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By JIM LaSOVAGE Stager looked over his crop of
tankers almost a year ago and
Although Michigan's swimming rated the team as the best he had
team didn't reach every goal to- coached since his 1961 squad won
ward which it aimed at the be- the NCAA title. In fact, consider-
ginning of the season, one would ing the generous roster of sopho-
be all wet in saying that it was a mores, Stager felt that if the
long, dry season. team realized its potential, it
For with respect to individual would be the greatest one he had
performances, it was the best year ever directed.
in Michigan's history. Major Role
Head coach Augustus P. (Gus) The sophs, according to Stager,
would have to play a major role
throughout the season. The Wol-
verines would enjoy their greatest
year in swimming, Stager com-
mented, if the highly regarded
underclassmen could come through
at the right times.
They did.
And so did the rest of the
tankers. For statistical proof one
needs only to look up the number
Faculty of times records were oroken and
Magazine Student Educator rebroken last year.
Time 5.00 yr. 7.00 yr Eight Firsts
9.00 2 yr 14.00 3 y Stager's amphibious charges
*Atl Mon ' 3.50 8 mo warmed up for the dual meet sea-
*Sat Review 4.00 yr son at the second annual Mich-
Life 4.50 yr 4.50 yr igan College Swimming and Div-
8.00 2 yr 8.00 2 yr ing Meet in East Lansing. Six
Sports Illus 5.00 yr 5.00 yr other schools, including DA.higan
9.00 2 yr 12.00 3 y State, entered the competition
*New Yorker 3.75 8 ma with the Wolverines, but the
5.00 yr Maize and Blue dominated the
Newsweek 4.00 yr 7.00 yr meet.
*U.S. News 20 wk 2.00 Although team scores were not
& WR 40 wk 4.00 kept, Michigan swimmers and
*New 6.50 yr 6.50 yr divers totaled eight first places.
Republic 6.0 .5 However the Spartans swam off
St Eve Post 2.75 19 iss2.75 19 i with the other seven firsts in the
*Ladies 2.40 2.40 meet, giving an ominous preview
Home Jrl 10 iss 10 iss of the dual meet match ofthe two
Fortune 7.50 yr 7.50 yr Big Ten powers to come a month
Playoy 6.0 yrand a half later.
P yby 7.6 r.50 yr After the holiday- vacation, the
Mail your order now, or call our Wolverine squad hosted the Bad-
office gers of Wisconsin in the first
(*) Pymt. must accompany order dual meet of the season. The
ST U DENTBadgers proved a small challenge
S. U PENTto the more powerful Wolverines,
PE RIODICAL"and Michigan finished on top of
a 71-34 score.
AGENCY On tRemain Unbeaten
EOn the following day, the Big
Ten Invitational Relays Meet was
Box 1161, Ann Arbor held in Matt Mann Pool, and
Phone 662-3061 Michigan remained unbeaten in
Days or Evenings the young season. It was not too
significant that the tankers out-

turning in fast times even against ute touchdown or an overtime
lesser foes, and it wasn't without basketball game.
a certain amount of apprehenson Two events usually not sched-
that the Wolverines boarded the uled in dual meets were featured
bus to East Lansing. -tower diving and a 1000-yard
Fire Up freestyle race. And when the meet
There was a lot of chatter dur- was over, and Michigan had
ing the bus trip, while Captain snapped the Hoosiers' win streak
Ed Bartsch walked up and down with a 70-53 triumph, Stager and
the aisle trying to calm uneasy diving coach Dick Kimball agreed
teammates and fire them up for that tower diving, the first event,
a victory. The team decided that had been the deciding factor.
they'd beat State and do a good When senior Ed Boothman and
job of it. sophomore Greg Shuff finished
Competition was the sharpest first and third, respectively, in the
of the season, but the Wolverines event-a Hoosier strong point-
fished out seven firsts and eight the entire team fired up and put
seconds in a 632-411% win. Fast out the best efforts of the season.
times and good team depth were Farley Thrice
the factors which victimized the Junior Bill Farley came through
Spartans, and Michigan spirit with three first places, and team-
reached a new peak. mate Carl Robie, a soph, added
Although the next meet was another first and two seconds.
two weeks distant, the tankers Both were on the U.S. Olympic
began practicing twice a day for team in Tokyo.
the coming encounter with In- Depth again played a large role
diana. First, though, came Min- in the victory as 13 members of
nesota, a team weakened through the team figured in the scoring.
graduation. After knocking off the Paul Scheerer, another first year
Gophers 71-34, the Wolverine swimmer, set a varsity record in
squad increased practices to three the 200-yard breaststroke, and
a day. swam a leg on the record setting
47-Meet Streak 400-yard medley relay team. On
The Hoosiers came into Ann that team with him were two
Arbor riding on a 47-meet win- more sophs, Tom O'Malley and
ing streak which dated back to Russ Kingery, and junior Rich
1959, and from the first event the Walls.
meet was a thrill-packed crowd An anti-climatic weekend fol-
pleaser, comparable to a last min- lowed during which the Wolver-

