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Page 6-The Michigan Daily-WSports Monday-March 1M, 1991

Gymnasts stumble


by Jeff Williams
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan women's gymnas-
tics team went into Iowa hoping to
better their chances of qualifying for
the final spot in the Regional
Championships. After Saturday's
188.95-184.9 loss, the squad left
hoping that the one-tenth of a point
gap with Wisconsin had not
Although the Wolverines per-
formed well, their scores on Iowa's
home floor did not indicate it.
"The way the judging went, we
just weren't able to get the scores,"
Michigan coach Bev Fry said. "(The
judges) held our scores down. We did
not get the same kind of scores that
Iowa was getting."
Iowa's Lori Cole won the all-
around competition with a score of
38.22. The Wolverines took fourth
through seventh places. Wendy
Wilkinson was the top finisher for
Michigan at 37.05.
The Wolverines received their
best scores in the floor exercise. All-
arounders Allison Winsky and
Wilkinson paced Michigan with
scores of 9.65 and 9.6, respectively.
Tammy Crocker and Nichole
Simpson also scored well on the
uneven bars.
"Our first three events went all
right, then the beam came," said

Winsky. "We did not do well."
Despite the poor judging, the
Wolverines were on their way to set-
ting another school record, but the
balance beam proved to be a major
stumbling block. All four all-
arounders had falls in the last event.
"It was a very stressful meet,"
Fry said. "They had been doing a
good job, but weren't getting the
scores. It puts a lot more pressure on
them at that point."
The regionals, held April 6-7,
will feature the top seven teams in
the region. Before Saturday, the
Wolverines were in eighth place in.
the region behind Wisconsin, and
ahead of Michigan State. Because the
Wolverines did not better their com-
posite score against Iowa, qualifying
for the regionals will be much more
"I hope our score will be high
enough to stay in that eighth spot,
so we don't have to beat two teams
to get in," Fry said.
The Wolverines final home meet
will be next weekend when they host
MSU and Central Michigan. They
will be looking for good scores to
move them up in the standings.
"The next couple of weeks will
be very important for building our
confidence up again," Winsky said.
"We also need to get our average up;
for the regionals."

The Big Ten Championship will
be held March 22-23, and will be the
Wolverines final chance to qualify
for the regionals.
"I'm very confident of our
chances," Fry said. "Physically, they
can do it. In a neutral facility like
the Big Tens, on the same floor,
with the same judges, hopefully
things will even out. We can defi-
nitely finish in the top three.

"We're not going to let ourselves
get down because this (loss) hap-
pened at the end of the season. If it.
had happened at the beginning of the
season, we wouldn't have thought.
twice about it.
"I'm going to go in and instill in-
them a lot of confidence that they are
still capable of accomplishing the.
goals they've set."

M gymnasts beat.,-.
Kent State & mat

Michigan gymnast Wendy Wilkinson performs the balance beam earlier
in the season against Ohio State. Wilkinson, who placed fourth in
Saturday's loss to Iowa, was the leading scorer for the Wolverines with
37.05 points.

