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Men's Lacrosse
Blame it on Niyo
Men's Basketball
Ice Hockey




The Michigan Daily Monday, March 22,1993 Page 1






by Ken Davidoff
and Ken Sugiura
Daily Sports Editors
In a report expected to be re-
leased this morning, the Michigan
Athletic Department will announce
that it will drop the men's gymnas-
tics program following the 1993-94
season. In its place, the Athletic
Department will grant varsity status
to women's soccer.
The main reasons cited in the re-
lease for men's gymnastics' drop-
ping are the University's desire to
comply with the Big Ten's gender
equity policy, and the decreasing
number of gymnasts participating in
Michigan high schools. The
University will honor the scholar-
Laker fast
start beats
'M' at Joe
Louis, 5-3
by Tim Rardin
Daily Hockey Writer
DETROIT - For about one pe-
riod in Saturday's game with Lake
Superior State, the Michigan hockey
team looked like the No. 2 squad in
the country. The Wolverines dis-
played its fast and furious offense,
as well as the impenetrable defense
that has guided them to 29 victories
this season.
But unfortunately for Michigan,
that shining period was the third. By
then, the hole the Wolverines dug
themselves into through the first two
periods was just too deep to get out
of in the end as they fell to the Lak-
ers in the second CCHA semifinal
game, 5-3.
"We did not get into the game
until the third period," Michigan
coach Red Berenson said. "We
weren't sharp and they kept us on
our heels."
The Lakers set the tone early,
establishing the momentum that
Michigan would not gain until the
third period. LSSU forward Wayne
Strachan took advantage of a Mike
Knuble giveaway at the right circle,
and strolled in untouched to beat
Wolverine goaltender Steve Shields
just 2:26 into the game.
Strachan, who notched a hat trick
on the night, scored again midway
through the second, connecting on
one of the Lakers' 11 shots in the
period. On the flip side, Michigan
could muster only seven shots, and
didn't take its first shot until the
9:49 mark. Down, 4-1, after 40 min-
utes of play, the Wolverines' second
period was as forgettable as their
third period was unforgettable.
Just 46 seconds into the final
stanza, Wolverine forward Mark
Ouimet picked up a mishandled
See ICERS, Page 6

ships of those gymnasts who will not
graduate following the 1994 season.
The Gender Equity Act, accepted
by the Big Ten last June, mandates
that members increase their percent-
age of women athletes to 40 percent
by 1997.
The Michigan High School
Athletic Association dropped spon-
sorship of boys' gymnastics in 1979,
but since then, the sport has contin-
ued under the direction of a gymnas-
tics coaches association.
The number of competing high
school teams has steadily declined to
the point where the recent state meet
included five fully-rostered teams.
However, while the number of
students and teams involved in high

school gymnastics has declined, par-
ticipation in club gymnastics has
been on the rise during the same
time period. There are currently ap-
proximately 4,500 private boys'
gymnastic clubs registered with the
United States Gymnastics Federation
(USGF), a significant increase ac-
cording to USGF Men's Program
Director Robert Cowan, and another
10,000 unregistered programs.
"Today, kids need to train longer
at a sport than three months, and
most high schools can't provide
that," Michigan men's gymnastics
coach Bob Darden said.
The Board in Control of
Intercollegiate Athletics, the govern-
ing body for Michigan athletics,

made its recommendation to Athletic
Director Jack Weidenbach in
February. Weidenbach informed
Darden of the board's findings
March 1.
Weidenbach could not be reached
for comment.
The men's gymnastics program,
long having been considered "on the
bubble," was orignially designated
to end upon the completion of this
season. After Darden asked for a
"window of opportunity" at a March
4 meeting, the board granted him a
reprieve and allowed the program to
continue through 1994.
Darden stressed his desire to be
pro-active throughout the process.
However, he also said he felt that the

board's options are not restricted to
eliminating his program.
"The concern is that all the is-
sues have not been fully realized and
looked into," Darden said.
One possibility Darden said he
felt was feasible was "tiering," a so-
lution which would facilitate the de-
sire for gender equity as well as deal
with cost containment, a problem
many athletic departments face.
Penn State is the only Big Ten
school that currently uses tiering.
This process allows schools to par-
tially fund certain sports and only
compete on a regional basis.
University President James
Duderstadt recomends this solution

r t. I.-i. "
Gender equity and nation-
wide cost-cutting measures
may doom collegiate men's
gymnastics. Page 5.
The men gymnasts them-
selves were quite angry with
the decision. Page 5.
While some people were
extremely unhappy, the
women's soccer players
were overjoyed about finally
gaining varsity status. Page