ing was the last event of the
opening day, and the Hoosiers
were unstoppable. Taking first,
third and fourth, they took the
lead away from the Wolverines,
and retained it for the remainder
of the meet.
Although Michigan closed the
gap to only two points on the
final day, Indiana iced its fifth
consecutive crown in the three-
meter diving event, with a one-
two-five finish. Without the div-
ing events, Michigan would have
outscored the Hoosiers by six
points for the meet, but Indiana
outpointed the Blue 83-38 in those
two events.
Overall the Wolverines held an
8-5 margin in first places, but
the meet served only for the es-
tablishment of a number of rec-
ords and a hint of what was yet
to come.
The NCAA Championships were
next on the schedule, and the
team traveled to Ames, Iowa, for
another three-day meet.
Out of Contention
Michigan didn't stay in conten-
tion for the title very long, as the
meet became a contest between
Indiana and the Trojans of
Southern Cal. It looked like the
Hoosiers would take the cham-
pionship away from defending
USC on the strength of the div-
ing that won them the Big Ten
(Continued on Page 10)

Carl Robie Splashes to a Record



scored Wisconsin and Southern'
Illinois, and even topping the
Spartans again was overshadowed.
What impressed Stager and fired
up the whole squad was the fact
that the Wolverines outpointed
Indiana 104-76 in the meet.
Michigan' gathered in eight
firsts of a possible 11, while the
Hoosiers managed only two. The
victory for Michigan provided
enough spirit to keep the team
going in its drive to win the Big
Ten title back from Indiana for
the first time in five years.
Down Purdue
A week later an abbreviated
version of the swimming team
traveled to Lafayette, where ;he
tankers handed Purdue a 76-291
drubbing, despite Stager's at-
tempts to keep the score down.
But Stager was not especially
pleased with the victory, because
the times of several of the swnn-
mers were noticeably off for the'
amount of conditioning they nad
had. And the most immediate
cause of Stager's uneasiness lay
in the fact that the following
weekend would be the dual meet
with Michigan State - at East
Spartan swimmers had been

ines ran their own victory string
to eight. They beat the Cincinnati
Bearcats, 61-24, without really
trying, and the following after-
noon completely outclassed Ohio
State, 78-27. Stager termed the
Buckeyes "disappointing" and said
that they had a lot more potential
than they showed.
Only one dual meet renained
now before the Western Confer-
ence Championships - a rematch
with the Hoosiers, this time at
Bloomington. But after a week of
hard practice, one of the worst
blizzards in recent Midwest his-

tory forced the cancellation of the
Indiana didn't have long to wait
for another chance at Michigan,
though. The Big Ten champion-
ships were in another week. Most
knowledgeable sources favored
either the Hoosiers or the Wol-
verines, in a meet to be decided
by the greater depth of one of the
Michigan started at a frightful
pace, taking first places in the
first three events of the three-day
meet and a second place in the
fourth event. But one-meter div-




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Maybe it all comes from start-
ing in the right year.
Back in 1961, head gymnastics
coach Newt Loken broken in a
group of athletes who looked
pretty good on the apparatus. A
lot of work throughout the season
resulted in a Big Ten champion-
So in 1962 the team adopted
the motto "Two in '62" in reach-
ing for its second straight title.
And the gymnasts got the second
And then they made it "Three
in '63." And "Four in '64." Fin-
ally, just a few short months ago,
"Five in '65" became a reality.
Work Out
Long before the holiday vaca-
tion last year Loken had his
charges working out regularly in
the I-M Bldg. There was a lot to
be done to build another cham-
pionship team. For one thing, the
competition in the Big Ten, al-
ways tough, was going to be bet-
ter than ever.
Also staring Loken in the face+
was the fact that about half of his
men were sophomores, inexper-
ienced and unproven in big-time
Loken had an excellent begin-
ning of his team in Captain Gary
Erwin, John Hamilton and Fred
Sanders, three trampolinists who
had all held Big Ten individual
crowns. Added to the trio were
Alex Frecska, Michigan's all-
around man, Mike Henderson, one
of the best floor exercise men in
the conference, and Rich Blanton,
a staunch still rings performer.
When the first meet of the sea-
son rolled around, the Wolverines


soundly defeated Eastern Mich-
igan, and several sophomores
showed delightful promnise. Mich-
igan's twins, Chip and Phil Fuller,
came through with a one-two fin-
ish in floor-exercises, ahead of
Sophs Gary VanderVoort, Chris
VandenBroek and Ken Williams
also scored high in the meet.
Loken knew he had something.
Next was the Big Ten opener.
Dual meets were, for the first
time, to count in the determina-
tion of the conference champion
this year. In past years only the
Western Conference Champion-
ships decided who won, but now
it was dual meet records, with the
conference meet determining in-
dividual champs.
Ohio State was first on the list,

