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And then he didn't win any- * 1966-]
thing for five years. "I thought terfly, seco
about quitting. I even tried play- Ten meet.
ing some high school football."
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position that Carl Robie didn't style, seven
stick to the gridiron. In fact, ex- * 1967-
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A listing of Robie's perform- 1650 freest]
ances in championship meets is 200 butterf
reason enough: style, fourth
* 1965-First in 400 I.M. and It's
1650 freestyle and second in 200 Robie is
n Big Ten meet. In
in 400 I.M., second in
le and 200 butterfly.
First in 100-yard but-
nd in 200 butterfly,
rd in 400 I.M. in Big
In NCAA, first in 200-
fly, fourth in 1650 free-j
th in 500 freestyle.
First in 200 butterfly,
DO freestyle, first in
yle. In NCAA, first in
ly, third in 500 free-
lin 1650 freestyle.
of the 500-yard freestyle in this
year's NCAA, the day after the 500
j took place. This was in order to
show it on television since the
TV crew missed taping it the first
day. The time Robie took to
change must have been three sec-
Robie began swimming at the
Prendergast boys club in Drexel
Hill, Pa. When he finally "came
around" in 1961, he set a world
200-yard butterfly record that last-
Who You Know ed two years.
also the first and only He also was effective on the in-
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person in history to go with a ternational scene. In 1963 he went
Michigan homecoming queen, to the Pan-American games in'
Chris Anderson. Sao Paulo, Brazil, and set a Pan-
He also set the world record American record in the 200-yard
for the quick-change act by fly. He set two records in the
switching from street clothes in- 1963 pre-Olympic meet in Japan.
to his swim suit when NBC re- In February, 1964, Robie was
quested a replay of the beginning the only American in the Bremen,
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Germany, International Swim Fes-
tival and he won three medals.
At the Olympics in 1964, Robie
took the silver medal in the 200
fly behind Kevin Berry, then of
Australia, now of Indiana. Berry
also beat him in the 1966 Big
Ten meet, but never again.
In 1965, Robie took part in the
world student games in Budapest,
Hungary. Then he took the gold
medal in the 200 fly and the
silver in the 400 IM.
The Wolverine captain doesn't
make any bones about the fact
that his reason to go to Michigan
over, say Yale, was the full schol-
arship he was offered. Certainly
grades were no problem as he was
first in his class "at the Peekskill
Military Academy, where he spent
his senior year.
An English major, Robie is after
a law degree "purely for academic
reasons" but he isn't sure of a
future occupation. One thing is
certain. He isn't quite finished
with swimming yet since he will
participate in the Pan-American
tryouts in Dallas. Whether he will
still be a serious competitor when
the '68 Olympics roll around de-
pends upon cooperation from the
Law School and the draft law.
Looking back at his swimming
career Robie has found that swim-
ming "showed me my limitations
as well as my potential.
"By knowing your limitations,
you aren't too disappointed by any
adverse result. You can come
closer to your possibilities than if
you expected more than you could
Robie sees swimming as an aid
in other walks of life since "work-
ing hard in anything changes your
personality so that you concen-
trate harder in everything." Evi-
dently, swimming helpa certain
things, like academics, as five of
the six best teams in the NCAA's
were Stanford, USC, UCLA, Yale
Although Robie sees the West
Coast as the dominant power in
college swimming, like everybody
else, he does not agree that every
good swimmer in the nation came
from the Santa Clara Swim Club
or something like that. "The
Amateur Athletic Union has com-
petition that is strong all over the
country. In fact, swimming helps
the AAU financially more than
any other sports, including bas-
To an outsider it must sound
like a miracle that anyone could
keep going at the top level for over
WOLVERINE CAPTAIN CARL ROBIE has ended a career which,
among other things, included an NCAA championship every year.
ten years. Robie says that he
would only stop swimming when
it stops being dynamic.
It hasn't stopped being dynamic
yet, and Robie is aiming to hold
the world's record again in the
200-yard butterfly as well as make
the Pan-American team.
Actually, mere medals haven't
meant anything to Robie since he
was 12 years old. He is much more
concerned with improvenient and
even though every swimming rec-
ord will be quickly erased, "no-
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It's a way to make your mark on
He views the past NCAA meet
as the toughest competition he's
ever been in-"much tougher than
the 1964'Olympics." He sees swim-
ming as improving extremely rap-
idily, with most of the top coaches
in the country trying to grab the
best incoming swimmers in a ter-
rific recruiting struggle.
Possibly because of the develop-
ment of Big-time recruiting in
GREEN BAY-John Rowser,
6'1" former defensive back from
Michigan, signed with the Green
Bay Packers yesterday. Rowser
was a third round draft choice.
swimming, Robie could not con-
ceive of himself as a coach except
"of a boys' club or something like
One award Robie received and
he didn't even know what it's for.
Wrestling Captain 'Bob Fehrs
seems to be the only source who
knows that the Yost Honor Award,
established by the Regents in 1948,
is given to about 30 athletes on
campus for academic and athletic
Who else receives awards with-
out knowing the reason?
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