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Michigan Tankers Satisfied With Second in'64

Come October the Wolverine
,,tankers will again be in training
to open a new season--one which
promises to" hate' good things in
store for swimming coach Gus
Stager and diving coach Dick
Kimball and their boys.
Perhaps the 1963-64 season was
not as fruitful as it promised to
be at the beginning, but a second
place finish in the Big Ten Cham-
pionship Meet and a fourth in
the NCAA's should not be comn-
Nplained about by too many people.
Indiana's Big Ten powerhouse
finished ahead of Michigan in
both meets.
In the conference champion-
ships Indiana had been the over-
whelming favorite to take the.
team title, but a real battle was
' expected to be waged for second
by Michigan State, Ohio State,
Minnesota and Michigan. As ex-
pected, the Hoosiers did take first
place, while the Wolverines lived
up to Stager's hopes and finished
a strong second-a much stronger
second than most observers had
expected. G
Gap Closed-
In the 1963 Big Ten meet In-
;.diana had been victorious with
238% points, while M'ichigan was
stfar behind with 147/ points. The
rest of the top finishers were>
::innesota, Ohio Stadte nd Michi-
gan State with 140</, 115/4 and
Y 84% points, respectively. Last sea-,
son, however, the W lverines clos-
ed the gap on Indiana and pulled
,away from the remainder of the
field. Michigan ended up with
171% points behind , Indiana's
°2231. Then followed Ohio State
with 125%, Minnesota with 1041/z,
and Michigan State with 88%4.
Bill Farley took two first place
titles, in the 500- and 1650-yard
freestyle events. Rich Walls also
took two freestyle firsts, in the'
100- and 200-yard sprints. His
200 yard victory was shared with
:Indiana's Chuck Ogilby, though,.
on a judges decision.
4th in NCAA
Later, in the NCAA meet, Mich-
igan came in fourth with 30,
points, behind Southern Cal (961
.points), Indiana (91) and Yale.
Finally, in the first week of
April, came the NAAU meet, in
Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Eleven
Michigan swimmers and divers, in-
.cluding six freshmen, made the
r;trip. The top six finishers in each
event were to be eligible to try
out for the OlyntIe t'eam in New
-York in August.,Four Wolverines
did just that. Ed Bartsch took a
first in the 209-yard backstroke

and finished fifth in the 100-yard
race. In the same events, fresh-
man Russ Kingery placed third
and fourth. Carl Robie was award-
ed second place in the 200-yard,
butterfly, although his time was
the same as the winner. Paul
Scheerer wound up fifth fmd sixth
in the 200- and 100-yard breast-
stroke events, respectively. Al-
though Farley did not compete in
this meet, he became eligible to
compete for the Olympic team by
virtue of his two Big Ten cham-
Season a Warmup
Actually the entire season was,
as it is every year, merely a warm-
up or conditioning period for the
conference meet at the end.
Michigan started its warmup
season last year by placing swim-
mers in every event of an AAU
meet in Warren, Ohio. Both fresh-
men and varsity swimmers tuined
in excellent performances as the

Maize and Blue dominated the
meet. Scheerer, a freshman, bet-
tered a varsity record in his first
competition for Michigan in the
Next in line for the Wolverine
tankers was the Michigan College
Swimming and Diving Meet at
Matt Mann Pool, in which six
colleges competed. Farley, a sopho-
more sensation from LaCanada,
California, smashed two varsity
records and one pool record in
winning his first three freestyle
races as a varsity swimmer.
Two Get Two Firsts
Freshman Carl Robie and jun-
ior Bartsch each took two firsts,
in the butterfly and backstroke
events, respectively. Scheerer
would also have taken two firsts
in the breaststroke, but was dis-
qualified for an illegal turn in
the 100-yard race. Steve Rabino-
vitch, another freshman, was
given the first place, with senior

Geza Bodolay, Michigan's
garian tanker, coming in
behind him.


Sophomore Geoff D'Atri and
freshman Bill Groft also grabbed
firsts for the Wolverines. The div-
ing events saw junior Ed Booth-
man and sophomore Bruce Brown
finish first and second respectively
off both the high and low boards.
John Candler came in third off the
one-meter board.
With the termination of this;
meet, the Wolverines began work-
ing out for the dual meet season,
which started after the holiday
vacation. After practicing in Flor-
ida over vacation, Stager knew
just about what he had on his
hands to work with. Michigan was
ranked fourth in the nation be-
hind Southern California, Yale
and Indiana, and in the first
dual meet of the season, Indiana
stood up ,for its higher rating by
dunking the Wolverines, 81-42.

