FOUR THE MICHIGAN DAILY
HIGAN SWIM CAPTAIN:
ashnick Out of Action Indefinitely
MAY DECIDE NCAA, BIG TEN MEETS:
Divers Hold Key to cM' Swun Success
By HAL APPLEBAUM
Cichigan Swim Captain Tony
hnick will be out of action in-
nitely with infectious mono-
ashnick, American, NCAA, and
Ten record holder in both the
-yard butterfly and 200-yard
vidual relay, is currently in
,th Service where he will re-
n until some time next week.
is not yet known when he
be able to return to action.
ch Gus Stager said, "He will
bably be out of all of the re-
maining dual meets. However, we
are hoping he will be able to swim
in the Big Ten Championship and
in the NCAA meet in March."
"Whether or not Tashnick can
swim in these meets depends on
his ability to recover from the ill-
ness," Stager mentioned.
"Mononucleosis weakens an in-
dividual tremendously and we
don't know if Tashnick will be
able to regain the strength he
needs to swim well," the Michigan
Tashnick was a swim sensation
in 1957-58 season when as an un-
heralded sophomore he won three
Big Ten, two NCAA and an AAU
title. Last year he repeated his Big
Ten triumphs, but lost his NCAA
titles to teammate Dave Gilland-
ers and surrendered his AAU title
to another Wolverine, Frank Le-
This past summer Tashnick
represented the United States in
the Pan-American Games.
The loss of Tashnick leaves Gil-
landers the sole Wolverine stand-
out in the 200-yard butterfly.
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Michigan swimmers extended
their dual meet win streak to 31,
the longest in their illustrious his-
tory, with easy victories over Iowa
State, Minnesota and Purdue dur-
ing the semester break.
Coach Gus Stager, using few of
his star swimmers in their spe-
cialties, saw his Wolverines de-
feat Iowa State, 70-25 and Min-;
nesota, 69-36, January 15 and 16,
the weekend preceding exams, and
then return after a two-week lay-
off to trounce Purdue 70-34, Feb.
In winning these three meets
the Wolverines had 19 different
swimmers finish first as they won
27 of the 33 events held.
The Wolverines' dual meet win
streak of 31 has surpassed the
previous Michigan record of 29
set in the years 1928-1931, which
was broken when the New York
Athletic Club defeated the Wol-
verines 46-28 in February 1931.
In the period 1938-1942 Mich-
igan went 32 straight dual meets
without a defeat, but their record
was marred by two ties with Ohio
State in the 1941-1942 season.
This streak was ended in January
1942 when Yale swamped the
The only winner for Michigan
in all three meets over the semes-
ter break was junior breaststrok-
er Ron Clark, who set an Ameri-
can, NCAA, Michigan and Pool
Record in the 200-yard breast-
stroke against Purdue.
Clark won easily at Minnesota
and Iowa State, but swam the dis-
tance in only fair times.
Against Purdue, however, he
planned and won his race against
the clock, shattering every short
course record as he went. His time
of 2:19.2 bettered the NCAA mark
of 2:21.3 set by Bill Mulliken of
Miami (0.) last year and the
American record of 2:23.4 held by
Charles Griffith of the Hill School
set in 1958.
The meets at Iowa State and
Minnesota marked the final com-
petition for freestyler Dick Han-
cy, wHo completed his eligibility.
The next meet is Feb. 13 against
MSU and Stager hopes to have
his swimmers near top condition
as they begin the hard battle to
retain the conference and nation-
MICHIGAN 70. Iowa state 25
MICHIGAN 69, Minnesota 36
MICHIGAN 70, Purdue 34
Michigan winners and Times:
50-yard freestyle - Dave Heizer
By HAL APPLEBAUM
Michigan divers are on the spot.
With the Big Ten and NCAA
swimming championships rapidly
a p p r o a c h i n g, Michigan swim
coach Gus Stager and acting div-
ing coach Dick Kimball are grow-
ing firmer in their conviction that
if the Wolverines are to retain
their possession of these coveted
swim titles the divers will be re-
sponsible for providing the win-
Michigan's only serious chal-
lenger for Big Ten honors, Indi-
ana, is without divers of cham-
pionship quality. Thus, whatever
points the Wolverines earn in div-
ing will have to be made up by
the Hoosiers in the swimming
events if they are to unseat Mich-
igan in Big Ten, National or dual
Southern California, considered
the only other challenger for na-
tional honors, has one diver, Gary
Tobian, of recognized champion-
Only Other Divers
In fact, the only other divers
who can threaten the Michigan
squad and Tobian is the Ohio
State duo of Sam Hall and Lou
Vitucci. However, the Buckeyes
will be unable to match the Wol-
verines, Hoosiers or Trojans in
the swimming events.
"It may well be that the Indi-
ana dual meet, the Big Ten and
the NCAA championships will all
be decided by the diving," stated
"Indiana will have to forfeit
seven points to us in the dual
meet and probably more in the
other meets. If we can win some
firsts or seconds in the big meets
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The key to the Michigan div-
ing success may be held by junior
Bob Webster, a transfer student,
who gained his eligibility at the
end of the past semester.
A medal winner in the Pan-
American games, Webster, a na-
tive of Santa Ana, Calif. will team
with Joe Gerlach, Ernie Meissner,
Ron Jaco and 'T' Francis on what
may be the strongest collegiate
diving team in the nation.
Webster and Gerlach, the cur-
rent AAU indoor champion, give
the Wolverines the finest one-two
punch in the nation, while the
presence of Meissner, Jaco and
Francis gives the squad needed
and outstanding depth.
All Can Place
"All five men are capable of
placing in Big Ten and NCAA
competition, however, we are only
allowed to enter four men in each
meet," Kimball stated.
"I hope that we will be able to
qualify all four in both meets and
if we do we are capable of scor-
ing a total of 15 points in each
diving event," he added.
"That's a lot to hope for, but on
any given day our divers are cap-
able of doing that well," Kimball
mentioned confidently, "and our
success may hinge on such a per-
"Webster, Gerlach, Hall and
Tobian should have a wide open
battle in the National Chanipion-
ships and it's virtually impossible
to say who will win," Kimball, a
former Michigan diving star
turned coach, stated.
Not As Sharp
"Meissner, Jaco, Francis, Vit-
ucci and whoever else appears on
the scene aren't quite as sharp as
the other four. However, there's
no reason why we can't place four
divers in the final standings in
the National Championship," he
"We should do better in the
Big Ten's because besides the two
Ohio State divers there will be
virutally no competition," Kim-
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