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12A - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, April 2, 1998

Women'sY
gymnasts
ready to
defend}
top seed
CENTRAL
Continued from Page 11A
We need to go into this competition
prepared to perform gymnastics the.
way we do in the gym," Plocki said.
"We have to go in and hit our rou-
tines in order to win, and we've
already put Big Tens behind us."
Last year, Michigan hosted the}
regionals. During the competition,
they broke the previous school
record, posting an impressive score
of 197.7.
Plocki said that Michigan is not
specifically looking to breakr
records, because judging is very dif-
ferent at each competition.
At Saturday's regionals, it may be
more strict.
"I am just hoping that the athletes
will go in and perform with consis-
tency," Plocki said.
"At this point, it does us no good
to stress out over breaking records
-the key is just to go in, be relaxed
and have fun."h
If Michigan claims the regional
,title, the Wolverines are guaranteed
a spot in the NCAA Championships.
If the Wolverines do not win, they
#will have to wait to see if they are f.
among the top seven scoring Teamsa
- besides the regional winners -
to receive an invitation.
"It is a great benefit to us that we
are a part of such a strong region
Rbecause we have more of a chance if LOUIS BROWN/Daily
we do not win the Regional," Plocki The Michigan women's gymnastics team, led by Sarah Cain, will enter the NCAA Regionals as the No. 1
said. seed. If Michigan wins the regional, they are assured a spot in the NCAA CHampionship.
Men's golf out to rebound from last
week's disappointing Dr. Pepper

Reminded of Big Tens,
men's gymnastics looks
toward NCAA Regionals

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EAST
Conitinued from Page 11A
two have previous regional experience.
Sophonmore LaLo Haro and senior Tim
DeGraw have each competed individually at
the NCAA event.
The remaining twelve can find solace in the
fact that the meet will bear a striking resem-
blaSee to the Big Ten Championships, which
took place just two weeks ago at Crisler
Arena.
"t'll just about be a repeat of the Big Tens,
but w th individuals from other teams,"
Michigan coach Kurt Golder said.
A repeat, minus Minnesota, which failed to
qualify for the field.
Justlike at the Big Tens, Golder plans to
give the all-around nods to Haro and freshman
Kevin Roulston on Saturday. The duo finished
ninthi and seventh, respectively, at the champi-
onships'. Penn State's Mike Dutka, who cap-
turedl the all-around Big Ten crown, is the
favdritc to defend his all-around title in
Amlherst.
Thie Wolverines will look to freshman Justin
Tonmn to'lead the way on parallel bars. Toman
took top honors in the event at the Big Tens
and 'also won it last Saturday when the team
traveledto Michigan State.
Frcshihian Kenny Keener will be key to
Micliigan's performance on still rings, as he
leads the team into competition with a school
recoird of 9.75. Haro holds team highs on pom-
mel :horse and floor exercise.
Michigan has the potential to do the most
damtige on vault - an event the team domi-
natecd at the Bi; Tens. Haro, Roulston, senior
Tim Lauring arnd sophomore Tim Dehr com-
bined to give NIichigan third-, fourth-, fifth-
and ,seventh-plice finishes during individual
cometition.
Although thd Wolverines will be accus-
tomed to-all of their opponents, one particular
adversary is becoming especially familiar.
Michig'an has seen rival Michigan State

enough times in the past few weeks to "
green in the face. The teams will square off for
the fourth week in a row during the regional
meet.
Despite so many close meetings, the last df
which Michigan lost by 0.075, an expected
blood-boiling rivalry has been preempted by
interscholastic camaraderie. Golder said that
the inevitable
Michigan-Michigan State rivalry still exists
but the teams' attitudes are tending towar
friendship.
"I don't think it's going in the direction of
resent," he said. "It's a gain of respect."
Maybe so, but the fact remains that only
three teams will advance from the Regionals
to the NCAA Championships on April 16-18.
As of right now, neither team is ranked in the
top three, and they will have to fight each
other for a bid on Saturday.
Despite the meet's importance, Golder has
been keeping the practice schedule fairly con
sistent this week.
"We've got the machine working fine, and
it's pointed in the right direction," Golder said,
Right now that direction is east, to Amherst
and the NCAA Regionals.
No. 2 Iowa tops the region, qualifying with
a three-score average of 230.174. Michigan's
average is about 1.5 less than that, and that's
enough to keep the Wolverines out of the top
three.

Complete coverage of
men's and women's
gymnastics NCAA
Regionals in
SportsMonday.

