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vs. Saginaw Valley State
Today, 3 p.m.
Fisher Stadium


Men's Volleyball
vs. Notre Dame
Friday, 7:30 p.m.

The Michigan Daily

Tuesday, March 26, 1991

Page 9

Young 'M' squad
*rows at B Tens
by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
The season is over. Finally over.
This weekend the Michigan women's gymnastics team finished its sea-
son. A wonderful record breaking season; a long draining season.
The Wolverines achieved their preseason goal of a top three finish at
this year's Big Ten championships. Just two years ago Michigan was the
doormat of Big Ten gymnastics. Now it's a team on the move, a team that
ade noise this year, and a team with high expectations for next year.
But that's not the whole story.
In a season where they broke records and opened eyes, this team always
wanted more. Throughout the season the Wolverines competed and im-
proved and soon they realized that a Big Ten title was within reach. They
realized that they were contenders. Slowly and quietly a conference cham-
pionship became their goal - their obsession. As the end of the season
grew near, it encompassed them. They wore it on their faces, and it wore on
This Michigan team was one that was in the midst of resurrecting a pro-
gram. Coming off the regular season, these gymnasts had just finished pick-
*ng up the pieces of years past. Eyeing the 1991 Big Ten Championships, the
Wolverines hoped to put them all back together again. In the end it may
have been too much.
At the Big Tens, Michigan broke its sixth school record of the season,
188.0 points - more than three points higher than their best score from
last year. The Wolverines' third place finish met their preseason goal. They
had (and have) every reason to be completely satisfied with their perfor-
Yet with all the Wolverines had accomplished at that meet, each gym-
nast knew one thing: the 1991 Big Ten title was within reach, but slipped
away between their fingertips.
The Wolverines had been riding a wave of success all year, and the wave
wouldn't carry them any further. To win the Big Ten title, the Wolverines
needed to go to the meet and compete at a higher level than they had all sea-
son. The score said the team performed better than ever, but the faces
showed that their best performances didn't make the trip to Champaign.
How many times have friends asked, "How did you do this weekend?"
Only to hear, "Oh we did really well, but..."
But what? What happened to the Wolverines at this meet that kept
them from winning the title?
The Wolverines just hadn't been there before. In establishing a winning
*rogram, the success always came with the improvement. Now, to estab-
. lish a championship program, success will come with winning. For the
first time, Michigan had to compete with a higher intensity to win. They
needed to have the carrot dangled in front of them. They needed the experi-
ence. Now they know what it takes to reach the carrot.
The seed has been planted. Since the team's return from this year's con-
ference championships, talk hasn't focused on the short off-season at hand,
but about next year. No one questions this team's desire, no one ever did.
This season's accomplishments speak for themselves. But now that the
Wolverines have smelled a championship, the desire to taste it can only
row - until it's satisfied.
That kind of desire is what the Wolverines needed last weekend and
didn't have. But when the 1992 season commences, the Michigan women's
gymnastics team will have lost no one to graduation and will know what
it takes to be champions.

Blue to miss hitters
in Saginaw contest
by David Schechter

Daily Baseball Writer

If it's spring, it must be time for
baseball. Unless you play football
and baseball. Then it's time for
The Michigan starting lineup
will be without the services of out-
fielders Pat Maloney and Nate
Holdren who will miss the game
against Saginaw Valley State
University at Fisher Stadium this
afternoon on account of spring
football practices.
The Wolverines will miss the
bats of Maloney and Holdren who
contribute to Michigan's offensive
game. However, they will return in
time for Wednesday's game against
Western Michigan.
Starting on the mound for the
Wolverines will be Dennis
Konuszewski, the third arm in
Michigan's rotation. The sopho-
more's most recent appearance was
against Bowling Green in last
Wednesday's home opener. He was
credited with the 9-4 victory.
Konuszewski was 3-3 as a rookie
with a 4.30 ERA. He threw one
complete game last season against
Eastern Michigan, collecting a 3-1
victory. He also totaled 35 strike-

