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Men's Basketball
vs. Wisconsin
Tomorrow, 8 p.m.
Crisler Arena

SPORTS

Women's Gymnastics
Valentine Invitational
Friday, 7 p.m.
Cliff Keen Arena

HOCKEY NOTEBOOK
Streaky Blue hits end'
of the road in Ohio
by Chad A. Safran
Daily Hockey Writer
OXFORD - The Michigan hockey team was riding several streaks going
into the weekend with Ohio State and Miami. The ride, however, was a bumpy
one.
The Wolverines'4-3 overtime loss Saturday was the first time they fell to the
Redskins in the last 22 meetings between the two clubs. The last time Miami
topped Michigan was a6-3 victory in Oxford on Oct. 16,1987. The win was only
the eighth time in the 39 meetings between the two schools that Miami had come
away with a triumph.
The Miami game was the first time Michigan had given up more than one
goal since playing Illinois-Chicago Jan. 9. In that matchup, the Wolverines
allowed six tallies. That was also the last time Michigan lost a game, having
ripped off six straight wins until falling to defeat against the Redskins.
Chris Gordon failed to make an appearance against the Redskins. The
junior goaltender had played in the previous four contests, allowing only one
goal.
The 10 goals scored against Ohio State marked the first time Michigan had
totaled double-digit goal totals since 1967. In that year, the Wolverines beat
McMaster 10-4, 10-3 respectively.
Going into Columbus, the Michigan penalty-killing unit had successfully
neutralized 33-consecutive power plays. The Wolverines halted Ohio State on
its first two attempts. However on the next man-advantage, Tim Green found
the nets for the Buckeyes ending the run at 35.
IT'S ABOUT TIME: Michigan defensemen David Harlock and Aaron
Ward scored their first goals of the season in Friday's 10-1 victory over Ohio
State.
Ward's tally came at the 12:31 mark of the first period when he fired a
slapshot just inside the Buckeye blue line, putting the Wolverines ahead, 2-0. It
was the 16th of the junior's collegiate. career.
Less than a minute before Harlock's tally, a call came from a player on the
Michigan bench for the senior captain to "Throw it on net." Harlock must have
heard because he managed to push Michigan's total into double digits at the
19:35 mark of the final stanza with a shot from 40 feet. It increased his career
total to six.
OUCH!: Winger Dan Stiver departed Goggin Arena Saturday with his left
hand heavily bandaged as the result of being stepped on with a skate during
second period action. Stiver missed the final six minutes of the stanza as well
as the third period and overtime. The junior forward, who is third on the team
in goal scoring with 15, is questionable for Saturday's matchup at Bowling
Green.
LEADERS OF THE PACK: With two goals and three assists against Miami
and Ohio State, David Roberts continues to lead the Wolverines in scoring. The
senior forward now has 42 points for the season. He is just one of five Michigan
players with over 30 points. The others are Cam Stewart (38), Mark Ouimet
(37), David Oliver (36) and Brian Wiseman (32).
Oliver has filled the net 26 times, including eight times on the power play.
Both of these totals lead the Wolverines. Roberts leads the team with 29 assists.

Women gyinasts come up short
Wolverines catch Chippewas, finish second to Spartans at Michigan State Invitational

by Mike Rancilio
Daily Sports Writer
EAST LANSING - The Michigan
women's gymnastics team knew the
task at hand as it marched into the final
event at the Michigan State Invitational
Sunday afternoon.
Central Michigan had already com-
pleted the meet of its life and the raucous
Chippewa following let the Wolverines
know it.
Michigan needed a strong bar rou-
tine to upend Central and hold off a
charging Michigan State squad. Because
the Chippewa rotation did not include a
bye in between events, the maroon and
gold faithful were able to focus their
attention on Michigan's performance.
What they witnessed was a stoic
gymnastic team quickly and methodi-
cally deflate their hopes of an Invita-
tional championship, tallying 48.05 bars
score and registering a 189.45 overall
score for the meet.
"(I told the team) that we really
needed to pick it up and change gears,"
Michigan coach Bev Plocki said. "The
sign of a good team is to be able to come
back off a not-so-good event, turn it
around and do really well."
But just as quickly as Central's
dreams were halted, Michigan's hopes
for a comeback victory were stymied by
Michigan State's performance in its fi-
nal event.
The Spartans fired up ariveting floor

exercise to overtake the five-team field
and win the invitational with a score of
190.05. Michigan had to settle for sec-
ond place.
"We did really well on vault and on
bars, but it just wasn't good enough to
turn things around," Plocki said.
Despite the outcome, the Wolver-
ines said they were content with their
performances, and plan to build from
the reality check of suffering their first
loss of the season.
"It shows the sign of a good team to
take a not-so-good situation and turn it
around," Plocki said. "We'll see State
again, and you know they will remem-
ber this."
Along with the inspiring finish, the
Wolverines have other accomplishments
to build on in future meets.
Kelly Carfora won the all-around
competition with 38.40 overall score.
The Wolverines also swept the top three
finishes on the vault and bars. Wendy
Marshall led the trio of Wolverines on
the vault with a 9.75. She was followed
by Beth Wymer and Dianna Ranelli.
Wendy Wilkinson, Carfora and Tina
Miranda finished first through third on
the bars.
The invitational also provided Michi-
gan with an opportunity to rest some
gymnasts and create experience for oth-
ers. The Wolverines are now preparing
for the spring break run of three road
meets in one week.

