rotation, and looked at home on the high
bar. With a great variety of one arm swings,
release moves, and solid landings, the Gophers
finished with a single event high of 47.45.
Michigan scored well, with a 44.00, but that
was not enough. The evening's frustrations can
be summed up by Ruben Ceballos' routine.
Falling once on a release, Ceballos stopped his
routine on two other occasions, and finished with
Afterwards, Coach Darden explained that the
Wolverines' final score was "a good score, but I
don't put much emphasis on 'good'. We wanted
to score higher. We have some rough spots to
work out, and in correcting those faults, we
should be able to increase our score
substantially." He said the team shoots for a
score in the upper 260's.
Darden praised individual members Ceballos,
Tony Angelotti and Jim Round. Scott Harris'
debut on the vault was also noted.
Individually, Minnesota's John Rothlisberger,
a member of the U.S. National team, came away
with all-around honors, scoring 55.50. Teammate
Leif Carlson was second. Michigan's Matt
Harrison finished fifth.
Next week the team travels to Chicago for the
Windy City Invitational. With the entire
conference expected to compete there, Darden
calls it a Big Ten preview. "It's going to be a
real, real tough competition," he said.
Michigan's Jim Round competes on the rings during Saturday's meet.
COLLOTON HAS REPEAT PERFORMANCE AGAINST NCAA RIVAL
Evans loses, but Cardinal still tops 'M'
by Jared Entin
Daily Staff Writer
All eyes of the swimming world
were on Canham Natatorium Sat-
urday afternoon as the fifth-ranked
Michigan Wolverines looked to
upset the top-ranked Stanford
The first race in the women's
swim meet seemed to typify the
entire night for the Michigan
women. In the 400 yard medley re-
lay, Stanford's A team swam away
from the other teams with both a
NCAA qualifying time and a pool
record. But the real race was between
the Stanford B team and the
Michigan A team for second. As the
third swimmers in the relay finished
up their laps, Stanford had the edge,
but it seemed Minoo Gupta's great
jump had given Michigan the edge..
At the end, however, Gupta was out-
touched by less than a fifth of a
second, and second place seemed to
Stanford's final score over
Michigan, 78-33, doesn't do the
Wolverine swimmers justice. Whet-
her it was fatigue or a lack of luck,
Michigan couldn't turn the corner
against top-ranked Stanford. Cardinal
head coach Richard Quick, ignoring
the final score, said "This was a
great meet. And it was an honor to
The 200 freestyle race exem-
plified Quick's comment. It featured
swimmer of the year Janet Evans and
Michigan stars Gwen DeMaat and
Kathy Diebler. Diebler, coin-
cidentally, was ranked second to only
Evans in high school competition
last year. Diebler held the tenable
lead over Evans and DeMaat
throughout the race. In a tight race
for second, DeMaat was able to give
the extra kick to eclipse Evans.
Diebler retained her lead and finished
Another incredible race was the
50-freestyle, where Wolverine Jen-
nifer Love was able to hold off
Stanford's Jamie Rugless and Sus-
annah Miller for a first place finish.
Stanford proved their great
strength by holding Michigan to just
two third place finishes in both heats
of the 200 Individual Medley.
In the exciting 100 freestyle,
Diebler was out-touched for first by
Cardinal Suzy Buckovich, again by
about a fifth of a second. However,
in the 500 freestyle, Evans came
back with vengeance, winning the
race and setting a pool record. The
race for second was close, but
Wolverine Stefanie Liebner couldn't
catch her Cardinal adversary.
A bright spot came from the
very potent Michigan diving team,
who took first through fourth in the
10-meter diving, with Amy Hansen
winning it all. Later in the day,
Hansen captured second in the 3-
meter diving while the rest of the
Wolverine squad kicked in to capture
four of the top six spots.
In a rematch of last year's
NCAA match, NCAA champion
Ann Colloton overcame Stanford's
Jill Johnson to win the 200
breaststroke. The race for third was
no less exciting with Stanford's
rookie star Lori Heisick edging out
Jennifer Eck by a tenth of a second.
Because of Michelle Swix's
strong swimming in her leg against
Evans, Michigan led the final race,
the 400 freestyle relay, at one point.
Michigan lost steam toward the end,
however, and Stanford's A team was
able to capture the victory in a very
close race by less than half a second.
Michigan coach Jim Richardson
reviewing the entire meet said, "It
just doesn't get any better than this!"
Senior co-captain Brent Lang celebrates after first place finishes in the
50 and 100-yard freestyle events against Stanford.
continued from page 1
Lang believes Saturday's win
over a team the caliber of Stanford
will help Michigan in the future.
"This meet will definitely provide a
spark for us heading into the NCAA
championships in March," Lang
Michigan's victory was aided by
the performance of-the Wolverine
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divers, who earned 14 points. Their
strong effort gave the swimmers
some much-needed breathing room
heading into the final events of the
evening. "We weren't about to relin-
quish a 22-point lead," Urbanchek
The Michigan men's swim team
now faces a difficult road swing in
California against highly ranked
squads from USC and UCLA. How-
ever, Wolverine team members and
coaches alike have reason to be op-
timistic about their prospects for the
"Meets with talented teams like
Stanford give us good practice and do
nothing but help us for the NCAA's
in Indianapolis," Urbanchek said.
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