outs in 52.3 innings of work, rank-
ing him fourth on the team.
Michigan is coming off of a
Saturday split with Eastern
Michigan. Though foul weather
played a heavy role in the defensive
tone of the weekend games, tomor-
row's sunshine should bring out the
Wolverine bats.
Unfortunately for Michigan, it
will again be without the bat of in-
jured first baseman Andy Fairman.
Fairman was the Wolverines sec-
ond-leading hitter in 1990 with a.
.315 batting average.
"Andy is a key to our lineup,"
Michigan coach Bill Freehan said.
"He'll take some soft tosses in
practice to see how he feels."
Freehan noted what the com-
bined absences of Fairman and
Holdren will mean to his team:
"When you lose your fifth and
sixth hitter your offense kind of
takes a little nose dive."
Today's game will mark the first
meeting between the Wolverines
and the Cardinals. True to his phi-
losophy, Freehan won't be as con-
cerned with what the Cardinals can
do, but more with what the
Wolverines can do.

Michigan pitcher Dennis Konuszewski, shown last week against Bowling
Green, pitches today against Saginaw Valley State at Fisher Stadium.

NCAA confirms guilt of Michigan baseball,

by David Schechter
Daily Baseball Writer
Michigan baseball will once
again be involved in post-season
play come next season.
The NCAA Committee on
Infractions issued its final report
yesterday regarding NCAA rule vi-
olations committed by the
Michigan baseball program.
The report agreed with the find-
ings of the joint investigation car-
ried out by the Michigan Athletic
Department and the Big Ten. The
penalties include the elimination of
one assistant coach, the prohibition
of off-campus recruiting activities
by the team, the elimination of all
expense-paid campus visits for po-
tential recruits, and a reduction in
the number of scholarships the team
can grant. All the sanctions from
the NCAA are the same sanctions
issued last season by the joint re-

Michigan coach Bill Freehan was
not surprised with the committee's
"Basically I'm relieved that the
final decision has come down,"
Freehan said. "Though I would have
liked to see a reduction in the
penalties I'm satisfied to see no
"We can proceed with the
knowledge that the investigation is
finally over and the report has been
The University, immediately
following the original joint inves-
tigation, admitted its guilt in the
situation and enforced all the penal-
ties for which the committee called.
By doing so, most of the penalties
handed down by the NCAA will be
fulfilled at the completion of this
season. The only remaining sanction
regards scholarships. Michigan will
be limited to 11 scholarships as op-
posed to the standard 13. The team is

limited to 10 for this year.
Michigan was praised for its
complete cooperation in the investi-
gation, and for its decision to pay
the penalties handed down by its
joint report with the Big Ten before
the NCAA issued its final ruling.
Bud Middaugh, Michigan's pre-
vious baseball coach under whom
the infractions were committed,
was reprimanded by the NCAA
committee for attempting to im-
pede the investigation of his team.
The NCAA issued a statement say-
"Nor can there be any acceptable
excuse for the head coach attempt-
ing to persuade present and former
team members to recant testimony
that they had given... attempting to
cause others not to cooperate in the
investigations and requesting others
to provide deliberately false state-
Among other things, Middaugh

was found guilty by the NCAA of
providing cash and other financial
assistance to his players. By com-
pensating some of his team with
funds from program sales, and pay-
ing wages for employment on cam-
pus that sometimes was not even
performed, Middaugh violated
NCAA rules.
Though the violations did not
occur under the tenure of current
university president James J.
Duderstadt, the current administra-
tion has taken full responsibility
for the actions of the baseball team.
In a press release, Duderstadt
said, "We have taken the steps we
believe are necessary to make sure
violations will never occur again in
any of our athletic programs."
Duderstadt completed his state-
ment by saying, "We want now to
return to our most basic principle;
at Michigan, the right way is the
only way."

