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Basketball: Another Bust in '96
Jim Brandstatter will be Master of Ceremonies, and former Michigan
head basketball coach Dave Strack will be the special guest at the
1996 Michigan Basketball Bust, to be held at Crisler Arena on Tuesday,
April 2 at 6 p.m. Tickets for the ceremony are $40, available at a
reduced rate of $25 for students. For information, call Karen Miller at
(313) 429-1772 or Fred Model at (313) 426-2546.

Thursday
March 21,1996

Gymnasts' Darden becomes fourth coach to resign in a year

By Sharat Ra ju
Daily Sports Writer
Bob Darden, coach of the Michigan men's
gymnastics team forthe past 13 years, announced
yesterday that he will resign from his position
following the season, effective May 1.
"I'm departing at a time when I feel it is
appropriate," Darden said. "I've seen the team
through 13 building years, starting from aperiod
real lean, and built it up to seventh in the
tion.
"Through everything, I've done as much as I
could, and it's time to move on and take a little
turn in life."
Since his first season as coach, Darden com-
piled a record of 76-109-I. He coached five Big
Ten champions, as well as a national champion
in Brian Winkler(floorexercise) in 1992. Darden
is only Michigan's third gymnastics coach in the

44 years that the school has competed in the
sport.
In 1994 he was named Big Ten Coach of the
Year, the same year the Wolverines ended the
__season rakned No. 7 na-
tionally and finished with
a record of 12-5.
Darden doesn't have any
plans to continuing coach-
ingafterhisyearsatMichi-
gan.
"If I wasn't going to be a
part of Michigan athletics,
I wasn't going to continue
coaching anywhere else,"
Darden Darden said. "The Michi-
gan tradition and every-
thing that goes with it, the academics, the people
that surround the academic and athletic commu-

'M' Men's gymnastics hosts
Michigan Invitational.
See Page 148.
nities ... is what I'll always keep in my mind and
remember."
The Wolverines are having a rough year.
They are currently 0-8 and are hosting an
eight-team Michigan Invitational Saturday at
Cliff Keen Arena. The meet will not only be
the last home competition for Darden, but it
will be the final one for seniors Chris Onuska
and Kris Klinger as well.
"We're all disappointed (with the announce-
ment) because we appreciate what Bob has done
for us this year and years in the past," senior
captain Chris Onuska said. "The meet is going to

be really emotional, but I don't think it will
effect us too much because we know what we
have to do.
"It should be a memorable meet for us."
Darden's plan for the future sounds consider-
ably more relaxing than being a Division I
gymnastics coach.
"I'm going to stay in the community and be a
good Michigan spectator," Darden said.
Darden said his fondest memories will come
from when he was an athlete at Michigan. He
was an important member of the gymnastics
team from 1973-76, where he was a four-time
letter winner. He was the high bar Big Ten
champion from 1974-76 and an All-American
in 1976.
After his second-place finish at the NCAA
championships in 1976, Darden assumed the
position of assistant coach under Newt Loken.

In 1983-84, Darden took over the program,
and he has been head coach ever since.
"I don't think any coach really wants to think
about that ultimate time when they might not
coach anymore," Darden said. "But I think the
program has come full circle.
"It is time that somebody else take the same
route, maybe faster than 13 years ... and I'll be
able to watch from afar, not hands on."
Although the Michigan Athletic Depart-
ment does not have a replacement in mind, a
search will begin immediately, said Athletic
Public Relations Director Bruce Madej. The
school hopes to name the new coach by June
1.
Darden will be the fourth Michigan coach to
resign in a year after the departures of field
hockey coach Patti Smith, baseball coach Bill
Freehan and football coach Gary Moeller.

e

the 1
NCAA women's swimming
and diving championships,
today through Saturday,
Canham Natatorium

11

NCAA wrestling
championships, today
through Saturday, Traget
Center, Minneapolis

Tankers hope to
ride home-pool
advantage to title

Jessie Rawls Jr. takes his No. 7 national ranking into today's NCAA wrestling
championships at Minneapolis' Target Center.
Me seres etle look
for top-tO fiish
jlue sends 6 to NIC.1AA championships

By Jennifer Hodulik
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan wrestling team will
be in a position envied by the Michi-
gan basketball team this weekend.
Texas dashed any hopes of a Wol-
verine appearance in the Midwest re-
gional of the NCAA hoops tourna-
nent in Minneapolis this weekend.
wever, the wrestling team will
make-the trip to the Twin Cities to
compete for the NCAA wrestling
championship.
Six wrestlers qualified to represent
Michigan (12-5-1) in the three-day
event at the Target Center by placing
in the top six at the Big Ten champi-
onships, March 9-10. While the bas-
ketball team could not get past the
first round, a top 10 finish is within
*ach for the wrestling team. This
would be an improvement on last
year's 22nd-place result.
Michigan coach Dale Bahr specu-
lated that such a finish is an attainable
goal in light of the competition.
"Iowa is the prohibitive favorite to
repeat as NCAA champions," Bahr
said. "But we have a legitimate shot at
being among the top 10 teams."
Iowa's dominance in wrestling is
thing new, as the No. I Hawkeyes
e coming off their 23rd consecutive
Big Ten championship. They will be
represented in all 10 weight classes.
No. 2 Oklahoma State and No. 3
Nebriska will also feature loaded line-
upS,'with each club bringing nine or
10wyretlers. The Big Ten is firmly
entrenched in the rankings, occupy-
inlg the No. 7 through No. 13 spots.
Michigan holds the 12th spot in the
nkings heading into the tournament.
The Wolverines hope to come back
rejuvenated after a seventh-place fin-
ish at the Big Ten meet and make a
r 1P BdEay is March 13th
t so we're having a

