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The Michigan Daily - SportsMonday - March 13, 2000 - 7B

not in the
zone: Divers
fail to qualifly
Bk ft*min Singr
Daily Sports Writer
Four Michigan divers - three from the women's team
and one from the men's - 'went into the Diving Zone C meet
to earn a spot in the NCAAs. None of them did.
. Walking away empty handed was not only a disappoint-
ment, but a surprise for the Wolverines.
Men's senior tri-captain Josh Trexler advanced to the
NCAAs for the first time last season, where he earned an
honorable mention All-America in the three-meter dive, and
It good coming into the meet this weekend.
"I was fairly confident (about qualifying)," Trexler said.
"I did well at the Big Tens and that was a good measuring
stick."
After finishing eighth in both the one- and three-meter
dives though, Trexler felt that his days as a diver for Michigan
were probably over.
"After the one-meter, I started to think this is it' Trexler
said. "I had a pretty nice ride. I have no regrets."
Despite no Wolverines qualifying, Michigan diving coach
Dick Kimball said that his team performed well. He also
*oted an improvement by the women.
"Our girls did well this weekend," Kimball said. "They
dived better than in the Big Ten."
Senior Hanna Shin led the Wolverines in all three events.
Shin and junior Amanda Crews placed ninth and tenth
respectively in the platform dive. Trexler also finished in the
top ten on the tower for the men, coming in fifth. Junior
Theresa DeSitter made her first appearance in a zone meet,
coming in 27th in the one-meter and 21st in the three-meter.
The only way divers can represent their school in the
NCAAs is to place in the top six at the zone meet.
"In diving you get one chance to make the cut," Kimball

Diving through the season.
Even though the four Michigan divers competing in the
Diving Zone C this past weekend did not qualify for the
NCAAs, they have many accomplishments to be proud of this
season.
Senior Josh Trexler
Qualified for the NCAA Zone Meet in the one-meter springboard,
three-meter springboard and platform events.
* Placed in the top five in each of the diving events to help his team
win a Big Ten Conference title.
* Named Big Ten Conference Diver of the Week five times this season.
Senior Hanna Shin
Qualified for the NCAA Zone Meet in the one-meter springboard,
three-meter springboard and platform events.
* Finished 18th in the Big Ten Conference Championships in three-
meter diving, and fifth in platform diving.
Junior Amanda Crews
Qualified for the NCAA Zone Meet in the one-meter springboard,
three-meter springboard and platform events..
Finished 1th in the Big Ten Conference Championships inthree-
meter diving and sixth in exhibition platform diving.
Junior Theresa DeSitter
* Qualified for the NCAA Zone Meet in the one-meter springboard,
three-meter springboard and platform events.
Finished 21st in the three-meter diving at the Big Ten Conference
Championships.
said. "The nature of this meet is really difficult.'
Kimball pointed out that diving well in the Big Ten
Championships doesn't get you anywhere as far as reaching
the NCAAs is concerned.
He cited as an example the women divers of Ohio State
who took the one- and three-meter dive at the conference
championship.
Neither one qualified this weekend.
"Things change from week to week in diving," Kimball
said. "You have a hot meet and question, 'Can I do it again?"'
Trexler does not feel that he had a poor meet, but others
just had bettef days.
"I think the biggest disappointment is that I won't be able
to put the Michigan suit on anymore and represent
Michigan," Trexler said. "I didn't picture myself going out
this way."

PBA: Weber, you're
out of your element

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - Pete Weber
has been suspended for the remainder
of the 2000 season by the Professional
Bowlers Association for "conduct
unbecoming a professional" during a
Tour event in the fall in Bay City,
Michigan.
The Hall of Famer also was fined and
will not be eligible for any PBA nation-
al, regional or invitational tournaments.
Following the nine-month suspension,
Weber, 37, will remain on probation for
18 months. *
Weber, who has had a history of con-
duct problems, already was on proba-
tion for an incident in Seattle in 1996
and has served five suspensions during
his career. PBA commissioner Mark
Gerberich said Weber was disciplined
for excessive profanity.
"He had very bad behavior in front of
the crowd," Gerberich said.
"He was on probation. When you're
on probation and you have conduct
unbecoming a professional, you are
automatically suspended and the com-
missioner determines the length."
Weber, who trails only Walter Ray

Williams Jr. on the PBA's all-time
money list with more than $2.2 million,
had appealed the suspension to
Gerberich, but the decision was upheld.
Weber was suspended for three
months in 1998 and Gerberich said the
latest penalty was more severe because
of repeated violations.
"When you set a sentence, no matter
what the circumstances are, you have to
look at the track record," Gerberich
said.
Weber, the 1980 PBA Rookie of the
Year, ranks seventh in career titles with
25.
He is one victory behind his father,
Dick Weber, Mike Aulby and Don
Johnson, who are tied for fourth on the
all-time list.
Weber was inducted into the PBA
Hall of Fame in 1998 in his first year of
eligibility and joins Aulby, Billy
Hardaway and Johnny Petraglia as the
only players to win bowling's Triple
Crown.
The three events are the Tournament
of Champions, the PBA National
Championship and the U.S. Open.

MEN'S
Continued from Page 1B
The Wolverines' 36.1 score on high
bar provides a scary prospect for, the
tumblers; in the Big Ten and NCAA
championships, the competition will not
allow for slip-ups.
"We can't have one bad event (in the
championship meets)," Golder said.
Golder thinks the narrow win may
inspire a more determined effort in prac-
tice this week.
"This meet puts a big scare into the
guys;" Golder said.
One of the guys who has been follow-
ing Golder's edict for hit consistency has
been Scott Vetere. Friday against
Michigan State, he notched four scores
above 9.8, including a sterling 9.95 per-
formances on the rings and parallel bars.
Vetere is confident that as a team, the
Wolverines will rally from Friday's sus-
pect win to fulfill their season-long
expectations.
"We're going to bring it all together
next week - we're going to get more
aggressive;" Vetere said.
Michigan was without Justin Toman
on Friday, who was held out due to sus-
picion of a slightly strained knee. An
MRI Saturday confirmed the injury.
Next week at Big Tens, he will likely
compete in the all-around, though he
may forego the floor exercise and land
easier dismounts on the other events.

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