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1988 was ‘perfect’
Allen says 1989 could be better
By Richard Cooper
This year has been a good one for
Nebraska men’s gymnastics coach
In April, he won his sixth NCAA
On Aug. 5, former Nebraska gym
nasts Scott Johnson, Wes Suter and
Kevin Davis earned spots on the 1988
United States Olympic Team. Also
making the team was Comhusker
recruit Lance Ringnald. Former Ne
braska gymnastTom Schlesinger will
travel with the team to Seoul as an
Allen said those accomplishments
helped make 1988 a “perfect” year for
“Nothing has gone wrong for us
this year,” Allen said. “Everything
started last summer at the Pan Ameri
can Games and has just continued to
roll. We won the NCAA Champion
ship, signed Lance (Ringnald) and
now we have five Nebraskans going
to the Olympics.”
Allen, who is entering his 20th
year as the Nebraska men’s gymnas
tics coach, said 1989 could be better.
Even though he lost Schlesinger and
Davis to graduation, the Huskers re
turn eight Icltermen from last years
NCAA Championship squad. And
with the addition of Ringnald, Allen
said, the Huskers have a chance of
repeating as NCAA champions.
Ringnald, who will be eligible to
compete for Nebraska in the spring,
has the potential to be better then
former Nebraska gymnast Jim Har
tung, Allen said.
Hartung, who competed for the
Huskers from 1979 to 1982, won
seven NCAA individual titles and led
Nebraska to four-straight NCAA
“I don’t believe I’ve ever said this
before but Lance potentially could be
better than Hartung,” Allen said.
“This kid is best high -bar person I’ve
ever seen coming out of high school
and he’s pretty good on the floor
“He has a very good shot of win
ning the NCAA all-around title this
Allen said Ringnald and Suter
surprised people by making the
Olympic team. Suter made the team
through hard work and dedication,
Suter won the NCAA all-around
title in 1985 and won the 1986 Nissen
Award, presented annually to the
nation’s best senior collegiate gym
Butin 1987 Suter finished a disap
pointing 11th at the United States
Championships. Because of that fin
ish, Suter said, he increased the inten
sity of his workouts.
“Most of the time in workouts you
just go through your routines and then
go home,” Suter said. “But I decided
that I would put a lot of pressure on
myself in practice like it was a meet
situation in the Olympic trials.”
Johnson, who will be making ms
second trip to the Olympics after
earning a berth on the 1984 U.S.
Olympic gold medal team, said this
year’s competition will be the last
meet of his career. He said this year’s
Olympic team is better than the 1984
team, although it lacks international
“This team has more talent, but it s
a much younger team,” Johnson said.
“I think that’s pretty much the differ
ence between our team and the 1984
team. We have some guys on the team
that have never been to the World
Championships before and have
never competed against the world’s
Allen said the 1988 Olympic team
is well-balanced and has a good
chance of winning a bronze medal.
The Americans must perform well
in the compulsories to be in conten
tion for the bronze, Allen said. If they
get into the top six in that area, they
will have a good shot at winning a
medal, he said.
Allen said Davis has a great shot of
winning a gold medal on the pommel
horse. Davis finished first at the trials
in the pommel horse with a combined
score of 19.5.
Davis, who finished third at the
trials in the all-around, said making
the Olympic team is a dream come
“Ever since last year when 1 fin
ished fourth at the U.S. Champion
ships my goal was to stay in the top
five,” he said.
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down as women’s
By Lori Griffin
Former Nebraska tennis player
Gregg Calvin has replaced Kerry
McDermott as the Comhuskcr wo
men’s tennis coach. McDermott, who
coached both the men’s and women’s
teams last season, will remain as the
Calvin, who played at Nebraska in
1979and 1980, has been tennis direc
tor at the Lincoln Racquet Club for
the last six years after serving as a
volunteer assistant with the Nebraska
men’s team during the 1981-82 sea
son. Calvin also competed for Be
thany (Kan.) College for two years
prior to becoming a Husker.
Calvin, from McCook, said he’s
happy to be back at Nebraska, al
though he never anticipated coaching
at the collegiate level.
“At the Racquet Club I coached
mostly junior players,” Calvin said.
. “My main interest was the advanced
kids, the kids who played tourna
ments. I never really thought about
anything else until I got the job here.”
Calvin said the women’s team will
improve greatly with the addition of
three recruits — Leslie Sue Jones
from Ofallon, III., Rachel Collins
from Thousand Oaks, Calif., and
Kathrin Edelkottcr from West Ger
Coupled with the recruits is a
strong group of returnees, including
Ildiko Guba, who was last season’s
No. 1 singles player.
The Huskers also return Nancy
Tyggum, who finished second in No.
3 singles in the Big Eight. Anne
Stephens, a walk-on from Lincoln,
will be the Huskcr’s only senior.
Calvin said he will emphasize the
importance of practice.
“We will be striving for mental
toughness and consistency through
out the season,” he said. “We just
want the team to give 100 percent and
we won’t worry about the wins and
“I just look for the girls to do well,”
The Huskers will open the season
Friday in the Nebraska Open Tourna
ment at Dewey Park in Omaha.
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