Michigan rebounded with a
victory over Wisconsin, and then
proceeded to beat Cincinnati,
strong Ohio State and Iowa State,
losing only to Indiana again as
the dual meet season ended.
Good Performers
Michigan had many consistently
good performers during the dual
meet season. Swimmers Farley,
Bartsch, Frank Berry, Walls, Bob
Tanner, Bill Spann, Bodolay, Fred
Damm, D'Atri, Dave Roadhouse,
Rabinovitch, Lanny Reppert, Rees
Orland, Moore, Tom Dudley and
Jeff Longstreth, along with divers
Boothman, Brown and Candler,
were high finishers throughout the
season. Farley set two varsity rec-
ords along the way, and Reppert
set another.
Although the Wolverines may
lose the best of these swimmers to
the United States Olympic cause,,
they will be back in time to en-
roll for the spring semester, and

thus will be eligible to compete in
the Big Ten Championship Meet.
Perhaps the results of the an-
nual Varsity-Freshman Meet, held
during the dual meet season, show
hopes for an even greater season
this year. The nation's fourth-
ranked swimming team was edged
by the frosh, 53-52, though the
varsity men lost points when one
man was disqualified.
Freshman Kingery, Scheerer,
Robie, Bill Keswick, John Vry,
Groft, Tom Williams, Tom Schwar-
ten and Brundage led the way.
Michigan only lost seven swim-
mers through graduation-Berry,
Bodolay, Dudley, Damm, Long-
streth. Moore and Jon Lundin.
But with the freshmen who will
replace them on the varsity team
this year, the Wolverines may
just have the depth to knock In-
diana out of the way in the Big
Ten Conference for the first time
in five years.

Clubs Afford Opportunity for Varied Sports Activity


No quarter-million dollars is put
out by the Board in Conrtol of
Intercollegiate Athletics for rugby
or soccer players, for rifle and pis-
tol shooters, for sailors or skiers,
and yet these non-varsity sports
still go on in their seasons at
In the fall the rugby team takes
the field--Wines Field, that is. The
team, composed mostly of gradu-
ate students, law students and for-
eign students, plays a regular
schedule of games with teams
mostly from Canada.
. Just as Rough
The rugby games are as rough
as football, with very similar ac-
tion to American football. It is
played on a football field with a
blown-up ball which looks like a
soft watermelon.
To score, the linemen, who com-
prise 8 of the 15 players, pass the
ball back to the backs. With a con-
tinuous action, stopping only for
penalties, they move the ball over
the goal line of the opponents.
The games are played at 3:30
on Saturdays, and it doesn't cost'
anything to stop in and see the,
second half on the way home from
a football game at the Stadium.
Interest Aroused
A newly-formed organization at

Michigan is the Michigan Ameri-
can Soccer Club. The group started
play two years ago and has com-
peted in the International Center's
league the past two years.
Last year the team took steps
to have soccer adopted as a var-
sity sport. The movement was
basically unsuccessful, but a great
deal of interest was stirred up,
and this year the team intends to
try again, but on a larger scale.
The team has compiled an over-
all two-year record of five wins
and seven losses against teams
composed of soccer players from
abroad. Recruiting and practice
will begin during registration this
year, so the team will be in top
condition for its seven-game
schedule. A feature of this year's
schedule is the proposed two games
with a foreign team at Eastern
Need Shooters
For those who can't make the
basketball team at Michigan, the
pistol and rifle teams are seeking
accurate chooters. The club aims
to teach the objectives of playing
with firearms and to compete both
on the campus and around the
There is an annual competition
at the ROTC rifle range in 'May.
In addition the team competes
with other Big Ten teams. The
whole shooting match is sponsored
by the team itself, and last year
it was, along with the wrestling,
gymnastics and track teams, a
Big Ten champion.
The fencing club is relatively
new and is sitll hoping to attract
some new members.
Two of the non-varsity sports
which are especially of interest to
women are the sailing and skiing
clubs. The ski club takes weekend

trips to the snowy regions of Mich-
igan. The enthusiastis can take
their semester break or spring
vacation and travel to Quebec or
Colorado with the skiers.
The ski club offers the latest
information on rates of ski mer-
chandise, movies on instruction in
the fast-growing sport and other
programs of interest to the ad-
vanced and beginning skier.
Lots of Sailors
The sailing club is one of the
largest of the non-varsity sports
and boasts over 100 members,
both novice and experienced. The

