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Senior Jeff Longstreth reached
the peak of his new swimming
career last weekend with victories
in the 500-yard freestyle against
Minnesota and Wisconsin.
It's a new career for "Stretch"
because for the last two seasons
he has been swimming butterfly.
He didn't start swimming distance
freestyle until last summer yet
now he is bolstering this tradition-
al Wolverine stronghold.
"Each year I've been on the
team, I've felt at the start of the
season that I didn't have a place
on the team. But each season I've
made my own place on the team,"
Longstreth commented.
"As a sophomore I didn't swim
in too many meets. My best event
was the 100-yard butterfly. Then
just before the Big Ten Cham-
pionships I had a swim-off with
another sophomore, Bob Schaefer,


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summer to drive 30 miles to work.
Then before starting work I would
stop at the pool and work out
from 7 to 7:45 in the morning. I
had to go freestyle at these prac-
tices because they were so short
that there was no time to work
on my butterfly. I wanted to make
the most of my time.
At night, since I live on a lake
north of Pontiac, I would some-
times do a little swimming in the
lake. All this distance work paid
off when I placed fifth in the Out-
door Junior National Champion-
ships which is a four-mile race
and eighth in the senior na-
Little Time
A similar lack of practice time
forced Longstreth to swim dis-
tance freestyle last semester. "I
had labs until 5 o'clock every day
except Friday. So when I did get
a chance to work out I did free-
style just like in the summer.
Longstreth's chances of helping
the team in the distance freestyle
seemed slim before the season
started when Coach Gus Stager
had NCAA finalists Roy Burry and
Tom Dudley plus Pan-American
Games veteran Bill Farley starting
his sophomore season. But when
Burry was operated on and count-
ed out for the season, a place was
opened up for Longstreth.
Stager commented that, "Dis-
tance freestyle has always been a
strong point at Michigan. When
we lost Burry, I thought we'd be
weak. But Jeff has done almost as
well as Burry could have done.
"There are only two teams in
the Big Ten that have good dis-
tance freestylers -- Michigan and
Indiana. Right now I think we're
the best."
Three Finalists
With Farley, Longstreth, and
Dudley, Michigan has three poten-
tial finalists for the Big Ten and
NCAA meets. But having three
outstanding swimmers in one
event is also a help in dualmeets.
Stager put Longstreth and Dud-
ley in the 500 against Minnesota
last Friday and they took the top
two places in the event. This left
Farley free to swim in the free-
style relay in an attempt to upset
the Gopher team. This attempt
failed, but the Wolverine freestyle
team did its fastest time of the

Longstreth explained that it
takes a while to learn how to swim
new distances. "At 100 yards you
can just go all out," he said "But
in a longer race you must swim it
smart. I think I'm getting the feel
of the 500 now. I expect a drop
in my previous best time of 5:07.
I know I'll have to do faster than
that against OSU Saturday.
In the conference meet and the
NCAA Meet, Longstreth will swim
the 1650-yard freestyle which pre-
sents another problem. "I have
never competed in a 1650 race. I
don't know how to swim it." To
compensate for his inexperience
in this event, he intends to swim
this in practice to get the feel of
Holds Relay Spot
Besides finding a new place on
the team Longstreth has kept his
old place on the medley relay.
Sophomore Dave Roadhouse was
faster than Longstreth in both
the 100- and 200-yard butterfly
events as a freshman and Long-
streth was resigned to losing his
spot in both these events before
the season started.
Roadhouse and sophomore Bill.
Spahn have taken over Long-
streth's place in the 200-yard
event but at 100 yards he is still
the fastest on the team. Long-
streth says he will have no trouble
in switching from one stroke to
the other. "A lot of butterflyers
practice by doing freestyle," he
said. "Carl Robie (Michigan fresh-
man and three-time AAU cham-
pion) does a lot of freestyle. All
I have to do is work out at but-
terfly and develop the necessary

"I'm sure you will read about
this youngster in the :college
wrestling news."
Waukegan (Ill.) high school
wrestling Coach Ott , Bay was
speaking about a certain senior
named Bill Johannesen at the an-
nual Waukegan sports banquet
two years ago. The speaker was
well known to wrestling fans as
he had previously -coached his
son," Michigan's Big Ten cham-
pion, Rick Bay, when the latter
attended Waukegan High School.
Today, Bill Johannesen is working
to make this prediction come true
as he wrestles at 130-pounds for
the Big Ten's number one team.
The wrestling career of Bill Jo-
hannesen had an unusual begin-
ning. Johannesen quit wrestling
his freshman year in high school
because he "didn't like it. During
my sophomore football season, my
football coach who happened to
be sophomore wrestling coach told
me to try out for wrestling," he
went on.
Took Advice
Johannesen took his coach's
advice and became a star Illinois
wrestler and probably would have
become state champion had he
not dislocated his elbow in the
quarter finals of the state tourna-
ment during his senior year.
Influenced by Coach Bay and
his son, Johannesen came to Ann
Arbor as a freshman in the fall of
1962. The 130-pounder ran into
the usual problem of changing
from high school to college
wrestling. According to Bill "the
big difference comes in the speed
of opponents." Johannesen fights
each match with the intention of
outpointing his opponent and not
trying to score a fall. "College
wrestling," says Bill, "demands

