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NU gymnasts seek
By Gregg Madsen
For the first time in 17 years, the
Nebraska men’s gymnastics team will
not be competing for the national title
at the NCAA Championships.
And even though five Husker gym
nasts qualified individually to travel to
Stanford, Calif., for the championship
meet today through Saturday, Coach
Francis Allen and the Comhuskers are
unsure how it'will feel to have no
chance of a team title.
The Huskers, slowed by injuries to
sophomore all-arounder Jim Koziol
and freshman J.D. Reive, finished
fourth behind California, Stanford and
Oklahoma in the April 13 NCAA West
Regional at the Bob Devaney Sports
“I’m over feeling sorry for myself,”
Allen said, “but I have no idea how it
is going to feel. For the past 17 years,
I never even worried about the indi
vidual finals, but now I am.”
All of the Husker qualifiers have a
chance to finish in the top five of their
event, Allen said.
The best chance for an individual
national title may be junior Ted Harris
in the still rings. Harris is ranked sec
ond in the nation in the event this year.
“It will be different,” Harris said.
“I won’t be motivated for the team,
but I’mstill goingtodo the best I can.”
Senior Jason Christie and sopho
more Bill Mulholland will compete in
the all-around. Husker gymnasts Ri
chard Grace and Dennis Harrison won
the last two all-around national titles.
“The whole year, I didn’t really
have individual goals,” Christie said.
“So after last week I kind of changed
my goals to being able to hit my rou
Christie said the team had still been
able to set one goal. The Huskers want
to have the best team score in the
pommel horse, where four Huskers
qualified. The NCAA does not award
championships for team events, but
Christie said it would still be a great
If Nebraska does have the top team
score in the pommel horse, Marshall
Nelson will be partially responsible.
The freshman from Greeley, Colo.,
will compete on the pommel horse
and the horizontal bar.
Sophomore Don Kinison, a quali
fier in the floor exercise, also could
finish in the top 10, Allen said.
Kinison scored a 9.6 on the floor at
the West Regional.
Gymnastics’ big three
aim for national title
By Gregg Madsen
TUSCALOOSA, Ala.— Sarah
Patterson, the coach of the Alabama
women’s gymnastics team, has high
goals for her team.
One of those goals is to win the
national championship this weekend.
The other goal is a little bigger.
“We’re tryingto make this the gym
nastics capital of the world,” she said.
Patterson often speaks to state and
community groups, and at the end of
every speech, she makes the same of
“I tell them that if they come to one
of our home meets and don’t enjoy it,”
she said, “I’ll pay for their ticket. I’ve
never had to buy one back.”
As the host of this week’s NCAA
Championships, Alabama is one of the
favorites to capture the national cham
Alabama has become a women’s
gymnastics dynasty in the 18yearsthat
Patterson has coached here, winning
titles in 1988 and 1991. And earlier
this month at the NCAA Central Re
gional, the Crimson Tide set a new
NCAA record with a score of198.075.
Since the NCAA began to sponsor
women’s gymnastics in 1982, Utah
has won nine national titles and Geor
gia has won three. No team outside the
big three has ever won a champion
“It’s only a matter of time until a
team breaks through this Alabama,
Georgia, Utah thing and wins,” Utah
coach Greg Marsden said. “There are
teams here that are capable of doing it
if one of us makes mistakes.”
Marsden, Patterson and Georgia
coach Suzanne Yoculan agreed that
this year’s field was one of the tough
No. 1 seed Alabama will face No. 3
Utah at 7 p.m. today in the odd-seed
bracket, while No. 2 Georgia will com
pete in the even-seed bracket, which
begins at 1 p.m. The top three finishers
in each bracket will advance to the
Super Six, Friday at 7 p.m.
Alabama will be led by senior all
arounder Kim Kelly, who won the all
around at the Central Regional with a
A strong challenge for the crown
could come from No. 4 Michigan,
which shared the 1995 national run
ner-up spot with Alabama.
The Wolverines, who defeated Utah
earlier this season, have battled inju
ries to seven of its top 12 gymnasts, but
Coach Bev Plocki said her team was
poised to make a run at the top spot.
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fill the hole for Nebraska on the bal
ance beam. That event has been a
weak spot for the 16-3 Huskers all
But Husker assistant coach Rob
Drass said the team was ready to put
together a flawless performance on
. the beam.
“I’d say the last three or four meets
we’ve been really been putting bal
ance beam together,” he said. “We
haven’t been able to have it in the
meets, but we’ve been doing it in
Kendig said the Huskers had a good
practice Wednesday and were relaxed
in the championship setting.
“We’re all pretty calm,” she said.
“We know we’re going to do good, so
were not nervous.”
Junior all-arounder Shelly Bartlett
said the pressure at the NCAA meet is
not as bad as the pressure at the April
13 Midwest Regional.
Bartlett was second in the all
around at regionals, tying Joy Taylor’s
two-week-old school-record perfor
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decision to release him. In a telephone
interview from New Jersey, she said
her son wasdoingwell considering the
roadblock thrown into his professional
Peter is staying with his parents
near Locust, N.J., but was not home
Wednesday evening. His mother said
he was notified about the Patriots’
decision by his agent, Ralph Cindrich.
“Unfortunately, we did not have
in formation regarding Christian Peter’s
record at the time we made our draft
selection,” said Bobby Grier, the Pa
triots’ player personnel director.
His mother said the Patriots had to
know about her son’s criminal inci
“I think that was pretty widely pub
licized,” she said. “I don’t know who
would not have known about it. It’s all
been discussed. We’ve all been pretty
open about it.”
Peter, 23, pleaded guilty in 1994 to
third-degree assault of Natalie
Kuijvenhoven, a former Miss Ne
braska, and served 18 months on pro
He also has been arrested on suspi
cion of disturbing the peace, trespass
ing, urinating in public, refusing to
comply with the order of a policeman
and third-degree assault for threaten
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