and Loken tried to keep the scorej
down against the weaker Buck-
eyes-only to see a 68-43 victory
handed to him.' Another rookie,
Art Baessler, showed his potential
by winning the side horse event,
while juniors Ned Duke and John
Cashman also took firsts. The
Ohioans, in fact, didn't take first-
place points in any of the seven
Michigan then proceeded to
polish off Illinois, showing its
depth by dominating every event
-without Captain Erwin. Erwin
took the weekend off to compete
in the World Trampoline Cham-
pionships in London. He finished
first, and Wayne Miller, a Wolver-
ine freshman, took the third spot.
Later the two combined to win
the World Synchronized Trampo-
line Championships.
Crucial Weekend
A crucial weekend in which
Michigan met tough Minnesota
and Wisconsin squads saw the
Wolverines emerge with a 4-0
conference mark, and the season
was looking better than ever. Still
another first-year man showed his
abilities in these important meets.
Cliff Chilvers captured first on
the still rings in both contests.
The triumphs left Michigan with
two more big foes to conquer-
Michigan State and Iowa-two of
the toughest.
The Spartans invaded first, and
met with a 66-53 defeat. It took
Michigan's fullest efforts of the
season to accomplish the feat.
Loken was ecstatic, and the only
other undefeated team was Iowa,
the biggest challenger of all.
Give Their All
With spectacular Glen Gailis
and his Iowa teammates all fired
up, the Wolverines poured out
their whole depth and strength
and powered over the Hawkeyes,
641/2-532 before the 3000-plus
fans who turned out for the meet.
Michigan's performances "held"
Gailis to 33 points, two below his
amazing average, but with a 6-0
season record, Michigan made it
"Five in '65." One last meet,
against almost powerless Indiana,
was called off because of a bliz-
Under the new rules, the con-
ference meet was the only to de-
termine individual champions,'

and although there were many
strong Wolverine performances,
only Erwin managed to win a
title-on the tramp, of course.
Iowa's Gailis took three events
and the all-around championship,
and although he had strong com-
petition from Fred Roethlisberger
of Wisconsin and Jim Curzi of
MSU, no one could dispute his
phenomenal showing. Loken feels
that sophomore VanderVoort, who
was fourth all-around, will be one
of the best next year.
NCAA Fight
The Wolverines went after the
NCAA title, but got only a heart-
breaking second place, as the
Southern Illinois Salukies won a
59.5-58 decision in the regional

Thinclads' Effort Pays
SOf f in Outdoor Contest

meet. And although 10 Wolverines
qualified for the finals in individ-
ual competition, with Henderson
in a front position, none were able
to win.
Nevertheless, the season was a
proud one for Loken and his men.
Ned Duke was elected by his team-
mates to captain the 1966 squad,
and soph Gary VanderVoort was
selected as Most Valuable.
So next year, without a flock of
graduated seniors, but with a
hopeful crop of new sophomores,
Michigan gymnasts will try to
make it "Six in '66." Maybe it's a
good thing that the streak didn't
start some other year. It would
have made a horrible sounding

(Continued from Page 7)
the 15 events.
The mile relay team. of Marion
Hoey, Norde, Gerometta and Ber-
nard highlighted the meet with a
3:13.9 timing. Bernard anchored
with a :46.8 leg. Dorie Reid's :09.9
clocking in the 100-yard dash was
another high point
Next came a journey to State
College, Pa., for a rematch with.
the Nittany Lions. Penn State
fared little better than in the
winter meet, losing this one 79-
43. Harvey won the shot put while
Hughes recorded a 1:51.5 half mile
effort, and Bernard won both the
440- and 220-yard dashes in the
A week before he Big Ten Out-
door Championships, Michigan
finished on top of a four way
meet with 71 points to beat North-
western (41), Indiana (34) and
Purdue (27).
As in the winter, the Wolverine
thinclads entered the meet as un-
derdogs, with Michigan State as
the strong favorite. And the Spar-
tans came through with their first
outdoor track title since joining

the Big Ten in 1951. But a lot of
guts and spirit nailed Michigan
second place, 13 points behind
MSU's 56 but six ahead of third
place Wisconsin's 37.
Three Wolverines managed in-
dividual titles. Bernard captured
honors in the 440 with a :46.6,
while Reid bucked an 8-12 mile
per hour headwind to take the
100-yard dash in :09.9, after qual-
ifying in :09.5. And the amazing
Canamare catapulted himself into
the national limelight with a Big
Ten record in the pole vault of
Canamare missed on three suc-
cessive tries at 16'1", but Coach
Canham predicted that he'll clear
the height without too much dif-
ficulty in the future.
Canham was elated with the
meet and the season as a whole,
as the tracksters reached their
peaks for the most important meet
of the season
Festivities of the long season
were ended with Canamare's se-
lection as captain of the 1966 team
after the two-day meet.

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