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By Kevin Rosenfield
Daily Sports Writer
After a disappointing performance last
weekend that exposed some early-spring
rust, the Michigan men's golf team will
attempt to rebound this weekend in
Lexington, Ky. at the Kentucky Invitational.
The two-day tournament, held tomorrow and
Saturday, features a 20-team field that
includes conference foes Iowa, Michigan
State and Purdue.
Mike Harris, the top Wolverine scorer in
both tournaments of this young spring sea-
son, will look to lead a Michigan five-some
that also includes Mike Reabe, Mike Affeldt
and Keith Hinton.
Freshman Kevin Harris - Mike's younger
brother - will make his first appearance of

the spring season as a replacement for Kevin
Vernick, the usual starter, who will be
attending a family wedding. With Michigan
considered to be a bubble team for selection
to the NCAA Regionals later this spring,
Carras emphasized that his team needs to
start performing immediately.
Michigan finished a disappointing 13th
(out of 18 teams) at last weekend's Dr.
Pepper Intercollegiate, and with only three
tournaments remaining, the next few weeks
should prove critical.
"We did not do what we had to do this past
weekend, so the pressure is on us to perform
well," Carras said. "We've got to produce
these next few tournaments if we are to have
a shot at qualifying for regionals."
The good local weather this week has

finally allowed for some much-needed prac-
tice for a Wolverine squad that had gone
through most of March without playing out-
doors.
Predictably, rust has proven to be a major
concern for a team ravaged by short-game
difficulties. Time, however, is running short.
"We'd like to place in the top six (this
weekend), but more importantly we need to
beat the teams we are competing with for a
spot in the Last Regional tournament,"
C arrais said.
"In order to perform well and be competi-
tive. we need to have some depth from our
four and five positions. If that doesn't hap-
pen soon, you'll likely see some changes in
our lineup.
"The time to produce is now."

The Michigan gof
team begins play
tomorrow at the
Kentucky
Invitational. The
20-team field
should give the
Wolverines, who
are considered 01
the bubble for an
NCAA Regiona
selection, a
chance to prove
themselves
against strong
competition.
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D ily Sports Wiiter
In athletics. consistency is often the
key to success. The Michigan women s
golf team will be looking for that very
thing this weekend at the Indiana
Invitational. The Wolverines will trav el
to Bloomington to play 36 holes of golf
on Saturday and 18 on Sunday.
The Wolverines are hopingtto bounce
back from their 13th-place finish at the
March 23-24 River Wilderness
Invitational, and the biggest key in
accomplishing that may be gaining con-
sistency.

The favorable weather tihat has hit Ann
Arbor in the past week has helped the
Wolverines tremendously-
"We haven't been that viuch on top of
our game,' ?Michigan coach' Kathy
Teichert said. "For preious tourna-
ments, we haven't had the!opportunity to
practice and play outside as much as we
would have liked. But the last week has
been great"'
Participating in this wedkend's tourna-
ment will be golfers Shanon Park, cap-
tain Nicole Green, Laur Hess, Amy
Talbot and Jennifer Baumann.

Aside from the weather, the
Wolverines have been doing individual
work to improve their games. Talbot has
been working on weakening her grip a
bit, improving her lever system and
shorteninig up her swing, Teichert said.
Trish Watkins, who will not be traveling
with the team this weekend, has been try-
int to narrow her stance.
"Each kid has something specific to
work on," Teichert said. "Overall, each
person is working 100 yards in, chipping
around the green and putting. These are
qualities we've been lacking in."
Out of the 16 teams participating in
Bloomington, 10 are from the Big Ten.
Penn State is the only conference team
that will be absent. Although it will not
have much influence on Michigan's
ranking, the tournament should give the
Wolverines a good idea of how they

stack up against the rest of the Big Ten
"For us, it's just another tournament
Teichert said. "It will help us to get a be
ter idea of where we are versus everyor
else. We want to beat a lot of Big Te
schools, but realistically, it's going to b
tough. There are a lot of good schools'
the conference."
So far, Park has been the Wolverine
No. I scorer, a trend Teichert said sh
expects to continue. Nonethe
Teichert said she would like to see oth
members of the team step it up.
"We need senior leadership fro
Nicole Green and Laura Hess, Teiche
said. "I expect them to pick their gam
up a notch. We're giving Jennifer mo
of an opportunity to play. We want to s
how she's going to react in pressure sit
ations, so she can be prepared for the B
Ten Championships."

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