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Page 18-The Michigan Daily- Wednesday, April 22, 1992
Post-season continues for 'M' tumblers

Men's five impressive at regionals;
look for more of the same in Lincoln

Wymer, Carfora finish fairy tale
season on high note in St. Paul

by Mike Hill
Daily Sports Writer
Though the Michigan men's
gymnastics team failed to qualify for
the NCAA Championships as a
whole, it will not go unrepresented
this weekend in Lincoln, Neb.
Michigan coach Bob Darden
caught a flight this morning with
pupils Jorge Camacho, Brian
Winkler, Jim Round, Mike Mott and
Glenn Hill. All five qualified for
"the big dance" at the NCAA East
Regional two weeks ago in Iowa
City.
The most interesting event of the
championships may be the floor ex-
ercise, where a state of Michigan
dual looms. Winkler is the nation's
best on the floor, but was edged by
Camacho at the Regionals. The two
will battle with Michigan State's
Paul Dackerman, who is ranked No.
2 in the nation.
"It's going to be a tumbling dual
on the floor," Darden said. "Any of
the three could win it. Brian's been
ranked number one for a long time,
but as Jorge showed two weeks ago,
anything can happen."
Winkler will also compete on the

still rings and the vault.
The Wolverines boast two quali-
fiers on the pommel horse. Hill, a
perennial participant at the champi-
onships, will join Mott, a first-year
qualifier. Hill garnered his trip to
Lincoln with a 5th place-9.65 show-
ing at regionals, while Mott notched
12th place with a 9.55.
"They both have excellent
chances to do well," Darden said.
"Their scores from the East Regional
rank right up there with competitors
from the West Region."

by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
The never-ending season will
come to a fairy tale finish for two
Michigan gymnasts this weekend.
Michigan frosh Beth Wymer and
redshirt frosh Kelly Carfora both
qualified for the 1992 NCAA
National Championships Friday and
Saturday in St. Paul, Minn.
Representation of the Wolverines
at the National Championships will

Round closes out his career by
competing in the prestigious all-
around. The senior has also com-
peted in the championships before,
and has a chance to qualify for the
finals in all of the events.
"Everyone's chances are great,"
Darden said. "There's no reason that
we can't have finalists in every
event. But, as always, it's a good
day-bad day scenario. They've been
training hard and I really think
they're going to fly."

qualifier. She will compete with No.
1-seeded Utah during the rotations.
Carfora was the 12th and final at-
large qualifier and will rotate with
Stanford. Ironically, the Cardinal
qualified as the 12th and final team
for the tournament, knocking the
Wolverines from that spot.
The two Wolverines become only
the second and third Michigan gym-
nasts to earn individual qualification
to the National Championships. In
1988, Angela Williams competed at
the meet and finished 18th in the all-
around competition.
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With one of the higher all-around
composite scores in the country
(39.0667), Wymer's qualification
came as no surprise. However, it was
not clear weather Carfora (38.1416)
would qualify for the meet until well
after the NCAA Central Regional
Championships had completed two
weeks ago in Missouri.
Wolverine head coach Bev Fry
was named 1992 Central Region
Coach of the Year. Fry led Michigan
(189.775) to a second-place finish
behind Alabama (193.125) in the
Central Regional Championships
April 9. The Wolverines sent gym-
nasts Wendy Wilkinson and Ali
Winski to the meet with at-large bids
last season, but did not qualify as a
team. Michigan assistant coach Dave
_ Kuzara shared Central Region
Assistant Coach of the year honors
with Alabama's Dave Patterson.

MOP.LLYI .1 I VhNWEII
Amy Malik and the rest of the Wolverines head to Evanston this weekend to
take on Northwestern in the first round of the Big Ten tournament.
Women netters set 7

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sights on
by Sharon Lundy
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's tennis
team will attempt to secure a top-
four conference ranking when it
faces Northwestern in the first
round of the Big Ten tournament in
Evanston this weekend. The Wol-
verines and Wildcats are the fourth-
and fifth-seeded teams in the
tournament, respectively.
Although Michigan lost to
Northwestern, 5-4, in a match ear-
lier this season, the seeding was not
a surprise for several reasons.
Michigan was awarded a win
against No. 1 seed Indiana for the
match during the season in which

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top seeds
the Hoosiers failed to show.
Northwestern has had some
losses to schools that Michigan
recorded victories against. The
Wildcats lost matches against Iowa
and Ohio State, two teams which the
Wolverines defeated.
"(Northwestern) has definitely
been struggling recently," assistant
coach Wendy Gilles said.
Michigan played the North-
western match at the beginning of
the season without Kalei Beamon,
who will be in the Wolverine
lineup this weekend.
"I think we have a very good
chance of defeating them," co-cap-
tain Freddy Adam said. " Khlei was
out, and it was our firstTBig Ten
match of the season when we played
(Northwestern) earlier."
"We're seeded above them, but in
our minds we're still the under-
.dog," Gilles said.
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