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Page 12-The Michigan Daily- Friday, March 13,1992


Women gymnasts face
Minnesota, Missouri

Keen hosts national
gymnastics powers
by Mike Hill
Daily Sports Writer that kind of score to not only elimi-

by Mike Rancilio
Daily Sports Writer
The much anticipated wait for
May May Leung is over.
The heralded rookie gymnast will
compete as a Wolverine for the first
time this weekend as the women's
gymnastics team heads to Minnesota
and Missouri for meets Friday and
Sunday, respectively.
Leung, who has been sidelined
for the entire season, was deemed
healthy enough to perform late
Wednesday night. This unexpected
news was a tremendous blessing for
Michigan coach Bev Fry, as she
assembled her roster of walking
"It's a defenite surprise," Fry
said. "We are looking forward to her
performance on the floor. She will
step into her sister's shoes."
Her sister, Li Li, has also been
hobbled by injuries the entire season.
When it looked as if she finally was
healthy, she suffered an achillies
tendon injury in warmups prior to
competition against Western
Michigan last weekend. Leung is the
latest addition on a long list of
athletes sidelined due to injury,
including returning Big Ten
Freshman of the year, Wendy
These types of misfortunes have
become second nature to the team
this season. Although they hinder the
Wolverines' performances, Mich-
igan has still tallied team-record
performances and is in contention

for an NCAA tournament bid. The
team's depth has prevailed.
"The line-ups will be the same
for both meets," Fry said. "I'd like to
have the luxury of playing everyone,
but I'm very confident with what we
The team is not so confident
about scoring well at Minnesota. The
Gophers are the defending Big Ten
champs, but Michigan fears the
judges as much as its competitors.
Visiting squads are notorious for
leaving Minnesota with low scores.
"Teams have a tendency to not
score well in Minnesota," rookie
Beth Wymer said, "only they score
Coach Fry echoed her gymnast's
concern, "I've heard they've had
tight scores there before."
One person looking forward to
Minneapolis is Minnesota native,
senior Laura Lundbeck. She is
coming home to compete on the
vault and balance beam in front of
family and friends.
The Wolverines defeated
Missouri at home earlier this season,
but the prospect of performing on
the road makes the rematch more of
a challenge.
Michigan has not been able to
break the 190 barrier since scoring
191.45 against Florida over spring
break. The Wolverines hope to end
that drought this weekend, and
increase their statistical clout for

The vastly improved Michigan
men's gymnastics team will be in for
a dogfight when it hosts the
Michigan Invitational at 7 p.m. to-
morrow at Cliff Keen Arena.
The six-team field includes four
schools - Penn State, Syracuse,
Michigan and Kent State - all
ranked between seventh and 17th in
the nation. Western Michigan and
Gym-Quest of Toronto round out the
"It's going to be a heck of a
meet," coach Bob Darden said.
"Penn State's ranked the highest, but
everyone's strong. Syracuse is scor-
ing in the 275 range and Kent is in
the low 270s. Toronto has a good
team, too. They're only a club, but
they have a couple of national-team
members performing for them. So
it's going to be really competitive."
Darden feels this meet is key in
order to boost Michigan's rankings
going into the Big Ten
Championships. The Wolverines
currently boast a 274.67 average
compossite score.
"This is critical to our NCAA
ranking," Darden said. "We've got

nate. our 273 score, but to get ouO
confidence to the next level for thq.
Big Tens."l,
The meet is headlined by mani
of the country's top gymnasts. ThV,
Nittany Lions are led by two-tif*
NCAA champion and ring specialgf-
Adam Carton. Gym-Quest features.
Mike Inglis, a finalist at the World,
Gymnastics Championship lat
Michigan will again look to their
senior/frosh tandem of Jim Round
and Brian Winkler to set the pace.
."Those guys have really been 4[Y
ing the job for us," Darden saiEC
"Jim has really come on strong sinei.
returning from his injury, anid
Winkler's been doing it all year r
us. We're going to need big perf&"
mances from both of them."
Darden feels a strong start cou-
be the key to victory and is happy
with Michigan's first two events. #
Beginning with the floor exercise,
followed by the pommel horse
should bode well for the Wolverines::
because they are ranked No. 2 in the;:
nation on the floor and No. 9 on the:i

Michigan junior Debbie Geiger and the rest of the Wolverines will compete
this weekend against Minnesota and Missouri.

