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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

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SIDE LINES
by Jim Benagh, Sports Editor

MICHIGAN, ILLINOIS:
Rivals Battle for Track Title

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Nowhere To Go .. .

INDIANA'S great swimming team is to surpass Michigan In the
upcoming Big Ten and NCAA race, don't be alarmed. It's a Michi-
gan tradition to get caught from behind.
It's happened that way' before-in football, basketball, hockey
jnd track. Michigan takes an early leadership and builds up a tre-
Mnendous national dynasty and tradition. Then it sits on top of the
mountain, biding its time until the rest of the colleges see the glamour
nd climb up to the top to share it.
Football-and the money and prestige it brings-started things
Dif. Michigan became the earliest Midwest school to break into East-
ern domination for gridiron prestige in the late 1890's. Under in-
vincible Fielding H. Yost the Wolverines stayed on top until the 1930's.
Football at Michigan didn't get worse then-the other schools saw
the glamour and caught up with Yost.
Wholesale recruiting began in the early 1920's and many prospects
felt financial benefits nullified academics and tradition-two Michi-
gan assets. However, this is not to say that Michigan had a clean slate
In the initial recruiting battles. Yost himself went on a rampage in
the early twenties and even had George Gpp all set to transfer here
from Notre Dame until the Gipper made a last minute decision and
stayed in South Bend.
After World War IT, many of the "no-account schools" in foot-
ball made a big push for the money and glory. Michigan State, Iowa
and Northwestern jumped to the top in a matter of two or three years
time. It's gotten to the point now that each Big Ten football race is
one big toss up from year to year.
At present, it is hard to believe that any team will ever dominate
the Conference the way Michigan or Chicago or Minnesota once did.
Getting back to swimming, though, it was Michigan who first
brought national attention to the fast-splashing kids. Like football, a
great individual-Matt Mann-was responsible for the start. Because
of Michigan's power, no national team score was kept during the first
13 years of the championship meet. When scores were begun, Michigan
won the first five titles (1937-42).
However, Ohio State used new tools-divers and Hawaiian swim-
mers--to climb the mountain and join Yale in catching Michigan.
But Gus Stager came along as coach in 1956 and re-vitalized
Michigan. However, academic pressure makes winners come hard at
Michigan. For each one of Michigan's last three NCAA champion-
ships, there's a set of heavy rings under Stager's eyes. He has to work
overtime in recruiting and coaching.
Michigan Equaled-Overnight . .
EANWHILE, INDIANA comes to town today as a serious challenger
for the Big Ten crown for the first time. Its powerhouse was built
In the period of one year. Southern Cal is doing the same thing on the
West Coast. Some 25 years of swimming tradition by Michigan is
equaled overnight.
Michigan can't get much better, either. It builds a beautiful pool
in 1956, then Michigan State and Indiana construct better ones im-
mediately-and add an outdoor pool to boot.
The same thing happened in basketball. Michigan built the first
college field house in the United States (Yost, 1923) and produced
some superb cage teams in the 1920's. But basketball fell to the way-
side here with the school's'lacksidasical attitude. Meanwhile, brand
new field houses are springing, or have sprung up, at six Big Ten
schools in the last dozen years. Michigan, says Athletic Director Fritz
Crisler, doesn't have any immediate plans for a new building.
Michigan started another college tradition when former coach,
Vic Heyliger, took college hockey out of its rut just after tihe war. To
do it, he brought in good Canadian players and won six NCAA cham-
pionships in the next 10 years.
But as in the other cases, the rest of the collegians saw the light
and beat Michigan at its own game. Michigan didn't get worse; in
fact, the present team could probably outskate many of Heyligers
contingents. It's just that other schools reached the top of the moun-
tain with the Wolverines. Actually, some even catipulted sky high,
like this year's great Denver sextet.
Track was another Michigan stronghold for the first three decades
of this century. Wolverines earned as many Gold Medals for Uncle
Sam as any other school-and usually more. As usual, other schools
were attracted to the Gold Medals and worked to get potential win-
ners in their folds.
Michigan track, however, did some catipulting of its own when
young Don Canham came along in the late forties to coach. Illinois
had begun using great foreign athletes a couple of years before and
found tremendous success. So Canham set out to beat them at their
own game instead of watching the passerbys.
He did such a good job that his team is the best bet among Michi-
gan teams to register a championship this winter.
Fate of Rose Bowl Game
Be Decided at Columbus

OLD FOES - John Parks (left) of Indiana and John Urbanscok of Michigan, the two returning
place winners from last year's Big Ten swimming championships are slated to meet again this aft-
ernoon in the opening session of 50th conference meet. Last year Parks finished second and Ur-
banscok fifth, but the Wolverine junior turned the tables on his foe in the NCAA meet last season.
AT VARSITY POOL

