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The Michigan Daily - Friday, March 6, 1992 - Page 11

No. 13
gymnasts
play host
to WMU
by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
You can't judge a vacation by its
weather - so to speak.
"The 10-0 Michigan women gym-
nastics team was ranked No. 20
when they left for the sunbelt to face
No. 5 Florida, No. 2 Georgia, and
West Virginia.
Although the Wolverines could
only manage a 1-2 record on the
road trip, they weathered the storm
in the national rankings, moving up
to the 13th spot.
For its first meet of the spring
session, Michigan shattered its
school record in losing to No. 5
Florida, 193.65-191.45. The Wol-
verine total eclipsed their previous
best score of 189.7.
After training with the Gators in
Gainesville for the week, Michigan
faced an even larger challenge to end
their fun in the sun with a meet in
Athens against No. 2 Georgia and
* West Virginia.
The Wolverines could not keep
pace with the Bulldogs, as Georgia
tallied an astounding 196.00 to
dwarf Michigan's 189.30 and the
Mountaineers' 185.60.
"We weren't going in there ex-
pecting to beat those teams,"
Wolverine junior Ali Winski said.
"Our goal was to score 190."
Helping the Wolverines achieve
beyond their goals against Florida
were rookie Beth Wymer and
sophomore Kelly Carfora. Once
again, Wymer captured the all-
around title in Gainesville scoring
39.15, and Carfora scored a career
high 38.55. Frosh Li Li Leung also
scored 9.5 on her first floor routine
since returning from injury.
As the nation's top 12 teams
*qualify for the national champi-
onships, the Wolverines are looking
to improve on their season's com-
posite score and No. 13 ranking
against Western Michigan Saturday
at Keen Arena at 2 p.m.
"We really need a couple of big
scores before Big 10's," Winski
said.

Netters, minus Kass,
hope to end 0-4 skid

by Adam Miller
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's tennis team
(0-1 Big Ten, 0-4 overall) opens its
Big Ten home season with a 2:30
p.m. match today against Illinois at
the Liberty Sports Complex. Mich-
igan takes its show on the road
Sunday for a clash with Northwes-
tern at Evanston.
"We've got our work cut out for
us, there's no doubt about that,"
Michigan coach Brian Eisner said.
Complicating matters for Mich-
igan is the loss of No. 1 singles
player David Kass to tendinitis of
the right lower arm. Michigan's line-
up will be shifted up one spot to
accommodate.
Illinois (0-0, 6-2) enters today's
match without having played a tight
contest. The Illini gave up no more
than two matches in each of their six
victories, but are coming off a 9-0
blowout at the hands of Notre Dame.
Illinois is led by Ryan Clark, a
junior from British Columbia, who's
5-1 at No. 1 singles, but Eisner said

it is a mistake to think the Illini are a
one-man show.
"Illinois has got a very competi-
tive teath," Eisner said. "From one to
six singles, there's not a great deal of
difference. Each one of their players
competes well."
And, please, no "Mildcat" jokes
here. Northwestern (0-0, 4-3) is a
perennial contender for the Big Ten
crown in men's tennis. The Wildcats
got off to a quick start, winning their
first three matches by a combined
score of 25-2, but have been in
somewhat of a skid of late, losing
three of their last four.
Nonetheless, Eisner said that
Northwestern, 2-2 this season at
Evanston's Sheridan Road Courts,
will provide "a very difficult match."
"We have a lot of respect for
Michigan," Wildcat coach Paul
Torricelli said. "They're very strong,
and sometimes with one player out
of the lineup, that makes the team
even more dangerous. And (No. 2)
Dan Brakus is one of the best
players in the region."

Runners aim to qualify

Michigan's Nicole Simpson displays her agility on the balance beam earlier this season. The women's squad will
compete at Western Michigan this weekend, while the men's team travels to Ohio State.
'M' tumblers head toOhio State

by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Sports Writer
In preparation for nationals, held
in two weeks, various members of
the Michigan women's track team
are competing around the midwest
this weekend.
Meets at Eastern Michigan and
Iowa State offer a "last chance" for
runners who are close to qualifying
for the national meet held in
Indianapolis.
While Michigan has yet to qual-
ify any runners for nationals, several
are in contention. Each event at na-
tionals offers an automatic cut, then
accepts several of the remaining top
times around the country.
Michigan's best hopes to qualify

for nationals will run in Ames, Iowa.
The Wolverine 3200 meter relay of
Kristine Westerby, Carrie Yates,
Bannister, and Jessica Kluge is tied
forlOth nationally.
Meanwhile, several Wolverines
hope to be selected based on perfor-
mances at Eastern Michigan.
"Many runners could race very
well and qualify," runner Megan
Nortz said. "Although they have to
drop some time, they still have a
chance at nationals."
Michigan hopefuls running at
Eastern are Amy Bannister in the
800-meter run, Courtney Babcock in
the mile, Amy Buchholz in the 5000,
and Chris Szabo.

by Mike Hill
Daily Sports Writer
On the heels of a record-setting
performance, the Michigan men's
gymnastics team travels to Colum-
bus to face arch rival Ohio State
tomorrow night.
Last Saturday in San Jose, Calif.,
the Wolverines placed first in a tri-
meet over San Jose St. and
California. Their 278.65 score broke
the previous school record of 278.4
established at Stanford a year ago.
Moreover, many individual perform-
ers enjoyed personal bests in each of
the six events.
"We accomplished a major sea-
son goal with the school record,"
coach Bob Darden said. "We're re-

ally building to a crescendo towards
the end of the season. It also im-
proves our average, putting us in a
good position for the regionals."
Only ten schools in each the east
and west region are selected for the
NCAA Regional Tournaments. This
selection is based on an average
score of each school's top three
scores, using at most one home
score.
"This is the time in the year when
the gymnastics season heats up
across the country," Darden said.
"Each team is making a focused ef-
fort to generate scores which will
gain them a regional qualifying
berth."

The record bolstered Michigan's
average almost three points, from
271.67 to 274.63. The jump could be
the difference between the Wol-
verines traveling to Iowa City to
compete in the April 11th East
Regional and sitting home wonder-
ing about what might have been.
Darden feels his squad is going to
need a similar showing in order to
knock off the Buckeyes. Ohio State
ranks as one of the country's best
teams with an average score in the
low 280s.
"Hopefully this weekend we'll
shadow the performance we had last
week," Darden said. "We're going to
need to to beat them."

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