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Women 's relay to
by Rich Mitvalsky
Daily Sports Writer
Michigan's 3200-meter relay team will be the
Wolverines lone entry at the NCAA track and field
championships this weekend in Indianapolis. The relay
team competes in the preliminary heats today against
nine other teams.
Heading into competition last week, the Wolverine
quartet of Carrie Yates, Kristine Westerby, Jessica
Kluge and Amy Bannister shared the 10th ranking na-
tionwide. They emerged from competition in Ames,
Iowa with the fourth-best time in the country, securing a
spot in this weekend's national meet.
Seeded only behind Villanova, Wisconsin and
Texas, the Wolverines are a mere three seconds off the
top seed, with an 8 minute 42 second time.
"On Friday, we aren't really looking to drop much
time but just make it to finals," Westerby said. "All we
have to do is run like we have before and we'll be fine."
While only ten relay teams qualified for nationals,
the eight fastest relays out of today's preliminary heats

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challenge for title:,
will qualify for tomorrow's finals. And the Wolverines,
are expected to make the field of eight. Additionally,
the Wolverines will run against the fastest teams in the
country, something they did not do last week.
"We are more focused now than ever," Westerby
said. "Everything we do now is just above and be-
yond, but running against the top teams in the country
now, we should definitely drop some time."
The Wolverine relay has in fact run a time::
equivalent to the top seed of 8:39. In Ames, the
Wolverines won with exactly that time, but ran on an
oversized track. Typically, indoor events are run on a
200-meter track, but in Ames the track measured 300-
meters. The longer distance eased the sharp turns and::
allowed the runners to lengthen their strides. This
weekend, races will be run on a 200-meter track.
Bannister, the only other Wolverine to surpass na-
tional qualifying standards in other events, scratched ,
from the field in the 800-meter race. Because both races
are run within 90 minutes of each other, she will con- 4
serve her energy for the relay effort.

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Women's tei
Ohio State, I
by Sharon Lundy
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis
team's Big Ten season will be in
full swing this weekend when the
Wolverines (0-2 Big Ten, 2-5 over-
all) host Ohio State Saturday and
Indiana Sunday.
Last year, Michgan beat Ohio
State fairly easily, but this year the
outlook is more cautious. OSU re-
cently lost a match to Miami
(Ohio), 5-4 - a team that defeated
the Wolverines 6-3.
"They could be tough," co-cap-
tain Freddy Adam said. "But they'll
be a good team to beat."
The Buckeyes rely on senior
Kelly Story, who plays No. 1 sin-
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ndiana 2
"Kalei (Beamon) was telling me,!
'They're good, but they can break
you just have to keep at them,'"
Michigan frosh Jaimie Fielding said."
Indiana, currently ranked at thel
top of the conference, has been Big;
Ten champion for eight of the past;
ten years. At No. 1 and 2 singles for'
the Hoosiers are Deborah Edelmni
and Stephanie Reece, ranked 10th and,
27th in the country, respectively
No. 3 singles player Jody Yin is
ranked 52nd.
"Indiana is the strongest team in,
the Big Ten," coach Elizabeth Rit
said. "I really don't think anyone
can catch them."
In doubles, Indiana is equally as
impressive. Edelman and Reece are
ranked as the fourth best doubles
team in the country.
Continued from page 7
To succeed in stealing the sea,
son's last dance, the Fighting Illini
must use some of the Wolverines'
own cologne: youth. Illinois' starting
lineup reminds one of a junior colb
lege team. Coach Lou Henson starts
four sophomores and one rookie.
Illinois (7-10, 13-14) has risen to
great heights in whipping Michigan
State last week, 80-71. Yet, it fell
hard to Ohio State Wednesday night:
"The problem we had was to get
the guys to play with confidence,",
Henson said. "If we got.into:a tough~
game, they didn't believe they could
win the game."
The Illini faced that difficulty
against the Wolverines in January
Michigan beat the hosts ,in
Champaign, 68-61. But Illinois ha
recovered nicely from its early se
son doldrums, winning five of Ai
last seven games.
Garnering this tourney
seemed out of reach just two wes
ago, but in that time Illinois
pounded Iowa, Northwesterna
Michigan State and lost a close
70 game at Indiana.
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