By TOM WITECKI
Michigan and Illinois will renew
their fierce track rivalry at Colum-
bus this weekend, with the, Big
Ten indoor title hanging in the
balance once again.
Last year these two powerful
squads met three times, with the'
Illini, under Coach Leo Johnson,
coming out on top twice. They
edged the Wolverines 64/2-5812
in an indoor dual meet, but the
Wolverines came back two we Mks
later to take the Conference in-
door title. In this meet the Wol-
verines came up with several "im-
.possible" performances to roll up
71 points, while the Illiui amassed
just 48.
It was a different story outdoors
as the Wolverines, hampered by
the loss of star sprinter Tom Rob-
inson, could total only 45 points
While the victorious Illini piled up
651/2.
Dual Meet Canceled
This winter the dual sheet be-
tween the two schools was can-
celed; thus Saturday, the two
squads will be facing each other
for the first time this season.
And the Illini, says Michigan
track coach Don Canham, "are
loaded."
Looking down the roster of re-
turning lettermen, one can't help
agree with the Michigan coach.
First, there is George Kerr, who
is probably one of the best, i hnot
the best, 880-yard runner in the
world. This Jamaican-born senior
is one of the top favorites in this
summer's Olympic 800-meter race.
Kerr can run the shorter dis-
tances too. He showed that just
last Saturday when he turned in
a :47.9 quarter mile, the fastest
of the indoor season. Illini Coach
Johnson will probably double his
star in the 440 and 880, in hopes
of gaining the maximum number
of points.
Potential in Mile
In the mile, Illinois has two
standouts: Ken Brown, second

place finisher in last year's indoor
meet, and team captain Jim Bow-
ers, who ran a 4:09-plus mile last
week. Brown is also a fine two-
miler, finishing second in the out-
door meet last year, followed by
teammate Harold Harris, who took
third.
In Del Coleman, the Illini have
a versatile performer, who placed
in three events in last year's in-
door meet. This year he is a threat
once again in the 60- and 300-
yard races, along with the broad
jump.
Also in the broad jump is tal-
ented Paul Foreman, who finished
second in the broad Jump last
year and has cleared 24' this year.
Football Back
In the shotput, the Illini have
another poteptial titlist in foot-
ball back Bill Brown, who has
tossed the shot over 52' indoors.
Backing Coleman up in the mid-
Officials
Set .Date
Michigan officially announced
yesterday that the Minnesota
football game slated for October
22 has been selected for. home-
coming.
By selecting this date the Ath-
letic Department has kept tra-
dition of selecting the third week
in October for Homecoming.
At the same time the Purdue
game, October 22, 1961 was se-
lected as Homecoming for the fol-
lowing season.

dIe distance races is junior Ted
Beastall, who took third in the
880-yard outdoor finals. In addi-
tion to these known stars, Coach
Johnson will probably pull a
couple more point-getters out of
his reserve bag.
Thus, the Wolverines will need
another all-out performance if
they hope to retain the cham-
pionship title they won so impress
pionship title they won so impress-
ively and deservingly last year.
SCORES
NBA
Minneapolis 123, New York 113
Detroit 116, St. Louis 110
Boston 133, Philadelphia.119
COLLEGE
Holy Cross 86, Boston College 79
Dayton 75, Detroit 69
Iowa State 61, Drake 57
SMU 93, Arkansas 82
Tulane 64, LSU 54
Providence 80, Rhode island 49
St. Joseph's 78, Lafayette 66
Loloya 89, John Carroll 75
Syracuse 73 , Naigara 69
Rutgers 85, Lehigh 70
Big Ten Scoring

