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idiana Snaps Swimmers' Dual Meet String, 5


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"I certainly don't like losing,
it in some ways I'm glad our
reak was broken," said Michigan
oach Gus Stager in a post mor-
:m meeting following yesterday's
efeat at the hands of Indiana.
"When you're on top and have
long win streak going you have
othing to shoot for, while every-
ne shoots at you," the obviously
isappointed Stager added. "Now
e have, something to shoot for,
"When you have a streak that
retches over three or four years
ou need supermen to keep it go-
ig and you can't count on swim-
ing like supermen every time,"
e added.
'We Let Down'Stager
"I thought we were going to win
hen we led after the diving, but
e just let down in the last half.
Te weren't tough enough, Indi-
na was," Stager continued slow-
"Indiana swam just about as
e had expected them to. Mike
roy was great and so was Kitch-
1. Other than that we were not
irprised," he said.
While .Stager was answering
uestions, greeting Michigan swim
lumni, in town for a reunion,
nd meeting high school swim-
2ers and their coaches, the meet's

outstanding performer Mike Troy
stood less than 20 feet away, talk-
ing to a reporter from a national
magazine. He was oblivious to the
crowd of adulating high schoolers
who surrounded him, in perfect
contrast to the discouraged Mich-
igan coach.
Ahead of Gillanders
"I came out of the opening dive
a stroke ahead of G i ll a n d e r s
(Dave) and I just went from
there," the powerfully built world
record holder from Indianapolis
said happily.
"The guys were really high for
this meet. Our team from the In-,
dianapolis Athletic Club has won
the outdoor AAU championships
three years in a row and every-
body's always worked up for that
one, but I never saw anything like
this. I just hope we can hold this
peak for the Big Ten and NCAA
Championships," Troy comment-
Asked whether nervousness
kept him or his teammates awake
during the night, Troy smiled and
replied, "No, I slept well, although
I did have some trouble at first."
"The spring in my bunk at the
Union sagged and it was also too
short for me, so I just put it on
the floor and slept soundly after
that," he said.

(Continued from Page 1)
then scored nine points in- the
butterfly and 100-yard freestyle
and the host's four point edge re-
mained with four events still
Indiana Began Drive
However, in the next event, the
200-yard backstroke, Indiana be-
gan its drive towards victory.
Frank McKinney, holder of
nearly all existing backstroke rec-
ords, took an early lead and
coasted to victory, while team-
mate Dick Beaver edged Wolf and
Alex Gaxiola for second place.
Indiana, now leading 39-36, ex-;
tended its margin and for all prac-
tical purposes decided the meet's
outcome by completing another
slam in the next event, the 440-
yard freestyle.
Indiana Slam
The Indiana duo of Tom Verth'
adFred Rounds, who had Com-
pleted a slam earlier in the pro-
gram with their one-two finish in
the 220-yard freestyle, took com
mand early in the race and were'
never seriously threatened by the
Wolverine entries, Bill Darnton
and Win Pendleton.
R o u n d s, who barely edged
Darnton for second in the -'220,
sprinted to the lead in the 440
and remained there throughout.
Verth, his Canadian schoolmate,
trailed him by two yards.
Darnton finished a full second
behind Verth, a well beaten third.
Thus, with only two events left,
Indiana led 47-37 and the Wolver-
ines could have salvaged a victory
wiht a comparable slam in the
200-yard breaststroke and a first
place finish in the freestyle relay.
They got neither.
Clark Sets Pace
In the breaststroke, Michigan's
Ron Clark, American record hold-
er in the event, had hoped to go
to the fIrst 100-yards at a slow
pace, trying to force Indiana's
speedy Gerry Miki to swim at a
comparable speed, thus giving
teammate Ken Ware a chance to
catch the usually quick starting
Hoosier in the last 100 yards.,
Clark was able to keep the pace
down in the first 100 (his time
was a slow 1:11) and Ware was
within striking distance of the
leading duo. However, the
Hoosiers' co-captain finished with
a strong 100 and, although Clark
sprinted ahead to victory, Ware
and Michigan were left in his
Now only a disqualification of
the Indiana team in the freestyle
relay could have prevented a Wol-

verine defeat, but swimming con-
servatively the Hoosier quartet
came nowhere near to committing
such a mistake as they beat a dis-
pirited Michigan combo to estab-
lish the final 11 point margin.
Hoosiers Begin Strongly
The Hoosiers began the meet
just as strongly as they finished
it. The Indiana relay team opened
the program with its record shat-
tering effort and Verth and
Rounds' followed it with their
slam in the 220.
Behind 16-5, the Wolverines
came back with a slam of their
own in 50-yard freestyle with Carl
Woolley and Frank Legacki fin-
ishing one-two, narrowing the
margin by seven points.
Wolf's victory in the individual
medley cut another point from
the Indiana lead and Michigan's
second and final slam, in one-
meter diving, gave the Wolverines
their aforementioned 26-22 lead.
'M' Sweeps Diving
The diving was won by Joe
Gerlach with Bob Webster a close
second as the Wolverine duo gave
the fans a real show with their
near perfect execution from the
rarely used low board.
Michigan's other winner was

