Page 14-The Michigan Daily - Friday, February 14, 1992
by ndy Stabile
Dafy Sports Writer
he going could get tough for
thyVolverines this weekend.
%efore last week's victory over
Illiois, Diane Armento, co-captain
of e Michigan women's gymnas-
ticir team, spoke of the psychologi-
ca1apse the Wolverines might suf-
fedigainst the Illini.
Hopefully, you don't need a bad
performance to have a good," she
Against Illinois, the Wolverines
haO their worst performance of the
season. They still won.
Tonight at Keen Arena, 23rd-
ranked Michigan (3-0 Big Ten, 5-0
overall) hosts perennial Division II-
power Indiana University in Penn-
sylvania, 33rd-ranked Northern
Illinois and 26th-ranked Louisiana
State. To maintain their perfect
record, the Wolverines will need a
"good performance" to follow last
Sunday-at 2 p.m., LSU and 10th-
ranked Missouri invade Keen for
what should prove to be an even
more competitive matchup than
-'he Wolverines will pull no
surprises this weekend, looking to
rookie standout Beth Wymer to lead
the. way. Wymer currently has the
hiest scores in the Big Ten on the
unev'en bars (9.9) and in the all-
aroind (39.0). She also shares the
conference's high score on the bal-
are beam (9.8) and floor exercise
Both Missouri and Northern
Illinois are in Michigan's NCAA
region. The three teams have added
incentive because they are among a
hilful that will fight for one of
thlix spots at the season-ending
Blue tankers make big splash
by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Sports Writer
INDIANAPOLIS - And to
think that the Michigan women's
swim team competed in its weakest
events yesterday. In a stellar display
of athletic dominance, the Wolver-
ines raced to a commanding 245-167
lead over second place Minnesota in
the Big Ten Championships.
The slaughter started in the pre-
liminary session, as the Wolverines
qualified a staggering number of
swimmers for the evening's final
session. Opening the morning quali-
fications, Michigan advanced an un-
precedented five swimmers into the
finals in the 500-yard freestyle. Se-
nior freestyler Katherine Creighton
headed the charge, swimming to a
Also in the prelims, junior
Mindy Gehrs and rookie Alecia
Humphrey qualified in the first and
second slots in the 200-yard indi-
vidual medley, with Gehrs estab-
lishing a new Big Ten-meet record
of 2:02.18. Senior co-captain Jen
Love followed up in the 50-yard
freestyle, claiming the third posi-
tion for the evening's races.
However, it was in the finals Karen Barnesf
last night where the Wolverines re- eighth.
ally lit the pool on fire, beginning
with one-meter diving. Michigan's In the cons
Lisa Cribari and Margie Stoll fin- 500 freestyl
ished fourth and fifth, respectively, McCracken bla
in that event. While Michigan's div- touching in 4:5
ing scored a plethora of points
which boosted the team into first Gehrs, who;
place immediately, Stoll said she morning, imprc
believes the best diving is yet to night. Leading
come. the junior re-se
"We just went out there to have and also claim
fun," the junior said. "But our best overall mark, ir
diving is one of the higher boards. "The recor
(Diving coach Dick) Kimball really mind previoust
trains us for the platform, which is certainly werer
where we are much better." said. "As then
Opening the swimming races, the entire team w
Wolverines' 200-yard freestyle re- because our b
lay team of Love, Gehrs, senior come."
Michelle Swix, and junior Kirsten c
Silvester finished fourth in 1:34.36. In the sam
In the 500 freestyle, Silvester touched in th
paced the field, involving five other 2:03.25, whiler
Wolverines, grabbing the win in a grabbed first p
time of 4:48.87 by narrowly out- tion heat, finish
touching Creighton for the victory. then dropped h
Sophomore Nicole Williamson but rose in pl
finished just behind in fourth, while place with a tim
finished seventh and
solation heat of the
e, junior Missy ,
azed to a tie for first,
swam so! well in the
rved upon her time at-
from start to finish,
et the 200 IM record,
med the conference
ds had been on my
to the meet, but they
meet progresses, our
ill become stronger,
est races are yet to
ne race, Humphrey,
ird, with a time of<
rookie Lara Hooiveld
place in the consola-.
hing in 2:06.09. Love:.
er time in the 50 free
acing, claiming fifth
e of :23.62.
