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Michigan Co-ed Swimmers Excell

M' Swimmers Aim Higher

Opportunities for talented wo-
men swimmers to receive excel-
lent coaching and meet top com-
petition exists in Ann Arbor as
in few other places in this coun-
Mrs. Rose Mary Dawson, daugh-
ter of former University and pres-
ent Oklahoma swimming coach
Matt Mann, coaches the University
of Michigan Swim Club anddthe
Ann Arbor Swim Club. The divers
receive their instruction from Uni-
versity varsity diving coach Dick
In the fall, the Women's Athletic
Association sponsors the Univer-
sity of Michigan Swim Club. The
Club competes against other col-
lege teams such as Toronto and
Michigan State.
Plans Meet
One of Coach Dawson's plans for
the improvement of women's in-
ter-collegiate swimming is a pro-
posed Midwest Inter-Collegiate
Swimming Championships. This
meet would include all the wo-
men's swimming teams in the
midwest. Eventually this would be
expanded into a national meet for
women's college swimming teams.
Usually sometime after Christ-
mas the college meets are finished
for the season and the AAU sea-
son starts. Because of an AAU
rule that women swimmers can't
compete in AAU meets and be
attached to a college team, the
U-M Swim Club disbands until
next season. The women on the

U-M team then switch to the Ann
Arbor Swim Club which enters
swimmers in the various AAU
meets, including the state and na-
tional women's AAU champion-
ships. .
One of the big meets of the
season for the club is the Cana-
dian-American Meet. Next Jan-
uary the Meet will be held in De-
troit and the Club will be working
hard with this in mind.
Past Winners
The Ann Arbor Swim Club has
won the state AAU title for the
past five years and has placed
high in the national AAU Meet.
Despite this success, the Club has
problems like similar groups
throughout the country. The lack
of institutional support that the
U-M and Ann Arbor Swim Clubs
receive compared to the men
swimmers and other athletes is
the main problem. For one thing,
the Clubs do not have the finan-
cial resources to offer scholarships
to outstanding swimmers. Nor can
they pay much of the expenses
needed for trips to, the top meets
around the country.
All they can promise a girl who
wants to come to the University
and swim competitively is that
she will receive the best in coach-
ing. All the other University teams
in the country are in. the same
situation so no team has an un-
fair advantage. But compared to
the men's varsity sports at uni-

versities, women swimmers have
not nearly the same benefits.
Three Ann Arbor Swim Club
members were named to the All-
America team as a result of their
performances in the 1962 national
AAU meet. Sue Rogers is an All-
American in four events and Sue
Thrasher and Eileen Murphy in
three each. Miss Rogers holds the
oldest national AAU record. She
set the 250-yd. breaststroke mark
three years ago at Bartlesville,
Okla. Miss Thrasher has won the
Elks Trophy as the, outstanding
female swimmer in the state for
the past four years. In 1961, she
shared the trophy with Miss
This fall six freshmen are ex-
pected to give the current team
members real competition. Dona
Conklin, a backstroker from Mon-
treal, and Pam Swart, an individ-
ual medley performer, freestyler
and backstroker from Ft. Lauder-
dale are the major additions from
outside Michigan.
Four new swirmers from Mich-
igan are Jan Snavely of Ann Arbor
and Peggy Wirth, Sharon Bedford
and Cynthia Osgood, who swim
for the Detroit Turners Club.
The diving team will be helped
out by Micki King of Pontiac. Be-
sides Karen Ryan, who placed
sixth in the one-meter diving event
at the national AAU meet, Coach
Kimball has top divers in Becky
Walther, Linda Lyall, Gretchen
Groth, Sarah Watt and June Mori.

... NCAA champ

"Fourth is lousy" was Coach Gus
Stager's terse comment after his
Michigan swimming team fell to
its lowest finish in more than a
decade in the NCAA meet last
It was a significant remark if
for no other reason than that it
reflected the high plane of per-
formance which Wolverine teams
have maintained in the past.
Really, though, finishing fourth
wasn't lousy just because the Wol-
verines were the defending cham-
pions with a strong winning tra-
dition behind them or ever be-
cause they felt they were the best
team in the country.
'M' Fell Behind
It was just that they went into
the meet to win and wound up
floundering behind two teams they
had already edged in the Big Ten
meet-Ohio State (the eventual
NCAA winner) and Minnesota-
as well as Southern California.
Stager had to chalk that one off
as a bad day, but even if his team
had won the championship, it
still couldn't have claimed the col-
legiate championship. That honor
would have had to go to Indiana,
suspended from NCAA competition
until 1964, but still recognized as
the best group of swimmers ever
to represent a university.
Big Ten champions for the sec-
ond season running and undefeat-
ed in dual meets last year, the