Barrowman competes
for Sullivan in Indy
by Ken Sugiura
Daily Sports Writer
To make a trip to Indianapolis interesting is quite a task. Tonight, con-
tinuing a string of remarkable feats, Mike Barrowman will do the inconceiv-
able when he makes his second consecutive significant trip to the city.
Two weeks ago, he traveled to Indianapolis with his fellow Wolverines
to compete in the Big Ten Championships, which they subsequently won.
Tonight, he will make it two in a row when he again voyages to Indy, this
time for the presentation of the 1990 Sullivan Award.
The James E. Sullivan Memorial Award, presented by the Amateur Ath-
letic Union (AAU), is given annually to the nation's premier amateur ath-
lete. January 14, the AAU named Barrowman one of ten finalists for the
award. Other finalists include speedskater Bonnie Blair and Notre Dame's
Pyschology Career Fair
Wednesday, March 13
4 pm-7 pm
guest speakers 5 pm-6 pm
Pendleton Room,
Michigan Union
sponsored by Psi Chi & Undcrgrad. Psych. Society
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Raghib Ismail.
While he hopes to take home the prize, Barrowman said he is contentI
with finalist status, stating "top ten is an honor in itself."
The Sullivan Award, named in honor of the founder of the AAU, is pre-
sented to the athlete who has shown superior performance and has also ex-
hibited quality of character and embodied the ideals of amateurism.
Barrowman, originally nominated on the basis of being runner-up for thee
U.S. Olympic Committee's Sportsman-of-the-Year award, has a sparkling
resume which should merit consideration from members of the AAU and thet
media, which vote on the award.
Over 1990, Barrowman, who was named U.S. Swimming's Swimmer-
of-the-Year, set the 200-meter breaststroke world record for the fourth time,t
and set the American record in the 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA
Championships in leading Michigan to a fourth-place finish. In addition, he
is this year's team captain and sports a 3.5 GPA as an English major.
VANTASSELL MAKES CUT: With his teammates cheering him on,
rookie Rodney VanTassell made the NCAA qualifying-time in the 200-yard
freestyle in a time trial Sunday morning. VanTassell hit the wall in
1:36.80, under the standard of 1:37.27.
"Everything fell into place like I thought it was going to," he said.
Last week, at the Big Ten Championships, VanTassell missed the cut by
.22 of a second in the 200 freestyle, and missed the 100 freestyle cut by .65
of a second. The performances came as big disappointments because
VanTassell entered the competition fully expecting to make the cut.
Sunday, disappointment turned to delight as VanTassell rode the wave of
supporting teammates in making the cut. In fact, VanTassell made sure to
turn to breath toward his teammates on deck so he could see them cheering.
"It was just great to have the team supporting me," he said.
By qualifying in the 200 freestyle, VanTassell also qualified for the 100
and 500 freestyles under the optional cut, which is a slower standard set for
swimmers who qualify in a different event.

by Rob Siegel
Daily Sports Writer
The Michigan men's gymnas-
tics team didn't set any new
school records yesterday against
Kent State. It didn't even score
well enough to improve its qualify-
ing position for the NCAAs. In
fact, Michigan's score of 272.2
was one of its lowest in recent
Yet the Wolverines' perfor-
mance yesterday was one of their
most impressive of the season.
After a surprisingly poor show-
ing in the first event, the team
came back to dominate Kent State
in the remaining five. In doing so,
the team showed the intensity and
poise that is characteristic of a top
Michigan began the competi-
tion with a 44.45 on floor exercise,,
almost three full points lower than
its season average in the event.
Part of what caused the low scores
was the condition of the Kent
State mat. Nearly half the thick-
ness of typical mats, it was de-
scribed by Michigan gymnasts as
everything from "rock hard" to
"outdated" to "unforgiving."
But what contributed most to
the low scores was the gymnasts'
allowing the condition of the mat
to get to them.
"Yes, it was bad," Michigan

co-captain Matt Harrison said,
"But we really let it bother
more than we should have." .
Among those it got to was first--
year gymnast George Camacho.
"I usually get around 9.5 on
floor," he said.""Yesterday I got at
7.7. That's bad.",i
After the event, the team held,a
meeting to regroup. Whatever was
said by coach Bob Darden appatr
ently worked, as the Wolverins9
won four of the five remaining.
Among other highlights werew
Ruben Ceballos' 9.65 on the pom'v
mel horse, Royce Toni's 9.6 on the .
still rings, and Toni's 9.3 on the
parallel bars. In the all -around,,
competition Michigan showed it,
depth, landing three of its gym
nasts- Toni, Harrison, and Jinm-
Round- in the top four.
While the narrow victory didn't,
do much for Michigan's NCAAr
qualifying scores, it did wonders.
for team confidence.
"After coming back from floar,
exercise," Camacho said, "wo
proved to ourselves just how strong,
we are."
"It shows we've got a lot f
depth," co-captain Round said
"This team couldn't have cone*
back like that a few years ago. W
have much more talent now."


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