SHARRON MUSHER/Daily
Gymnast Dianna Ranelli competes on the balance beam earlier this season.
She finished in the top three in two events at the Michigan State Invitational.

Gold medalist resumes
training in Ann Arbor

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by Charlie Breitrose
Daily Sports Writer
Mark Lenzi, you just won the Olym-
pic gold medal in the one-meter spring
board diving, what are going to donow?
Go to Disneyland? Appear on cereal
boxes? Make shoe commercials? No,
I'm going to Michigan.
MICHIGAN?
After a busy summer of competi-
tion, culminating in a triumphant per-
formance in Barcelona, Lenzi is finally
back in training. WhileAnnArbormight
seem like an odd place for a diver to
train, the location has much to offer.
First is Dick Kimball. Kimball, who
coaches the Michigan men's and
women's diving teams, also instructs
the Kimball Divers, a nationally re-
nowned squad. Under his tutelage four
divers - including Lenzi -have won
Olympic gold medals.
In addition to Kimball, Ann Arbor
provides a superb diving facility in
Canham Natatorium.
"I was fortunate enough that the
people at the University of Michigan
are allowing me to train in this fine
natatorium," Lenzi said.
Lenzi has worked with Kimball since
the beginning of last summer. He trained
in Bloomington, Ind., Columbus, Ohio,
and Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. before settling
on Michigan. AnnArbor satisfies Lenzi's
needs.
"He's very happy here, and he plans
to spend four years here (training for the
next Olympics)," Kimball said about
Lenzi.
At the moment, Lenzi is taking it
easy. He only recently started training
again.
"I just started working out lastMon-
day," Lenzi said. "I'm taking this year to
relax after all the excitement. It's been
really hectic since the Olympics."
Following his thrilling victory at
Barcelona, Lenzi hit the talk show cir-
cuit. He has been seen on "The Tonight
Show with Jay Leno," "The Montel
Williams Show," "Up Close with Roy
Firestone, " and even "Live with Regis
and Kathie Lee."
Yet the memory Lenzi holds from
his experience will be standing on the
victory platform in Barcelona.
"It's an indescribable feeling,"Lenzi

said. "Visualize your biggest dream
coming true. It still sometimes seems
unreal."
Although his victory surprised many
observers, Lenzi was confident in his
abilities.
"I knew I could win. I had beaten
everyone there before. Ijust had to do it
when it counted," he said.
Lenzi felt the conditions of the meet,
although they were far from ideal, fa-
vored him. In fact, his style of diving
gave him an advantage.
"The sun was shining, so it was
really bright," Lenzi said. "The boards
were not the best I've been on. Those
things bothered some of the divers. But
I wasn't affected much, because I'm
one of the fastest divers in the world. I
just get up and go."
Kimball has admired Lenzi's per-
formances for years. Lenzi, a graduate
of Indiana, is a former Big Ten and
NCAA champion. Kimball sees the
qualities of a great diver in Lenzi.
"(Lenzi)dives very explosively, he's
reallystrong," Kimball said. "Hedoesn't
have great feet, but he is very acrobatic.
He's an extremely good competitor."
This competitive spirit was key in
his triumph at Barcelona, but the com-
petition was only part of the Olympic
experience for Lenzi. He was over-
whelmed by the Olympic spirit.
"It was the most fun I have ever had
at one competition," Lenzi said.
"I made lots of good friends, even
from other sports. I enjoyed meeting
new friends. It's a special atmosphere. I
even made friends from other countries
that were not so friendly to (the United
States) before."
With all the excitement of the Olym-
pics over Lenzi is undecided about the*
future. His outlook has changed since
his victory in Spain.
"Before the Olympics I was set to go
another four years and go to the "96
Games." Lenzi commented. "But now
it's not the same. I'm wondering if I
should stop now and retire on top."
At present, Lenzi is set to keep on
training. He will be doing some en-
dorsements for Speedo. He is also con-@
sidering taking courses towards a
master's degree in computer science.

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Olympic gold medalist Mark Lenzi performs on the three-meter springboard
in the 1992 National diving championships held last August in Ann Arbor.

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