THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Thursday, March 27, 1969
Page Eight THE MICHIGAN DAILY Thursday, March 27, .1969
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By NORM SCHERR
It's spring again. Green will re-
turn, flowers will bloom, and In-
diana will probably capture the
NCAA swimming crown. As con-
sistent as the seasons, the peren-
nial powers, Indiana, Yale, Stan-
ford, USC, Michigan, UCLA and
SMU, will compete for top honors
in the NCAA Championship Finals
at Bloomington, Indiana, today,
According to Michigan Swim-
ming Coach Gus Stager, "Indiana
has the depth to retain the title,
but Yale might make' the waters a
The Elis have won 52 consecu-
tive dual meets, including a 71-42
swamping of Stanford, and are
strong in the relay events. But
Indiana will have the advantage of
familiar Royer Pool, where the
Hoosiers have never been defeated,
and an outstanding freshman crop,
now eligible under a recent Big
Ten ruling, to strengthen the
ranks of their varsity stars.
"Even Yale's second-place posi-
tion isn't completely secure," com-
mented Stager. "Stanford and
USC will make their challenge,
while the remaining top spots will
be contested by Michigan, UCLA,
SMU and Long Beach St."
Although Michigan is not in
contention for the title, the Wol-
verines will seek to regain at least
fifth place from SMU, who dis-
placed them from that slot by a
slim one point margin in 1968.1
Michigan's determination is im-
"Enthusiasm has been the key-
word in practice leading to the
finals," claimed Stager. "We've
been putting out the extra effort
needed. Lee Bisbee and Tommy
Arusoo have turned in their best
practice sets ever, and I can ex-
pect good performances from Gary
Kinkead and Mike Mahoney.
"This enthusiam is essential,"
Stager continued, "because keen
competition ended with the Big
Ten Finals a month ago. The time
lag and the fact that West Coast
finals ended just two weeks ago
STANFORD'S RICK EAGLESTON wins the 50 freestyle against UCLA, in a meet earlier this season.
Eagleston will also be a major threat at the coming NCAA Championships in Bloomington, Indiana.
The University of Indiana is favored to take the crown this year and will have ,the home pool ad-
vantage. Michigan will also be there, but isn't expected to raise any eyebrows.
points to the importance of keep-
ing morale and drive high." i
Other Michigan tankers partici-
pating at Bloomington include
Greg Zann, Mike Allen, Mike
Casey, and Juan Bello, who has a
good chance to take the 200 free-
style and will serve as anchor man
for the promising 400 medley re-
lay along with Kinkead, Mahoney
and Bisbee. Freshman Greg Gos-
horn will fill the backstroke posi-
The Wolverines' entries will be
about the same as in the Big Ten
Finals at Wisconsin, which In-
diana dominated as usual, with
Michigan in its customary second
slot, a position it has held for the
past eight years.
Not to be overlooked is the
diving competion, which Michigan
Diving Coach Dick Kimball de-
scribes as a "Big Ten sport."
"In the 1968 Championship, Big
Ten schools took nine out of
twelve places in one meter com-
petition, and 10 of 12 in the three
meter," Kimball stated. "This
year's Michigan contingent will
include Jay Meaden, who placed
eleventh last year, Dick Rydze,
Bruce McManahan and Paul Mc-
If diving is a Big Ten sport it is'
also an "Indiana sport." In last
year's competition, the Hoosiers
scored a first, second, third,
fourth, two fifths and sixths, an
eighth and a twelfth. Returning
will be Olympic Bronze medalists
Jim Henry and Win Young, along
with a crop of promising soph-
If diving is an Indiana specialty,
then swimming is the Hoosier's
forte. The Hoosiers' roster glitters
from a cache of Olympic metal.
Heading the list is superfish Char-
lie Hickcox, Indiana's most ver-
satile merman, who holds gold
medals in the 200 and 400 meter
individual medleys, a silver in the
100 meter backstroke, and ,wam
on the winning 400 meter medley
relay team. At the '68 NCAA's, he
captured the 200 individual med-
ley, and the 100 and 200 back-
Teammate Don McKenzie cap-
tured gold medals in the 100 meter
breaststroke and the 400 meter
medley relay. Mark Spitz, who
owns four Olympic medals, will
compete in the freestyle events.
One of his opponents will be
Michigan's Bello, himself an
Olympic winner. Including Cana-!
dian Olympian George Smith, In-
diana can boast 12 medals in
Despite this formidable wave of
talent, Yale has some reason fors
its challenge. In 1968 Champion-
ship swimming events, Yale actu-
ally outscored Indiana 253-249,
but failed to take a point in
diving. Even with the loss of
Schollander, the Elis still retain
much of their muscle, particularly
in the freestyle events. Captain;
Robin Waples and Steve Job head
the sprinters while Olympian John
Nelson and Mike Cadden cover
middle and long distances.