urday, before returning home for
another meeting with Indiana,
this time in the Big Ten Cham-
pionships, March 3, 4, 5.
The Wolverines gave a tremen-
dous effort yesterday but it just
wasn't enough to stave off the
determined men from Indiana who
were out to take away Michigan's
collegiate swimming supremacy.
The score indicates just how well
they accomplished this.
After the final score was an-
nounced, the jubilant Indiana
team threw Coach Jim Council-
man in the water for a well de-
served dousing, and he wasn't the
least bid mad.
However, it was evident to all
rational observers that Indiana
was clearly the better team yes-
terday, although a few breaks
might have tilted the edge the
other way.

Gigantic Crowd Fought
To See Swimming Meet

Legacki, who edged
Sintz in the 100-yard
The Wolverines will
a new victory string
meet Ohio State at Co
Streak En
400-yd. MEDLEY REL
diana (McKinney, 'I
Sintz) 2. Michigan.7
(Breaks American and
(I), 2. Rounds (I), 3. D
Time 2:06.3.
50-yd. FREESTYLE -
(M), 2. Legacki (M), 3
Time :22.4.
1. Wolf (M), 2. BartonI
nell (I). Time 2:06.8 (Ni
lach (M), 2. Webster (i
(I). 315.5 points.
200-yd. Butter/y - -.
Gillanders (M), 3. K
Time 1:59.1 (Breaks Ar
NCAA records)
100-yd. FREESTYLE -
(M), 2. Sintz (I), 3. 1
Time :49.6.
Kinney (I), 2. Beaver
(M). Time 2:05.7.
440-yd. FREESTYLE-
(1), 2. Verth (I), 3. Dar
(M), 2. Miki (I), 3. War
Indiana .(Parks, McKin
Sintz), 2. Michigan. Ti

-Daiy-Ian MacNiven
EVERYBODY WANTED IN-Yesterday's mad rush for tickets saw fans trying to climb over the
brick walls of Varsity Pool to get into the Michigan-Indiana swim meet which saw the Hoosiers snap
Michigan's 33-straight string of victories. The crowd was in line at 12:30, fully three hours before the
meet started, and the "sold out" sign went up at 2:30 as many fans were turned away.

IIndiana's ' By FRED KATZ
freestyle. Associate Sports Editor that we don't have an advance
freetyl, sle fr simmng mets Somany
try to begin Por all practical purposes, yes- salofthe foregularswimmingmees know this that
when they terday's great swim dual meet they would have been left out if
lumbus Sat- could have begun an hour earlier they had sold tickets ahead of
than its 3:30 starting time. we h
MIS At least, the 2,500 spectators time."
AY -- I. In- the Michigan pool will hold, were As," it was,tily of the " lea
rroy, Mi, all there then, leaving not a spare about the results second-hand be-
rime 3:41.2. inch even in the most remote cor-abuthrelsscodanb-
NCAA rec- ners cause they didn't show up soon
- 1. Verth It was a result of the most fren-B E
arnton (M). zied demand for tickets in the Sale Began arly
for-ea history of the Pool.The sale began at 1:30, a half-
- 1. Woolley Pretty Good 'Fights' Before hour sooner than planned because
. Parks (I). "Of course," recalls harried of the line already formed.
MEDLEY - Ticket Manager Don Weir, "we "Many arrived here at noon and
(M), 3. Bru- used to have some pretty good we just couldn't keep them waiting
ew American ticket fights for Ohio State-Michi- any longer," explained Weir.
gan meets back in the days when Weir and his crew were well
) 3. Gms we used the 964-seat pool. prepared for the ticket rush and
"But even the NCAA meet here had policemen at the entrances
.Troy (I). 2. two years ago didn't build up the controlling the crowd.
Kitchell (I). widespread interest like this one." Even after the sellout, many de-
merican and Weir had been turning down re- termined students refused to con-
- 1. Legacki quests for the coveted pasteboards cede defeat.
woolley (M). all winter and just the past week Gate Crashers
said "no" to a high school coach One of the policemen rushed
E --- 1. Mc- who wanted 100 for his students. in to inform Weir that paid cus-
(I), 3. Wolf Demand Picked Up tomers were walking out with as
- 1. Rounds "Demands really picked up the many as a dozen stubs to pass out
nton (M). last few days and today the phone to their waiting friends.
-- 1. Clark was going crazy," Weir related No one goes out." commanded
e (M). Time while relaxing a few minutes after Weir, well-experienced in the devi-
the "sold out" sign went up at ous ways of the gate-crasher.
RELAY -- .. "It's a shame you can't be every-
ney, Brunell, ust couldn't understand one's friend," he confided.
Mme 3;23.$. ,epejs olntudrtn
me___:23.6.____p___ But for a event where five times
the number of seats are in de-
liimand, firmness is a ticket man-
liiager's prerequisite.