Washington pays visit to the Palace ||||

Tumblers head for Auburn

by Becky Weiss
Daily Sports Writer
After bypassing his junior and
senior seasons at the University of
Michigan in favor of the profes-
ional circuit, Malivai Washington
will compete as close to Ann Arbor
as he has in two years when he plays
in an exhibition doubles match
tonight at The Palace of Auburn
Washington and his partner, U.S.
.open champion and sixth ranked
Pbte Sampras, will challenge a team
*of Aaron Krickstein and Tim
Despite his short-lived two year
career, Washington enjoyed much
success at Michigan. He compiled a
73-18 overall record and was 19-1 in
Big Ten competition. He was named
Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Year in
1988 and left Michigan as the No. 1
player in his age bracket in the coun-
try as a sophomore.
In his first full year on the pro-
fessional circuit, Washington
climbed more than 100 spots to
move into the top 100 in singles.

With only a collegiate tournament
title to his credit, Washington em-
phatically defeated Ivan Lendl in
the third round of the Volvo
International in New Haven in
straight sets.
Known for his mental toughness
on the court, Washington's first
comment after the 6-2, 6-3 victory
was a complaint that his first name
was pronounced wrong by one of the
announcers. (It's pronounced Mal-a-
Now ranked No. 85 in the world,
Washington's latest success story
was his semifinal finish in the
Volvo/Chicago tournament this
February. He finally ran into John
McEnroe in his semifinal match,
who hadn't dropped a set the entire
week of the tournament, but was
tested by Washington from start to
"I wanted him to try to take the.
attack away," said Brian Gottifried,
Director of the ATP tour, who fre-
quently works with Washington.

"And not be afraid to go to
McEnroe's forehand."
Washington broke McEnroe
three times in the first set, but
McEnroe recovered with three
breaks of his own to force a
tiebreaker in which he came out on
top, 10-8. The second set was also
decided by a tiebreaker, this one
Washington took, 7-3. McEnroe fi-
nally caught his stride to finish off
the third set, 6-4.
"He (McEnroe) lifted his game a
notch, which happens with top play-
ers," Gottifried said. "In crunch
time, they can lift up their game."
Gottifried also said Washington
is trying new strategies and work-
ing on recognizing when a particular
style is not working. He feels the
tournament in Auburn Hills will
give Washington needed doubles
play and will help him experiment
with style against top-ranked play-

Although the season has ended
for the Michigan women's gymnas-
tics team, two member's of the
Wolverine squad recieved word last
night that they had qualified for
NCAA regional competition to be
held at Auburn University on the
weekend of April 5th.
Wendy Wilkinson, who is the
Big Ten all-around co-champion and
was named Big Ten first-year gym-
nast of the meet, finished with the
third highest regional composite of
37.75 (average all-around score
compiled throughout the season).
Joining Wilkinson at the meet will
ss cc s

be sophomore, Allison Winski,
who's composite score (37.55)
placed her fifth in the region.
Along with the top seven teams
in the region, the top seven all--
around gymnasts qualify for the

Former Michigan tennis standout
Malivai Washington concentrates
on hitting a ball during practice
two seasons ago. Tonight, at the
Palace of Auburn Hills,
Washington will play doubles
competition. He's paired with Pete
Sampras against the team of Tim
Wilkison and Aaron Krickstein.

-Andy Stabile
Look your best
for Easter!!
*6 Barber Stylists
*No waiting
Dascola Stylists
opposite Jacobson's 668-9329



Christ's Answer To Racism
Open forum to discuss this
issue Tuesday night, March 26,
7-9 p.m. at the Michigan

Ilene H. Fo
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of the History of Art
1991 Warner G. Rice Humanities Award Recipient
The Ivory Tower:
Monastic Metaphor
at Michigan
March 26
From Cloister to Quadrangle
"It will not do to make the
Law Quad a legal monastery. "
April 2
The Maing of the
I aw Omi t MIe-hvonn!

nm -A T'1 MTTT r " A M 5lrQ' 0 On Irrrfrrrt

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