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8- The Michigan Daily - SPORTSMonday - Monday, March 21, 1994

Gymnasts close home season in style vs. GW

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By MELANIE SCHUMAN
DAILY SPORTS WRITER
After Saturday night's decisive
victory over George Washington,
the Michigan women's gymnastics
team finished the regular season with
only one loss and its highest rank-
ing in school history.
An overall record of21-7, and 7-
0 in limited Big Ten competition, is
probably better than Michigan coach
Bev Plocki could have hoped for
when she embarked on her fifth year
guiding the Wolverines.
Before the season, Plocki fo-
cused on the conference meet as the
a would-be climatic finish to an-
other up-and-coming season for the
Wolverines.
A ninth-place finish at the NCAA
Championships last year provided
the motivation for Michigan, which
predicted a 1994 final standing
among the Super Six elite of NCAA
gymnastics.
As of the final week of competi-
tion, Michigan is ranked No. 3, hav-
ing overcome No. 4 and perennial
national-title contender Alabama.
Whether the Wolverines remain
third is not exactly up to them. It
depends on how other teams fared
and whose composite (released
Wednesday) will tally the highest.
"We were pretty pleased," fresh-
man Andrea McDonald said. "We
try not to worry about scores we
can't control. We got caught up in

that for a while."
McDonald placed second in the
all-around against the Colonials with
a 38.725, third on the uneven bars
(9.775) and third on the balance
beam (9.600). After an unsatisfac-
tory week of practice, she was
pleased with her effort.
Michigan, which had hoped to
come out strong on the vault to start
the meet, did just that, as the team
total of 49.125 was its second high-
est for one individual event (floor
score was 49.3).
Junior Beth Wymer carried the
Wolverines with a first-place all-
around finish of 39.250, just shy of
her nation-fbading 39.544 average.
Wymer, who also leads the na-
tion in bars, beam and floor exer-
cise, dominated this weekend's No.
1 slot with high marks, including
another perfect 10 on the floor.
Senior Nicole Bronner, the most
consistent all-arounder for the
Colonials with an average score of
37.408, placed fifth with 37.8750,
her highest mark on the season.
Although finishing behind Wol-
verines, she had three strong indi-
vidual peformances on vault, bars
and floor.
The No. 41 Colonials may leave
Ann Arbor with a loss on their score
card, but they too managed to do
just what they expected.
Even with a few breaks, coach
Margie Cunningham believes her

squad's 188.525 (a season best) is a
solid enough mark to retain its No.
7 regional seed.
The Colonials' "nemesis all
year" has been the uneven bars, and
against Michigan, the event contin-
ued to haunt them.
"We can't let the individual
things affect us as long as long as
we can get the overall we need,"

Cunningham said.
They found that "overall" they
needed and so did Michigan.
"(The season) is not over yet, so
it doesn't even feel like it yet," said
sophomore Wendy Marshall, after
her winning performance on the
beam (9.8). She also nailed a sec-@
ond-place routine on vault (9.9) in
this final regular-season duel.

'Dianna Ranelli placed third this weekend on the floor with a 9.875.
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Continued from page 3
"(Winning the title) never crossed my mind," Webb says. "I was too
preoccupied with being scared."
The distance medley was the second-to-last race of the entire two-day
meet. All Webb could do was wait and brew her cauldron of nervous energy.
But by race time, Webb was ready. Pep talks from teammates and coaches
had prepared her, and now she wanted to do her part.
After the previous night's debacle, McClimon and Babcock were also ready
to race.
"I think Courtney and I both had revenge on our minds from the night
before," McClimon says.
There was no questioning whether Westerby was ready. When your
nickname is "Beast," you don't have a lot of choice but to be fired up.
"I remember Kristin Westerby saying, 'I'm running with the top. Not the
competitors, but the people on my team,"' Webb recalls. "You think about 0
that, and if she feels that way about you, you have to feel that way about
yourself."
All that was left to do was run. After an entire season of pointing at this
race as their shot at a title, after the disappointing 5,000, after the tragedy
in the life of a friend, after the skittishness of a teammate running the
biggest race of her life, all that was left was 4,000 meters of running to be
shared by four women.
They were the fastest entry, but now, they were running in a realm where seed
times and the like hardly mattered. They were running against themselves.
They call these things windows of opportunity. Only for these four athletes,
it wasn't so much a window as it was something closer to the size of a porthole.
But through the sheer force of their collective will, they crashed through
like a battering ram, seizing the glory at the only instant that it was available
to be seized.
The race went off without a hitch. Westerby ran a solid leg and handed off
to Webb, who peeled off a blistering 400. She handed off to McClimon, who
completed her leg in third, giving Babcock a chance to run down the leaders.
Babcock did, and finished in 11:08.60. As it was the event's first running at the
indoor NCAAs, the victory established a collegiate standard.
The emotionally-steely McClimon shed pools of tears. The sizable Michigan
cheering section turned to bedlam. McGuire would find out later that evening, but*
he was on everyone's minds as soon as Babcock finished.
And now, one year or 10 years from now, the result will always be the same.
"The bottom line is that when you look in the NCAA track program every
year, for 1994, you're going to see that Michigan, with those four athletes, won
the national championship in that event," McGuire says. "That's something
that they'll always remember and I'll always remember."

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