The Michigan women's swim team is on track for its sixth consecutive
Big Ten title, leading the pack after the first day of competition.
Mended tumblers to
by Todd Schoenhaus
Daily Sports Writer
When the Michigantmen's gym-
nastics team participates in a tri-
meet this Sunday, it will not be the
same team everyone is used to see-
ing. Instead, a healthy and improved
Wolverine squad will be competing.
In their last meet, the Wolver-
ines made a fairly impressive show-
ing, compiling 273.45 overall points
in a losing effort against Michigan
State. The night before, Michigan
tallied its first win of the season by
defeating Iowa State at home.
Sunday, the 13th-ranked Wolver-
ines carry this momentum into
Philadelphia where they will com-
pete against No. 14 Temple and No.
21 UMass. Michigan coach Bob
Darden said he has no doubts his
team will be prepared despite a two-
"We have had solid practices, fo-
cusing on overall consistency,"
Darden said. "It has been going re-
ally well. We are definitely ready
Fortunately for Michigan, senior
Jim Round will be back in the
lineup in a couple of events. Round
missed the last four meets with a
broken bone in his hand. In addition,
senior Ruben Ceballos has recovered
from an injured knee.
The two-week respite has al-
lowed many of the athletes to heal
their twists and bruises. Only
sophomore Royce Toni will miss
competition. Michigan will most
likely be without his services for
the rest of the season due to back
The Wolverines are hoping to
reach a score of 277 and further im-
prove before the Big Ten Champi-
onships in late March.
"We are down to crunch time
now where everything counts,"
largest meet of season
by Bernadette Ramsey
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's track
team pays tribute tomorrow to the
man who started the program as thel
squad hosts its largest meet of the
Red Simmons started the pro-
gram as a club sport in 1977.
Through his perserverance, the club
was instituted as a varsity team the
following year. Simmons retired af-
ter 18 years as coach of the men's
and women's teams, but his legacy
Coach James Henry says his team
is geared up for the Red Simmons
Invitational and looking forward to
"This is our biggest meet of the
seaon with 12-15 teams expected to
compete," Henry said. "We've in-
vited several junior high and high
school teams to come as spectators
and I think it is important for them
that we entertain as well as be com-
Some of the teams that the Wol-
verines hope to show their competi-
tiveness against are Eastern Mich-
igan, Michigan State, Toledo, Cleve-
land State, and Western Ontario.
After concentrating on relays
last week, Henry intends to focus
more on individual events this week.
The coach said he feels there are still
some athletes who haven't really
shown what they can do and
suspects this may be the week they
begin to strut their stuff.
"Weistill haven't proven our-
selves in the sprints, but Richelle
Webb feels she can match up with
State's and Eastern's sprinters,"
Henry said. "I really wouldn't be
surprised if some NCAA qualifiers..
come out of this meet."
One possible qualifier is senior
Amy Banister. Henry said that Ban-
ister is right at the point of a major
breakthrough in her career and he is
anxious to see her run tomorrow.
Another interesting runner to
watch, according to Henry, will be
frosh Jennifer Ridgley. Ridgley
will have her work cut out for her
in the 400 meters, running against
Eastern's Tamika McCord, who has
the fastest U.S. time in the 400 so
far this season.
Henry believes for many of the,
young girls in attendance this may
be their only chance to see competi-
tion at the college level.
"These girls need to see that they
can have a future in the- sport,"
Henry said. "They need to know,
there are scholarships out there, and
have a chance to view college facili-l
ties. Hopefully this will keep thema
encouraged and in the sport.
Rich Dopp and the M gymnasts
travel to Philly this Sunday.
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