more pacing as you can't wrestle
as recklessly as in high school but
must set up your opponent."
Beat Teacher
Probably a turning point in the
scrappy sophomore's college career
came last year when freshman
Johannesen was greatly assisted
by the tutoring of Pan-American
wrestling champion, Bill Riddle.
Riddle frequently appeared at
freshman practice and his advice
helped Johannesen gain confi-
dence. Riddle probably told Jo-
hannesen too much because in a
holiday tournament in Chicago
this season Johannesen defeated
Riddle and went on to the finals
of the tournament only to lose on
a referees' split decision. The loss
in the finals was one of the only
three for Johannesen who has a
10-3 record and is undefeated in
Big Ten competition.
During the past summer Johan-
nesen worked to achieve this rec-
ord while he was a lifeguard at a
Lake Michigan beach. The Wol-
verine sophomore had an oppor-
tunity to increase his leg strength
by running everyday in the sand.
"I also had a chance to lift some
weights," J o h a n n e s e n adds,
"which helped me stay in shape
for this wrestling season."
Overcame Reputation
In a highlight of this season,
the Michigan grappler beat last
year's Big Ten runnerup, Gary
Joseph of Ohio State. Bill said, "I
was afraid to do anything because
of Joseph's reputation. But when
Joseph gained the lead in the
match, I had to fight and I gained
back my confidence." After the
meet Joseph commented that he
thought Johannesen had beaten
him on takedowns-a facet which
Bill considers to be the best part
of his game.

After what he hopes will be a
successful wrestling career at
Michigan, Johannesen hopes to
return to Waukegan High School
and become a wrestling coach "if,"
as Bill says, "they'll have me."
NU's Pitts
To Siot Out
OSU Game
EVANSTON (R) - Jim Pitts,
6'8" sophomore rebounding star,
will miss at least two Northwest-
ern basketball games because of
a leg injury.
Pitts, apparently injured in
practice, was taken to a hospital
Tuesday night after his lower left
leg swelled from internal bleeding.
Leading Wildcat rebounder,
Pitts will miss Saturday's import-
ant Big Ten game in Evanston
with Ohio State, now sharing the
conference lead with Michigan.
He also may miss the Iowa at
Northwestern game Monday.
Jim Hodges
U-M Barbers
(N. Univ. near Kresge's)

Here's a challenge to anyone
who thinks he's tough.
The Michigan Judo Club is
sponsoring an all-campus cham-
pionship tournament on March 11
during t h e Intramural Open
House. Competition will be held in
the wrestling room. Anyone inter-
ested may sign up by calling the
main office of the intramural de-
partment by Friday, Feb. 21.
The tournament will be offi-
ciated by black belts. Champions
will be crowned for white. green
and brown belt diviisons. The
meet is open to all students, fac-
ulty and University employes.
The club with 30 active mem-
bers, holds workouts Thursday eve-
nings from 7:30-9, and Saturday

mornings 9:30-11. President
Denny Vennen invites all those
who are interested to drop in for
a workout whenever they have
free time. Practices are held in the
wrestling room.
Acting as advisor to the Univer-
sity's Judo Club is Professor of
Psychology Sachio Ashida. Prof.
Ashida who currently holds a fifth
degree black belt, is a member of
the United States Judo Olympic
Committee, the NCAA, the JBBF
Board of Examiners, and a nation-
al vice-chairman of the AAU.
Besides the all campus meet,
the club on occasion offers in-
struction from a black belt holder
and Vennen hopes to line up some
intercollegiate matches for next


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..,believes in improvement

to see who would swim the butter-
fly leg on our medley relay at the
conference meet. I beat him.
"Then last season as a junior
I figured that sophomore Lanny
Reppert would take over my job
on the relay since he had beaten
me consistently when he was a
freshman. But I improved more
than he did."
Backed Up Moore
Also during his junior year,
Longstreth had improved enough
in the 200-yard butterfly to be-
come Jeff Moore's backup man in
that event. He was a valuable
team member in dual meets, tak-
ing a key second place behind
Moore against Michigan State in
a five-point victory.
With such a success as a butter-
flyer it would seem strange that
he would want to try another
stroke. But as Longstreth put it,
"By the end of last summer I
had decided that I just liked
swimming distance freestyle bet-
ter than butterfly.
"I had to get up at 5:30 in the

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