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Page 8-The Michigan Daily-Sports Monday- March 15,1993

DIVERS
Continued from page 1
third in the 1-meter. In her first sea-
son as a Wolverine, Zarse has al-
ready established herself as a major
force in women's diving.
"No one really expected her to do
that well," Woods said. "It's espe-
cially impressive that she's a fresh-
man."
Diving coach Dicl Kimball said
both divers' turned in good dives.
"Carrie dove very well," Kimball
said. "She chose to dive springboard
and was right in the hunt in both.
She dove very consistently. Cinna-
mon, on springboard, did real well.
She dove great on tower. I was re-
ally pleased with both of their per-
formances."
However, missing from the
qualifiers was Wolverine tri-captain
Margie Stoll whose bout with the flu
hindered her diving.
"Margie dove well on tower but
her sickness made it really difficult
for her," Kimball said. "If she had
felt better, she would have had a
much better performance."
On the men's side of the draw,
the Wolverines achieved their goal
of qualifying two divers for the
NCAA championship meet March
25-27 in Indianapolis.
Sophomore Abel Sanchez made
his first appearance at a major com-
petition and was impressive finish-
ing second on the 10-meter platform
and 10th on the 3-meter board. His
sixth place finish overall qualified
" him for the national championship.
Kimball told Sanchez just before
the platform competition that he
needed a first or second place to

qualify for the NCAAs, and Sanchez
responded.
"I was most pleased that I did
well on the 10-meter," Sanchez said.
"I didn't do that well on the 3-meter,
but on the 10, I dove consistently
and I was very pleased."
Kimball said Sanchez's perfor-
mance pleased him, especially since
Sanchez did not compete in the Big
Ten Championships earlier this
month.
"Abel did a great job on tower to
get him in the NCAA meet," Kim-
ball said. "He didn't compete at Big
Tens and did a great job of showing
that he maybe should have been
there (at Big Tens)."
The other Michigan qualifier was
senior Eric Lesser. Lesser had also
battled the flu this week, and al-
though he qualified, he said he was
not happy with his performances.
Lesser finished third on the platform
and eighth on the springboard to pull
out a seventh place finish overall,
allowing him to capture the final
qualifying spot for the NCAAs.
"I'm happy I made it," Lesser
said. "I didn't dive as well as I
hoped. We only had four days (to
prepare). But I'm happy I made it."
Lesser said he hopes he can come
back and perform better at the
NCAAs in order to hold off Texas
for second place.
"As a team, we have to watch
Texas (at NCAAs)," Lesser said.
"Diving will be important in order
for us to get second. (As a diver), I
hope Texas doesn't beat us by div-
ing. Stanford (the NCAA favorite)
looks untouchable."
Ohio State's Yoshihiro Sakata
won both springboard events.

Gymnasts improve,

fall short'
by Scott Burton
Daily Sports Writer
All year, the Michigan's -men's
gymnastics team had been talking
about producing a score in the mid-
270's. Finally, at Saturday's Michi-
gan Invitational at Cliff Keen arena
it came-- a season high 275.70.
Time for celebration, right?
Not quite.
While the score excited the
Wolverines, instead of quenching
the team's thirst, it only left the team
wanting more. More consistency,
more mental toughness, more im-
provement - hopefully all in time
for next weekend's Big Ten cham-
pionships at Minnesota.
"275 is a great score, but we did
not do our best and that's impor-
tant," Michigan coach Bob Darden
said. "But the score sets a good
mental framework - it really gets the
team excited about what they can
do.
"We're coming closer to solidify-
ing a healthy team. They realize now
with this lineup that we can forge
into the Big Ten's knowing that we
hit, we're in contention - we miss,
we go home with our tails in our
legs."
Michigan's score was good for
second place in the Michigan Invita-
tional and left it a slim five hun-
dredths of a point behind first place
Illinois Chicago. The Flames pro-
duced their season-high score with a
275.75 to win the meet.

"It was our best performance so
far this year," UIC coach C.J. John-
son said. "We just put everything
together from the season. I can't put
a finger on what it was. The kids
were up for it and the facility was
excellent - that brings you up
also."
Finishing behind the Flames and
the Wolverines at the Invitational
were Kent State (274.60), Temple
(272.85) and Western Michigan
(269.75).
Michigan's established its sea-
son-breaking pace by the first event
on the day - the floor exercise.
Consistently a strength for the
Wolverines all season, Saturday's
47.25 score outdid all their efforts
on the year. Raul Molina headed the
floor exercise seasonahigh score
with a 9.65, good for second place.
However, the Wolverines lost
some of their momentum by the sec-
ond event due to some problems on
the pommel horse. Their 44.00 score
on the event was good for third in
the meet, but their performance left
them short of previous standards.
"I can't understand it. The begin-
ning of the year we were just rock-
ing on horse," Darden said. "But
these last two meets - maybe there's
been a pommel horse virus running
around the gym.
"After coming off of a real posi-
tive event, it really takes the wind
out of our sails."
The lost momentum was recap-
tured quickly, though, thanks in part
to a standout effort by Mike Mott.
His 9.7 on the horse salvaged the
event for the Wolverines and he
added solid efforts on three of the
next four events.
The Wolverines resurgence
translated to quality scores in the
final four events - still rings
(46.80), vault (45.45), parallel bars
(45.90), and horizontal bars (46.30).

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ELIZABETH LIPPMAN/Daily
Women gymnasts take first place at Keen
Wolverine Debbie Geiger performs her floor exercise as Michigan
defeated Oklahoma, Western Michigan and Ball Sate at home Friday.

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