tIe ame's the thing!
Fred Katz, Associate Sports Editor
OCTOR JAMES COUNCILMAN, Indiana swimming coach and
chief Nomad of the Big Ten, believes in setting goals.
This alone could hardly stamp him as unique from other purpose-
ful individuals.
But he sets goals so remote from reality that only a man with his
frequent association with sucess could get away with it without being
looked at in a manner that questions the state of mental health.
Yesterday he accomplished one that even he admits was ahead of
schedule. His band of underclassman water churners defeated three-
times defending NCAA champion Michigan,
In so doing, the Hoosiers picked up an incredible 38 points in the
span of a year against the Wolverines. Last year Michigan had only
to jump into the pool to splash to a 66-39 drubbing of IU,Yesterday
Indiana won by 11.
* * * *
"WERE YOU POINTING for this one, Dr. Councilman?"
"We sure were."
"For how long?"
"Three years," he answered with a sly grin.
The time is significant, for that was when he inherited the team
upon the death of Bob Royer. It was a team that was going nowhere.
And it had only two outstandingsophomores-John Parks and Gerald
Miki-now seniors.
But as his deadwood began graduating, a club in the state capitol
was also having graduation exercises. The Indianapolis Athletic Club
was turning out such star pupils as Frank McKinney, Mike Troy aid
Bill Barton-summa cum laudes all. With every stroke they now make
life more and more worth living for Councilman and Indiana swim
A couple of more stray sophomores and Michiganders to boot -
Pete Sintz (Birmingham) and Fred Rounds (Battle Creek)-have also
helped immensely in indicating
that the Wolverines no longer
shall run rampant over all.
"If we hadn't had those two, we
certainly couldn't have won," says
Councilman. "What's encouraging
about their presence at Indiana is
that they came to Bloomington on
their own. The first we had heard
about them was when they came
down to look over the campus."
COUNCILMAN, in addition, to
luring and acquiring by acci-
dent some top young swimming '
talent, has obtained himself a x ; <
diving coach who is sure to
strengthen the Hoosiers' only weak a
event. He is Hobie Billingsley, a .1
former teammate of Councilman x
and the late Bruce Harlan when
all three were members of Ohio SW i
State's national champions in the 4r t'A
"It wasn't easy getting Hobie JIM COUNSILMAN
to come to Indiana last year," re- ... three-year wait
veals Councilman of his person-
able assistant who was diving coach at Ohio State at the time. "In
fact it was downright difficult. We begged him and offered him money
-lots of it."
There's no doubt that it was a tremendous investment. Billingsley
has already attracted one top-notch freshman with others apparently
on the way.
* * * *
ALTHOUGH LACK of good material has been overcome by Council
man In resounding fashion, he still faces other obstacles.
Indiana has only two small pools, one for divers and one for
"And the swimmers' pool is so small we're forced to work out in
two-hour shifts," he says. "Not that our swimmers could afford
to practice more than two hours daily anyway. They wouldn't be able
to handle their academic load if they did."
What Councilman lacks In facilities he more than compensates
for in his own training system. His athletes use weights and other
body-building methods to round into shape when not in the pool.
"Of course, you have to be careful not to overdo it, but if done
right, it can be very effective," Councilman says.
While overcoming problems seems to be Counsilman's specialty,
his success has led to a new one of a more personal nature-nerves.
"This meet involved the most pressure I've ever had in my life,"
he revealed, sounding more like a rookie than a veteran from OSU,
Illinois and Iowa.
"Gus (Stager) was telling me he took sleeping pills Friday night.
I didn't - and I didn't sleep, either."
We have a feeling Doctor Counsilman slept quite well last night.

Local Girls
Drop Meet
To Riviera
It was a glorious day for the
state of Indiana in swimming yes-
terday as the two Hoosier teams
invaded Ann Arbor and won vic-
tories, the first and least of which
was the 75-47 triumph by the In-
dianapolis Riviera Club.
The girls from Riviera defeated
the Ann Arbor Swim Club, par-
tially composed of Michigan co-
eds, for its 92nd straight win in
the Midwest League.
Becky Collins led the winners
with three firsts, setting a League
record in the 200-yard individual
medley, and missing her own
world record by only three sec-
onds in the 100-yard butterfly.
She also anchored a new record
in the medley relay.
Ann Arbor winners were Sue
Thrasher in the 250-yard free-
style in which she set a new
league record, freshman Pat
Trimmer in the 200-yard back-
stroke, and the 400-yard freestyle
relay team composed of coeds
Janice Snavely, Marcia Jones,
Sperry Jones, and Miss Thrasher.
They also set a new league rec-
"We did real well, but they were
better." said Ann Arbor Coach
Buck Dawson.
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