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competitors in their respective
heats.
Indiana's Pete Si n tz, Fred
Rounds, and Tom Verth are seed-
ed first through third respective-
ly, but it is doubtful that all three'
will start .
The other Indiana entries are
senior John Parks, seeded sev-
enth, and Frank Brunell is seed-
ed 23rd and last.
Wolverines Hope
Michigan's hope in the 1500
rests with Bill Darnton and Andy
Morrow, placed fourth and fifth
respectively, Win Pen d 1 e t o n,
eighth, John Urbanscok, ninth
and Tom Bechtel, 12th.
Each team will be forced to
withdraw one man from their en-
try list to reach the allowable
number of entries and all evi-
dence points to the fact that
neither Sintz nor Morrow will be
on the starting blocks tomorrow
af ternoon.
Of the other aforementioned
entrants only Indiana's Parks and
Michigan's Urbanscok have ever
swum the distance in collegiate
competition.
Parks, who has campaigned in
the sprints this year, finished sec-
ond in last year's Big Ten 1500,
while Urbanscok was fifth in the
same meet and placed second at
the NCAA championships.
All Sophomores
Verth, Rounds, Brunnel, Darn-
ton, Pendleton and Bechtel are
all sophomores and will have
their first opportunity at this
event today.
The 200-yard individual medley
is expected to be a two man battle
between Indiana's Bill Barton and
the host's Fred Wolf.
Wolf turned in the fastest time
of the season (2:06.8) by a yard.
The Wolverines will again be
without the services of Captain
Tony Tashnick, American, NCAA
and Big Ten record-holder in this
event, sidelined for three weeks
by mononucleosis, the Michigan

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senior has now been felled by
academics.
Academically Ineligible
Tashnick was declared academ-
ically ineligible this week after
failing an exam, which he missed,
while in Health Service.
Behind Wolf and Barton there
is a drop-off in talent. Other con-
testants who are expected to be
in a battle for the remaining
four places are Brunell, Chip Pet-
erson of Minnesota, Chuck Bab-
cock of Michigan and MSU's
Dave Diget.
The one-meter diving competi-
tion is also expected to be a two-
team battle, but the teams in this
instance are Michigan and Ohio
State, with Indiana conspicuous
in its absence.
Schedule of Events
Thursday afternoon, 2:30
1. 200-Yard Individual Medley trials
2. 1500-Meter Freestyle finals
Thursday evening, 8:00
1. One-Meter Diving
(Preliminaries and semi-finals)
2. 200-Yard Individual Medlay finals
Friday afternoon, 12:30
1. Trials for evening finals
Friday evening, 8:00
1. 200-Yard Butterfly
2. 50-Yard Freestyle
3. 200-Yard Backstroke
4. 220-Yard Freestyle
5. 100-Yard Breaststroke
6. One-Meter Diving
7. 400-Yard Freestyle Relay
Saturday afternoon, 1:30
1. Trials for evening finals
Saturday evening, 8:00
1. 100-Yard Butterfly
2. 100-Yard Freestyle
3. 200-Yard Breaststroke
4. 100-Yard Backstroke
5. 440-Yard Freestyle
7. 400-Yard Medley Relay
6. Three-Meter Diving

The competition between OSU's
Sam Hall, defending champion,
and Tom Gompf and Michigan's
Bob Webster and Joe Gerlach is
expected to be as close as any in
the meet.
Indiana Coach Jim Counsilman
has stated that Indiana's lack o
diving and Michigan's abundance
of talent in the two springboard
events should turn the meet in the
favor of the Wolverines.
Gus Stager, the Wolverine
coach, similarly feels that diving
will give his team a boost, but
he is a little more reticent than
Counsilman to predict the meet's
outcome.

Dlschinger, Pur.
Lucas, OSU
Walker, MSU
Johnson ,Minn.
Tidwell, Mich.
Bellamy,. Ind.
Vaughn, 11l.
Jackson, Ill.
Joneg, NU
Miller, Mich.
Cronk, Minn.
Nelson, Iowa
Nowell, OSU
Radovich, Ind.

FG FT Pts. Ag.
116 120 352 27.1
132 75 .339 26.1
119 82 320 24.6
116 64 296 22.8
115 65 295 22.7
115 63 293 22.5
109 35 253 19.5
97 35 229 17.6
78 68 224 17.2
71 28 170 15.5
71 56 198 15.2
69 57 195 15.0
80 33 193 14.9
74 43 191 14.7

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mould pick any Big Ten team that°
vas willing to participate.
A key area in the administrative'
.iscussion of the "individual" set-
p would be financial. At present,
hie Big Ten's share of the Rose'
owl - usually around $400,000
- is divided into 12 shares, with
double share for the participant,
ne for each of the other schools
nd the remaining share goes to
he Conference office.
How the money would be divided
.p under the "individual" system,
ould prove to be an interesting
nd ticklish question. A group of
thletic directors was appointed
,t the May meeting to look into
his and other problems under an
individual" school setup. They
nay have a report ready at this
neeting.
Another matter of interest that
nay appear in the course of the
neetings is a discussion of the Big
Pen's present aid plan. Although
b isn't listed on the agenda, word
round the Conference is that it
'ill be brought up by those who
re dissatisfied with the limit on

the 'need' factor under the present
setup.
The officials have four meetings
scheduled, one this afternoon, a
morning and afternoon session to.
morrow and a final session Satur-
day morning.

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