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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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By DICK MINTZ of these
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npetition among A.A.U. and frolic n
.A.A. are this Saturday's bill The,
fare at the annual Michigan opening
im Gala.: the first
the Wolverine swim team this for the
it is staging the theme of the squad t
w as, "Wide, Wild World," and the var
er watching the lunatic antics sided m

r

e denizens of the Varsity
u will know why.
ver, all will not be fun and
noted coach Gus Stager.
"Gala" is the traditional
meet of the season and
t as well as the only chance
freshman swimmers on the
o pit their abilities against
sity. This is not the lop-
ismatch it might at first

seem. The freshman since early
September have been directing
their training efforts for this onel
meet.
The varsity has not yet started
to work out in earnest although
Stager reports that the times
they have already recorded have
been exceptionally good. For the
freshmen, this will be their only

opportunity to show the home
crowd what to expect of future
M1'ichigan teams.
outstanding
Filling the varsity ranks this
year are many outstanding sopho-
mores who made their first big
splash at last year's "Gala." And,
of course, such veteran stalwarts
as Dick Hanley, Cy Hopkins, Tony
Tashnick and John Smith will be
on hand. Swim champions from
Canada, Ohio State, Michigan
State and other points east and
west will be in the afternoon's rac-
ing line-up as well.
Diving Featured
Evening activity will feature
comedy diving, tower diving, water
acts, and a bathing beauty con-
test among other attractions
planned and unplanned. Some of

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M O RR ILL SFUN AND HARD WORK-Captain Cy Hopkins and Dick Hanley (upper right) practice, using kickboards, in preparation for this
Saturday's Swim Gala Hanley, Hopkins, the rest of the Michigan team, and swimming champions from throughout the midwest will
314 South State - Since 1908 compete in the "Gala" swim events. Michigan divers, left, center and lower right, practice zany stunts which will provide comic relief
during the meet. The divers will also perform exhibitions of fancy diving and tower diving in the Annual Gala. t
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TONIGHT!
DECEMBER 10
7 to 9:30 P.M.

Jacobson's has set aside this Wednesday night as a time when the male animal
can shop in "peace." All our personnel are doing everything possible to make
Christmas shopping a most pleasant experience for a man - assisting in every way

PORT-HS
~M' Champions
ICHIGAN is never without a champion. Although the Wolverine
football and basketball squads of the past few years have been
ediocre-bordering-on-miserable, one need only look past the head-
ne teams to find a real champion. Seeking a third straight NCAA
own this winter, the 'M' swimming squad has suddenly blossomed
ato a powerhouse that has no match in the nation.
It all happened rather quickly, three years back, when the Wol-
erines backed into the NCAA title room at the Yale pool in New
aven, Conn. I say "backed in" because the 'M' squad had placed
econd behind Michigan State in the Big Ten Meet. However, the
Volverines left no doubt in the nationals, as they walked away with
he crown. It's been the same ever since, as the Michigan group took
oth Conference and National titles last winter.
Don't get me wrong-there has been plenty of competition, both
n the Big Ten and NCAA levels, and will continue to be this year.
Michigan State has both power and depth, and some of the California
chools have top Australian stars, while Yale is always tough. How-
ver, under the tutelage of swimming coach Gus Stager and diving
aentor Bruce Harlan, the Wolverines have both the personnel and
he desire. The team has lost no one from last year's championship
quad, and have gained many talented sophomores; so just guess the
itcome of the big meets this year.
Not Only Swimmers .. .
AND FOR MANY YEARS to come, perhaps. There is no reason to
think that this powerhouse will die soon. Each year the hustle and
ersonality of Stager and Harlan have brought an ever-better crop
if freshmen swimmers and divers to Michigan. Ohio State, the former
owerhouse has finally been replaced. For the past two years the
Michigan swimmers have proved their superiority over the Buckeyes,
end with the exception of the fabulous Don Harper, the 'M' divers
ave also been supreme. Harper has graduated, and the dream of
larlan (a former Buckeye himself) will come true this year: Michi-
an will be the swimming and diving power of the nation.
Real champions they are, but the best is yet to come-they also
ouble as entertainers. You don't believe me? Then you had better
,how up at Varsity Pool this Saturday. In fact, come anyway. The
how will be great. It's not every day that one can see both champions
f the tank and champions of comedy, too. Stager and Harlan will
e showing off their swimmers during the afternoon, and the other
outines will form the evening show. You can't afford to miss either.
(est Meet This W'ee ...
TOME OF THE TEAM MEMBERS have pointed out that the home
fans won't get a good chance to see the 'M' champions in action
his year. There are a total of six home meets besides this Saturday's
xtravaganza, but only one of them against top competition. The Big
Cen Relays, which usually pits Michigan against Michigan State in
"warm-up" for the Conference Meet, isn't run like a regular contest
rnd there is no official team title. The other home meets aren't
gainst such rugged opponents, and should generally be 'M' run-
Lways.
Of course, no matter who the opponent, the 'M' swimmers will be
hampions, and will be turning in championship times. They won't
eed the cheering, but it's always appreciated.
The inference here is, of course, that Michigan swimming fans
ad better be on hand this Saturday at the Varsity Pool if they want
o see the Wolverines at their best. Otherwise they may have to pack
p and travel to see the 'M' men when they repeat as Big Ten and
CAA champions.

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