THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Can M' Tankers Bounce Back?
3M' Pole Vaulters
Spark Ci ndermen
By DAVE GOOD
There was something special
about Michigan's 74-31 loss to In-
diana's swimmers Saturday.
The score bore a strong resem-'
blance to the margins the Big
Ten champs have rolled up against'
their seven other victims this sea-
son-powerhouses like North Cen-
tral, Southern Illinois, Cincinnati,
Iowa, Purdue, Minnesota and
But for a Michigan team to
absorb such a drubbing, especial-1
ly a Michigan team expected to
challenge for its fifth NCAA title'
in six years when it travels to
Columbus a week from Thursday,
It was a black day.
You have to go back throughl
the dusty record books to. find
out about the worst Michigan loss
ever, a 59-12 debacle with North-
western in 1923.
Loses to YMCA
Michigan had started swimming'
only the year before, losing its
single meet to the Erie YMCA,
48-20, but the Wolverines weren't
going anywhere the next year,
either, and dropped
two of their
Then there was a 59-16 loss to
Yale in 1942, a year that saw the
Wolverines rack up a 10-1 dual
meet record and finish second to
Yale in the NCAA meet.
But this year, 1962, Indiana is
ineligible for NCAA competition
and the Wolverines stand as good
a chance as anybody to take the
team honors. That is, if they can
rebound from Saturday's loss.
And Coach Gus Stager thinks
'M' Not Down.
Stager explains the loss this
way: "We weren't down for the
meet, but they (the Hoosiers)
were very, very high. It was the
last meet of the season for them
and we still had one more to go.
I don't think there was a big
enough build-up for it."
Indiana Coach Jim Councilman
remarked after the meet that his
team had been pointing for Mich-
igan and added, "I think Gus
was right in pointing for the NCAA
meet. I'd have probably done the
Stager commented, "I didn't ex-
pect we'd do as bad as we did,
but I'd say half the guys on the
team swam their best times. The
biggest thing that irked me was
that we wouldn't race."
Instead of going out after the
Indiana swimmers, he explained,
the Wolverines were content to
swim their own races.
In the case where they had to
swim against one of Indiana's rec-
ord-holders who has gone close to
1:57 for instance, he put in, "I
don't expect them to swim against
the 1:57. I expect them to swim
against a 1:59. After all, their
guys didn't swim their best times."
For Michigan, sprinter Dennis
Floden did come through with his
best times in winning the 50-yd.
freestyle in :22:45 and leading off
the 400-yd. freestyle relay in :50.3.
Diver Ron Jaco was Michigan's
only other winner.
Mike Reissing broke his own
varsity record by placing third
in the 200-yd. backstroke in 2:03.5,
and sophomore Roy Burry finished
fast in 4:26.0 to take a third in
the 440-yd. freestyle ahead of
Captain Bill Darnton.
Darnton also took a close sec-
ond in the 220-yd. freestyle in
2:02.6 and swam the third leg of
the 400-yd. freestyle relay team.
The 400-yd. medley relay team
of Fred Wolf (:56.6 for the back-
stroke), Dick Nelson (1:01.6 for
the breaststroke), Jeff Longstreth
(:54.1 for the butterfly) and Frank
Berry (:50.4 for the freestyle)
turned in a season's best of 3:42.7
In losing. ;
Despite Michigan's good times in
most events, Indiana had enough
power to win nine of the 11 events.
Tom Verth won the 100-yd. free-
style, Pete Sintz the 220-yd. free-
style, Al Somers the 440-yd. free-
style, Chet Jastremski the 200-yd.
breaststroke, Tom Stock the 200-
yd. backstroke, Mike Troy the 200-
yd. butterfly, and Ted Stickles the
200-yd. individual medley. The last
five set pool records, and Stock
set one for the 100-yd. back-
stroke leading off the medley re-
lay team, which also set one.
By DAVE GOOD
It's a good thing track Coach
Don Canham has more than one
Friday night at the Cleveland
Knights of Columbus Meet jun-
ior Steve Overton came up with
his best vault ever--14'2" -- but
couldn't place among the rash of
The next night at the Living-
ston Relays at Denison in Grand-
ville, Ohio, senior Rod Denhart
went all the way up to 14'3%" to
win the event.
It was only %" under his win-
ning height in the Big Ten meet
at East Lansing this month and
enabled him to dethrone Overton,
who won it last year at 13'9".
Bennie McRae beat N o tr e
Dame's John Mulrooney in the K.
of C. 50-yd. high hurdles in :06.3,
as Hayes Jones, the American in-
door record holder for most of the
short high hurdle distances, was
competing in Tokyo.
McRae had placed second to
Jones twice the week before and
avenged his double loss in the Big
Ten meet by defeating Wisconsin's
Larry Howard in both the prelim-
inaries and finals.
His return to form prompted
Canham to comment,"I think he's
probably the second-best hurdler
in the country. Jerry Tarr (NCAA
champ) from Oregon is up there
Senior Steve Williams had his
best day since he won the out-
door Big Ten high jump as a
sophomore. He cleared 6'6" but
still couldn't place.
Michigan's two-mile relay team
had no competition Saturday, win-
ning easily in 7:48.9, a new meet
and fieldhouse record even though
it was the Wolverines' slowest
Ted Kelly, Jay Sampson, Char-
lie Aquino and Ergas Leps ran
off splits of 1:58.5, 1:57.2, 1:57.2
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