{ By Charlie Towle
ode to...
The Noble Red Shirt
If sometime on a late fall afternoon the urge to leave your books
behind should take hold of you-and after a certain amount of
aimless wondering your should find down by Ferry Field House where
the football team practices-and if it should happen to be one of
those days when Bump Elliott opens practice to the public-THEN
you may have the chance to watch one of the less seen groups of
varsity athletes on campus.
In order to denote a semblance of order to the three ring circus
which is football practice Elliott has his charges don jersey8 Of
distinctive colors. The first team has the honor of wearing the
blue shirts-home color. The second team wears gold (maize?). The
third team steps out in nondescript white tops, while the fourth
team is forced to wear the hated green of Michigan State.
The rest? Well, the rest are put into red shirts-the cape in
a bull fight is red for much the same purpose-and sent out as
cannon fodder for their athletic peers.
During the practice the top four teams take turns running over
the red shirts. First the green team runs over them, then the white
team, then the gold team and finally, when they are softened up
enough so that there is not the slightest chance of any red shirt
hitting anyone hard enough to cause even the least bruise, the
precious blue team is allowed to "play" with them. The red shirt
team usually numbers around 30 at the start of practice, but by
the time late October gets here Elliott has to use his best boyish
grin to convince 11 of them to show up.
The red shirts under go another change as the football season
progresses, they get a lot tougher. In fact, the hard core red shirt eleven
is able to keep any of the other teams honest at the end of the
season. Last year's upset victory over Illinois at Illinois was probably
caused as much by a tough red shirt team, who were all back at
Ann Arbor, as by any other single factor.
The surviving red shirt, then, is a rather stalwart individual.
He possesses the talent to put him on a varsity team, but not
enough to make him a starter. His main characteristic is his dogged
determination to play in a varsity sport, whether the reason for
this be the remembrance of past glory in high school or the
reflected glory of being on the present varsity in any role.
I will briefly sketch for you now a few thumbnail biographies
of typical red shirts:
Red Shirt No. 1-Red Shirt No. 1 came to Michigan as a
highly touted center from a high school in the northern part
of Metrdpolitan Detroit. He is still on the football team, but he
has switched to guard due to the shortage of manpower at that
position on the current team. This year he might even make th
green team. Last year, slowed by a knee injury which required an
operation and a long rehabilitation period, he was most noticeable
for having the biggest pot belly on the football team. Red Shirt
No. 1, however, does have a saving grace, he has perhaps the
best punting leg on the team. Suited un for home games he is
the man booming out 50-yard floaters during the pre-game
warmup nobody recognizes. Last fall Red Shirt No. 1 made it
into one of the early games to try out his specialty. Playing before
the big Michigan Stadium crowd for the first time, No. 1 squibbed
a punt off the side of his foot which might have made it back
to the line of scrimmage if given the benefit of the doubt, anyhow
it was certainly the shortest punt of the entire season. Needless to
say No. 1 did not make it back onto the field during a game for
the rest of the season. Better Luck This Year No. 1.
Red Shirt No. 2-Red shirts are not necessarily confined to the
football team, they can occur on all varsity teams. Red Shirt No 2,
as it happens, was on the basketball team last year He was the
center who played behind Bill Buntin. No. 2 could most easily be
spotted at games by first locating coach Dave Strack on the bench
and then going all the way down the bench to the opposite end
where No. 2 sat in deep soliloquy. Being a red shirt on the basketball
team is better, in a way, than a red shirt on the football team
because with only fifteen men on the team the real basketball fans
do know who you are. No. 2, who stands a gawky 6'9" and wears
goggle type glasses, was a natural crowd favorite. Getting into games
that were already sewed up he would have the crowd wildly cheering
for him to sink one. Two years ago when Michigan set a scoring
mark of 110 points against Indiana it was No. 2 who notched the
record breaking points and again last year when the broke that
record with 117 points against the University of Detroit it was No. 2
who did it.
Red Shirt No. 3-Red Shirt No. 3 was on the track team for
which he ran the two mile. Nothing is quite so sad in track as
watching the two-miler run his appointed distance. After the first
three minutes every contestant has turned a deep beet red, and
then there is that chubby kid at the finish line pointing to each
man as he crosses the line gasping for breath and sneering, "You!
You have 13 more laps to run." This is especially sad if to the
man right ahead the chubby kid has said, "nine laps." This
was the position No. 3 usually found himself in. One thing that
could be said for Red Shirt No. 3 was that he was better than

other school's red shirts. No. 3 made his bid for a moment of
glory in last spring's Big Ten championships. Here chin held high
No. 3 gamely held onto the third position in the race for the
first mile, bpt then ...
And now a little note of encouragement for all you red shirts
out there in readerdom land, especially if you are golfers.
Cheer up, bunkie your not the world's worst-I claim that honor.
Can you beat this record for the world's worst 18 holes of golf
(honestly trying division) of 276? Or the world's worst twosome score,
recorded with last year's Daily sports editor Dave Good, of 514?
Or the world's worst single hole of golf ever played recorded by
Good when he took one to reach the sand trap beside No. 17 on
the U-course and 22 more strokes to get out of the trap, two putting
for his 25? Feeling better?






-Daily-Jim Lines
ONE OF THE NEWEST CLUBS on the Michigan sports scene is
the Judo Club. The Judo Club held its first campus champion-
ships last spring, some of the action is shown above. For most,
if not all, sports clubs on campus all It takes to join is a willing-
ness to contact the persons involved.


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club has eight sailboats at its
headquarters at Base Lake, 20
miles from Ann Arbor.
At weekly meetings on the cam-
pus members discuss various as-
pects of the sport and decide on
matters of importance to the club.
There is competition in regattas
all over the country, and many
Michigan representatives have
earned national or regional titles
in past years.



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