Hoosiers are an even better bet
to retain their top-ranked spot
this season, especially since they
have a strong freshman crew com-
ing up to replace their light grad-
uation losses.
Not Cinches
Stager, however, doesn't seem
to feel that the Hoosiers are quite
the cinches that everybody else
thinks they are.
"We could even catch them this
year if we can nail the sprint
events and relays," he predicted
over the summer. Stager had gone
out on a limb last year, too, just
before a humiliatingly lopsided
dual meet loss to Indiana, but
this time he's got more than hope
to back him up.
Some of the most promising
freshmen in years are figuring
into Stager's plans this time, and
it's no accident that as sopho-
mores this season they happen to
fit into the holes left by gradu-
Six Graduated
Gone from last year are only
six men, and Stager has sopho-
more replacements for all but two
-distance freestylers Bill Darn-
ton and Win Pendleton. Stager is
hoping that the new sophs will
take the sting out of the loss of
sprinters Jim Kerr and Dennis
Floden, diver Ron Jaco and back-
stroker-individual medleyist Fred
All six placed high in either the

...top sophomore

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Big Ten or NCAA finals over the
last two years, and Wolf was Big
Ten champ in the medley as a
Bartsch Outstanding
To take Wolf's place is the out-
standing swimmer on last year's
freshman team-Ed Bartsch, a
backstroke -individual medleyst
from Pennsylvania. He was no-
thing short of sensational in his
brief outings last year, outswim-
ming Wolf and Mike Reissing as
early as December. Then, despite
a mid-season layoff, Bartsch still
got down low enough to take a
third and fourth in the AAU 100
and 220- yd. backstroke events in
His times of :55.0 and 2.14.8 were
good enough to make many ob-
servers think Bartsch is going to
be hard to keep off the U. S.
team in the 1964 Olympic Games,
and Stager, who coached the men's
team in 1960, agrees.
Key Butterfly Man
Stager picks another of last
year's freshmen, Lanny Reppert,
to be a key man in the butterfly,
sprints and individual medley.
Reppert, also from Pennsylvania,
timed a fast :53.8 in the AAU
meet and just missed making the
finals in the 100-yd. fly.
Stager would like to use Bartsch
and Reppert on his medley relay
team along with NCAA champion
breaststroker Dick Nelson and
put one of three sophomore sprint-
ers on the anchor leg.
Three Sprinters
Jim Riutta, former Michigan
high school champion sprinter
from Flint, John Johnson from
Grosse Pointe and Tom Burns
from Washington D. C. all could
fill in as the freestyler on the
The Hoosiers are American rec-
ord-holders for the distance, but
Stager commented, "The medley
could come right down to the
sprinter. Bartsch can go with any
of their backstrokers (Tom Stock,
world record-holder and AAU
champion); Reppert, we hope, can
go with any of their butterflyers
(Lary Schulhof, AAU champ);, and
Nelson, possibly, can go with
(Chet) Jastremski (world record-
holder and AAU champ).
"And if you've got a .:47 or :48
anchor man, that's three seconds
right there on a man who does
:51, and we're not anticipating
much from Indiana in the sprints."
Other Relays
In the sprints and freestyle re-
lay, Stager could go with all sophs
-Riutta, Johnson, Burns and
Reppert. "We just might have one
of the best sprint relay teams in
the country this year," Stager
They're the ones who will have
to "nail" the sprints and relays,
but more help will come from two
sophomore divers-Ed Boothman,
state champ from Royal Oak, and
John Candler, a 1960 Olympian'
from England who will have only
year of eligibility here.
The best of the rest are Dennis1
Fitzgerald in the fly, Pete Max-
well and Steve Selander in the
backstroke and I-M, and Drew
Patterson, Dave Abineri and Jim
Granger in the breaststroke.
Hope for Solid Group
Stager is hoping this crop of'
sophomores is as solid as last
year's, when half of the top .22
men were newcomers and started
to come around just in time to1
upset everybody but Indiana in1
the conference meet.


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Other Juniors
In the breaststroke, juniors Jon
Baker and Geza Bodolay join Nel-
son, a senior, to make one of
the strongest trios around. Nel-
son, the former American record-
holder, finished second to Jastrem-
ski in the 100-yd. breaststroke in
the Big Ten meet and went on
to retain his NCAA title at 100
yds. and take second in the 200,
his weaker distance.
Baker followed closely in the
NCAA 200, placing fourth as one
of the few bright spots among last
year's sophs in the NCAA meet.
Bodolay is best at 100 yds. and
finished fifth in the conference
meet race last year.
Reissing, a senior, will be the
only top backstroker besides
Bartsch, but he's the varsity rec-
ord-holder in the 200.
Among the freestylers, Frank
Berry is the only veteran sprinter.
The junior anchored both relay
teams last year.
Four Distance Men
Of the four distance men left,
captain-elect John Dumont and
Warren Uhler, both seniors, have
been consistant point-getters for
two years, and Uhler got a sixth
in last year's NCAA 1500.
The best, though, is Roy Burry,
a junior, from Detroit, who was
good enough last year to have
beaten Dgrnton in a dual meet in
the 440. He also wound up third
in the NCAA 1500 and just missed
making the 440 finals. Tom Dud-
ley, another junior, gives the Wol-
verines plenty of depth there.
The only two experienced divers
left are senior Pete Cox and jun-
ior Paul Attar. Cox, a senior, was
fourth and seventh in the two
NCAA dives last year and with
Boothman and Candler should give
backbone to what has been tra-
ditionally Michigan forte.

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