Yale also features Olympian
Phil Long, defending NCAA 200!
breaststroke champ, backstroker
Ed Bettendorf and Olympic win-
ner Dave Johnson in the 200 in-
The West Coast attack will
center around Stanford's John
Ferris and Brent Berk, Olympic
team members, sprinter Rick'
Eagleston, together with strong
relay squads, and USC's free-
stylers Andy Strenk, Greg Fink,
and Greg Charlton, who took the
500 freestyle event last year.
Wayne stte star to travel;
Hayes captures scoring title
By The Associated Press
0 DETROIT - Wayne State's bearded tennis player, Kenneth
Meyers, has been permitted to join his teammates on a pre-season
tour through the South.
But a university spokesman said no decision has been made
yet on whether Meyers will be allowed to stay on the team.
The 22-year-old player called a news conference last week after
the school's tennis coach and athletic director told him he would be
dropped from the team if he didn't shave.
Prior t othe incident, Meyers had been rated the top player on
the team. If he is dropped Meyers would lose his $400 yearly ath-
! NE YORK - Elvin Hayes, the Big E of San Diego, became
the first rookie in nine years to win the individual scoring champion-
ship of the National Basketball Association.
Fnal statistics released by the league yesterday showed the
6-foot-9 star scored 2,327 points in 82 games for an average of 28.4.
Not since Wilt Chamberlain, then with Philadelphia, did it in 1960
has a rookie won the NBA scoring title. Chamberlain scored 2,707
points in 72 games that season.
Chamberlain, now with the Los Angeles Lakers, had the best
field goal percentage, .583, and Larry Siegfried of the Boston Celtics
was tops in free throws with an .864 percentage.
Chamberlain was the leader in rebounds with 1,712 for an av-
erage of 21.1 per game while Oscar Robertson set the pace in assists'
with 722 for 9.8 per game average.
! LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The decision by the rules committee of
the National Basketball Committee of the United States and Canada
to retain a no dunking provision has drawn disdainful reactions from
John Dromo, University of Louisville coach, said he thought the
committee was "missing the boat" by not rescinding the rule, which
prohibits players from leaping into the air and stuffing the ball
through the hoop.
Several new rules and refinements of old rules also were adopted
by the committee to take effect next season.
The panel decided a jump ball shall be called when any closely
guarded player in the front court holds the ball for more than five
Fagan said this eliminates a previous, ruling which freed the post
man from the five-second requirement if he was waiting to throw
the ball to a cutting teammate or some other player.
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*!BOSTON-Promoter Bill Veeck is wasting no time making
the most of the girl jockey fad currently sweeping the country.
The onetime incorrigible maverick of major league baseball now in
his first racing venture as head of Suffolk Downs, said Tuesday that
the track's April 19 opening day program will feature'a $10,000 race
in which every horse will have a girl rider.,
"We plan to have eight fillies riding eight fillies,' Veeck said
in announcing the Lady Godiva Handicap.
He added that this race will be followed up on April 21 with
the $5,000 Guys and Dolls Purse, in which the first four girls to
finish in the Lady Godiva will ride against four male ,jockeys.
He said that acceptances already have been received from five-
Tuesdee Testa in New York, Diane Crump in Florida, and Penny Ann
Early, Lawree Grube and Connie Hendricks, all in California.
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" VATICAN CITY - Wilma Rudolph, who won three gold medals
at the 1960 Rome Olympics, got another medal yesterday. This one
came from Pope Paul VI.
The pope received her in audience and gave her a medal com-
memorating his reign.
The Pontiff told the former Tennessee star sprinter he remem-
bered her for hr Olympic achievements and said he was happy she
had come to see him.
She came to Rome as guest of an Italian rightwing newspaper
to refute claims in th communist press that she was suffering from
poverty in America because of her race and had sold her medals to
At a press conference Tuesday Miss Rudolph denied the reports.
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0 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Leroy "Satchel" Paige, ageless
baseball pitcher, began undergoing tests Wednesday at a hospital.
Paige, who was working for the Atlanta Braves as a trainer to
qualify for his major league pension, was admitted with a severe
BALTIMORE - A federal bankruptcy referee will be asked
today to formally approve a/ contract calling for the conditional sale
of the Philadelphia Eagles National Football League team for $16,-
Referee Joseph O. Kaiser, of U.S. District Court, said Tuesday
he expects the hearing on the contract to be perfunctory.
Kaiser said he expects to receive a, completed contract between
Jerry Wolman, the Eagles' majority stockholder, and Leonard H.
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