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Page 8--The Michigan Daily- Sports Monday -April 8, 1991
Five blue gymnasts reach nationals

by Charlie Wolfe
Daily Sports Writer
The odyssey continues.
Invading Ohio State's St. John
Arena Saturday night, the Michigan
men's gymnastics team prepared to
do battle with nine other squads for
the East Regional gymnastics
crown. The Big Ten's reputation as
the toughest conference in men's
gymnastics came searing through, as
the top nine teams were from the
conference. Not surprisingly, the
Wolverines' very respectable score
of 275.75 only garnered them eighth
place in the region.
While a score of 280 or more was
rare and usually guaranteed victory
during the conference season, they
were common place Saturday
evening. The Buckeyes made for a
rude host and used the home mat to

their full advantage. Ohio State
posted an astonishing and season-
best score of 285.5, besting Penn
State's equally-outstanding 284.05.
With the top four teams from each
region qualifying for the NCAA
Championships April 18, Iowa
(280.8) and Minnesota (280.75) also
needed to score over 280 to earn
their trips to nationals at Penn
"It was a real close and high-
scoring meet," Michigan coach Bob
Darden said. "There were a couple of
events that we could've and
should've done better on, but this is
a very respectable finish for the
In the all-around competition,
Wolverines Jim Round and Ruben
Ceballos both tied for 19th place

with scores of 55.2, but only the top
12 all-arounders go to national
competition. Adam Carton of Penn
State took the all-around crown
with a score of 57.45.
But even if Michigan can only
take solace in a "respectable" per-
formance from its team or all-
arounders, the quest for some of
Michigan's gymnasts continues.
Five Wolverines earned invitations
to the Nittany Lions' den via their
shining performances on selected
Frosh Ben Verrall is the only
Wolverine that will be competing
in multiple events at nationals,
qualifying in both the floor exercise
(9.55) and vault (combined score of
18.45 for two vaults). Juniors
Glenn Hill (9.65) and Round (9.6)

qualified on their specialty events,
the pommel horse and still rings re-
spectively, and rookie Jorge
Camacho (9.55) will join Verrall in
the floor exercise.
But in what Darden termed "a
heck of a set," frosh Royce Toni
provided the biggest surprise of all,
scoring a 9.7 on the parallel bars.
The stellar performance not only
bought Toni's ticket to Penn State
with his four other teammates, but
gave him a third place finish in the
Especially pleased to have three
of his rookie phenoms qualify for
the NCAA Championships, Darden
said: "It shows we're climbing, not
only competing on a regional level,
but national, too."

Which way to Hawaii?
The Michigan crew team works together to thwart the competition. The co-ed squad had an excellent weekend, defeating Marietta in all the
varsity events at Ford Lake in Ypsilanti. Next week, the team heads to South Bend, Ind., to take on Notre Dame.

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'M' gymnast Wendy Wilkinson practi
competition. Wilkinson and teammat
becoming Michigan's first regional qt
'M' gymn
season at:
by Andy Stabile
Daily Sports Writer
As all good things must come to
an end, two Wolverine gymnasts
competed this weekend at NCAA
regional competition and brought
the Michigan women's gymnastics
team's record breaking season to a
At Auburn University, frosh
Wendy Wilkinson and sophomore
Allison Winski put the finishing
touches on five months of competi-
tion by finishing 19th and 21st, re-
spectively, in a field of 70 all-
around gymnasts. Wilkinson scored
37.4 and Winski tallied 37.225.
Alabama's Deedee Foster won the
all-around with a score of 39.375.
The meet was won by the
University of Alabama with a score
of 195.575. Host Auburn finished
second in the seven team field, fol-
lowed by LSU.
The Michigan contingent was
very pleased with the outcome of
the meet.
"We were excited to get to re-
gionals and do well there," Mich-
igan assistant coach Megan Shields
said. "Our girls did great, we had a
blast, and we're real excited with
how our season came out."
Men swimmM
World Univ
by Ken Sugiura
Daily Sports Writer
Behind a collection of strong in-
dividual performances and a fourth-
place 800-meter freestyle relay,
Michigan finished eighth after



ices in preparation for regional
:e Allison Winski competed there,
ualifiers in 10 years.
asts finish*
Since the two Wolverine gym-
nasts qualified individually, not
with a team, they competed sepa-
rately with teams that did qualify.
Wilkinson competed with runner-
up Auburn and Winski with fifth-
place Northern Illinois.
"This is a very tough competi-
tion," Wolverine coach Bev Fry
said. "As individuals, it's harder to
do a great job because you don't have
the team support."
However, what the Wolverines
may have lacked in team support,
they made up for in crowd support.
"They had dynamic floor rou-
tines," Shields said. "The crowd
was really with them and that was
helpful. It was kind of an eye-opener
for these people to see Michigan
The two Wolverines saw their
highest level of competition all
year as the top three teams all quali-
fied for NCAAs - the Crimson
Tide will go into the meet as the
first seed.
"At this level of competition,
having gymnasts compete at this
meet is like a football team getting
a bowl-bid." Shields said. "It was
just a great event for Michigan gym-
ers try for
ersity Games.
Saturday's competition with 93
points in the U.S. Swimming Spring
Senior National Championships in
Senior Mike Barrowman, swim-
ming for his home club of Curl-
Burke, garnered a victory in the 200
breaststroke and a second place in
the 100 breaststroke, with times of
2:12.61 and 1:02.12, respectively. 0
Junior Eric Namesnik claimed a
second place of his own, in the 400

individual medley, with a 4:19.50
Brian Gunn in the 200 butterfly,
Eric Wunderlich in the 100 breast-
stroke and the 800 freestyle relay
team all placed fourth in their re-
spective events.
Because the meet served as try-
outs for the World University
Games, the Wolverines represented
both their personal clubs and the
At the meet, Stanford's Janet
Evans and Tennessee's Melvin
Stewart,both announced they were
renouncing their eligibility.
The decisions came in light of the
NCAA's decision to limit weekly
practice time and the necessity to
train for the 1992 Olympic Games.
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