'M' avoids ruin
by Bruins, 86-84

by Andy De Korte
Daily Basketball Writer
TUCSON, Ariz. - Clearly,
the shot hit the rim, Jimmy King
rebounded it and made the put-
back. The ensuing confusion
included a shot-clock buzzer,
three unsure officials, two unsure
teams, and a slew of unsure fans.
However, after a lengthy
debate, the referees cleared up the
controversy - the basket was
good. The basket gave Michigan
an 86-84 lead, which would
become the final score 1.5 seconds
later. While waiting out the debate
may have been torturous for
everyone, the conclusion was
worse for UCLA.
By reviewing the statement ref-
eree Don Rutledge made to pool
reporter Anthony Gimino of the
Arizona Daily Star, it was clear
the officials made no mistake
regarding their decision.
He explained, "No. 5 (Jalen
Rose) drives, puts up a shot, the
ball hit the rim, bounced to the
right, the shot clock horn went off.
Michigan rebounded it, put it back
in. UCLA calls time out, both
officials see 1.5 seconds on the
clock when he calls time out."
After the game, UCLA coach
Jim Harrick was not disappointed
with the way the officials handled
the game. He continually praised
Rutledge, calling him, "one of the
best referees in the game."
He continued, "they did every-
thing right," but he complained
that they should have used the
monitor because, "it was too big
of a game to not know for sure."
The NCAA rules state
monitors can only be used in
scoring and timing errors. Thus,
this situation did not qualify.
For his part, Michigan coach
Steve Fisher knew for sure that
Rose beat the shot clock. When he
knew unequivocally that Rose's

shot hit the rim, he knew the
basket should count, and he had
no qualms with the timeout
On the play, Rose said, "I
knew that it was a two-second
differential, and I knew that I had
gotten the shot off to not get a 45-
second violation. I think I had a
pretty good look at it, but Jim Jam
did a good job of following it up."
Poor free throw shooting
plagued the Wolverines when
UCLA took an 81-79 lead in
Ray Jackson went one-for-two
from the line with 3:31 left in
overtime. Three of the next four
Michigan possessions included
Chris Webber missing the front of
a one-and-one and both Juwan
Howard and Jimmy King splitting
a pair from the charity stripe.
Rebounding and defensive
tenacity kept the Wolverines in the
game during the time leading up
to the controversy. But, before the
overtime even started, Michigan
dodged a bullet.
UCLA tied the game at 77 with
6.3 seconds remaining. However,
UCLA disrupted the inbounds
pass from Howard to Rose. With
Rose falling down, Bruin guard
Tyus Edney stole the ball. He
stormed towards the lane but
Howard could not follow him.
When Edney decided to pass to Ed
O'Bannon rather than shoot over
the taller Howard, King
intercepted the pass and held the
ball until the clock expired.
"The ball was loose on the
court," King said. "Tyus was
coming down on the break. Once I
saw Juwan had picked him up, I
knew he was either going to block
the shot or get a turnover. So I just
ran up under the basket where
O'Bannon was and jumped in
front of him and stole the ball."

Chris Webber makes his presence felt in Michigan's two-point overtime victory over UCLA.

* Swimmers rally to
take fifth at NCAAs

by Brett Johnson
Daily Sports Writer



by Charlie Breitrose
Daily Sports Writer
MINNEAPOLIS - It took them
a day to warm up and get into gear,
but when they did, the members of
the Michigan women's swimming
and diving team kicked up some
waves at the NCAA championships.
Michigan finished fifth in the fi-
nal standings, behind Stanford,
Florida, Texas and SMU. It was the
highest finish ever for the Wol-
verines at an NCAA championship
meet (they finished sixth in 1989).
Following the first day of com-
petition, the Wolverines were in
evnth n1'en and were fbidlino' after

previously held by Texas' Tracey
Leading throughout the whole
race, Hooiveld surged in the last 50
yards to hold off Arizona State's
Beata Kaszuba by a body length.
"I didn't realize I'd broken the
record," Hooiveld said. "I saw my
time, 'Oh a minute!' and so I was
Hooiveld's second victory, which
came Saturday, provided one of the
meet's most thrilling moments. She
trailed the leaders for the first three
quarters of the race then used an
explosive burst of speed to overtake
L vdia Morrow of Texas nut-touch-

One's an introvert; the other an
extrovert. One sees practice as
work; the other sees practice as a
place to have fun. However, they
have one thing in common -
they want to win.
Five years ago, two young
men came to Michigan with many
of the same goals. As the years
went by, both were very
successful and then their paths
diverged. One got the biggest
thrill of his life, and the other
went home with a lot of
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The two Erics hope to
leave on a high note

title. This week they will put an
ending, good or bad, to their tale
as they travel to Indianapolis, with
other members of the Wolverine
squad, for the NCAA
championship meet.
Their Michigan experience
began during winter break of their
senior years in high school. The
Michigan swim team had its
winter training trip in Boca Raton,
Fla., and this is when Michigan
coach Jon Urbanchek first really
started recruiting the two Erics.
Namesnik lived and trained in
Boca Raton, and Wunderlich was
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