push for a high national placing.
Michigan was somewhat hobbled in
the conference tournament, most no-
tably in the heavyweight class as
sophomore Airron Richardson battled
strep throat and a sore back.
"We lost a lot of tight matches in
the Big Tens because we just weren't
healthy," Bahr said. "But we've been
working hard, everybody's got a posi-
tive attitude, and we're really healthyj
now."
However, team standings are just
part of a competition that also re-
wards outstanding individual perfor-
mances. About 330 wrestlers quali-
fied for the tournament, and many of
these will be the lone representatives
of their schools. The top eight finish-
ers in each weight class will be re-
warded with All-American status.
Of the six Michigan participants,
four are returning NCAA qualifiers,
four are nationally ranked, and the
lone senior returns from an All-Ameri-
can 1994 season.
In the 158-pound division, sopho-
more Jeff Catrabone has a chance to
grab a national title. Ranked third in
the country, Catrabone notched a sec-
ond-place finish at the conference
See WRESTLING, Page 16A

By Marc Lightdale
Daily Sports Writer
Home sweet home.
Ironically, the Michigan women's
swimming and diving team might not
even recognize the friendly confines
of Canham Natatorium when they
enter the arena for the NCAA cham-
pionships today.
A newly painted maize and blue
Canham, filled with balloons and
plants, will replace the venue's tradi-
tional neutral appear-_
ance. Crystal clear wa-
ter, a paint touch-up of 1996 N4
the edges of the pool champi
and an island designed
especially for the Preliminarie
awards ceremony are Finals 7 p.m
among the new features Canham Nat
that the team will en-_
counter.
"To me, it's very special to have the
national championships in our own
pool," Michigan coach Jim
Richardson said. "It's kind of a re-
ward for the hard work put into the
program. People have confidence in
us running the tournament."
Yet, the Wolverines would just as
soon pretend they are traveling some-
where else for this meet to get away
from the daily pressures of student
life at Michigan. In fact, the swim-
mers are staying at a hotel to escape
from all of the commotion.
"It's especially good for us," senior
Megan Gillam said. "It'sjust like get-
ting dressed up to go out. It becomes
a little more exciting."
At the same time, the team relishes
the opportunity to swim in its own
pool with a large crowd of supporters.
"We are really excited because we
are going to have a big group ofpeople,
which includes friends, family and
the men's team,"junior Melissa Stone
said.
In Richardson's 11 years, the team
finished in the top 10 nine times. The

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tat(

Wolverines solidified their status as a
national powerhouse after finishing
second at the NCAA meet year. This
year, 17 swimmers and one diver have
qualified for the championships.
"Last year, we had such a tremen-
dous taste of success," Gillam said.
"This year, we are expecting to do as
well. We still have a really strong
nucleus with a lot of the same goals."
Michigan remains a strong con-
tender for the national
championship among a
AA host of others, including
nships Stanford, Arizona, Geor-
gia, Texas and Southern
1 a.m, Cal.
Richardson pointed out
orium. that Stanford is one of
the most improved teams
with the addition of a
freshman class that filled all of its

enerally, a fourth-place
finish amongst some of the
best swimmers in the world
would be cause for at least a smile.
Don't tell that to Michigan's
Anne Kampfc.

Michigan captain Beth Jackson listens to coaches' instructions during Tuesday's
practice for the NCAA swimming and diving championships.
Wolven*es can wi t*all
Olympl tnls arefogotten

needs. In addition, he said the Wild-
cats are a team that might surprise
some people. Richardson also expects
Georgia, who did not shave for the
Southeastern conference tournament,
to peak this weekend.
Michigan must do well in the relays
because the relays count for double
the points. of individual events,
Richardson said. In addition, he talked
about the importance of having good
swims from as many people as pos-
sible. Finally, Richardson hopes that
injured Wolverines, like senior cap-
tain Beth Jackson and junior Rachel
Gustin, will be ready for the meet.
"We started swimming really well
at the Big Tens,"junior Anne Kampfe
See SWIMMING, Page 16A

RYAN
WHITE
White on
Target

You see, that
fourth-place
finish came
two weeks ago
at the Olympic
trials in
Indianapolis.
At the trials,
only the top
two competi-
tors in each
event go on to
represent their
country.
Everyone else

Olympic dream. Kampfe came the
closest.
One of the beauties of sports,
though, is there i always another
game, another time to compete.
So, two weeks after the biggest
individual event for American
swimmers, the Wolverines begin the
biggest team event of the year.
Tonight, the Michigan women's
swimming and diving team begins.
its quest for a national title.
How Kampfe and her teammates
put the disappointment of India-
napolis behind them could well
determine how the Wolverines do
this weekend at Canham Natato-
rium.
My bet is they'll do just fine.
Last year Michigan finished
second in the country after leading
the meet for its first three days.
Stanford took the lead on the final
day and went on to beat the Wolver-
See WHITE, Page 16A

goes home disappointed.
Fourteen of Michigan's best
women's swimmers went to
Indianapolis, and none realized their

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