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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, September 7, 1978-Page 33

Donakowski gone, but talented
harriers set fot title chase

By ERNIE DUNBAR
When Michigan's cross country team
enters its fifth season under the direc-
tion of coach Ron Warhurst, the
harriers will be in a unique situation.
Prior to last season's disappointing
fourth place finish in the Big Ten
Championships the harriers had never
failed to capture the conference title for
their coach.
That three year winning streak was
ended by Wisconsin, however, causing
Warhurst to be a bit more cautious in
his remarks about the upcoming season
than he's been in past years.
With eight returning lettermen to
work with though, Warhurst says he
will deal with "an experienced group of
runners who've been through the
championship meets before."

Daily Photo by JOHN KNOX
,he Michigan cross country team, as this picture implies, usually ran ahead of
heir competition. But last year the squad fell to fourth place in the Big Ten.
With their new recruits, though, the harriers are out to reclaim the top spot.

YOUNG TEAM GETTING BETTER:
9Men swimmers making waves

By BILLY SAHN
Despite the deep freeze that most of
us experience during the school year,
the Wolverine tankers keep on swim-
ming.
Michigan's men's varsity swimming
team, always a tough competitor in the
Big Ten, displays its natural skills at
the spacious Matt Mann Pool.
The Wolverines swam to a 2-2 record
last season in the Big Ten, while com-
piling an overall 5-2 mark. They lost first
to Wisconsin and were later beaten by
perennial Big Ten champ Indiana.
The Wolverines rebounded however,
going on to beat Ohio State and
Michigan State.
Many of last year's stars will return,
including four freshmen of last season
that gave coach Gus Stager many hap-
py moments.
Leading the way is Fernando
Canales. A native of Puerto Rico,
Canales set two Michigan records at
last year's Big Ten championships. His
first record was in the 100-yard
freestyle, with a time of 45.22. His other
record setting performance was set in
the 200-yard freestyle in a time of
1:37.85.
The other three notables who have
ascended to the sophomore level are
freestyle sprinters Bob Murrary and
Tom Pederson, and freestyle distance
man Kevin Williamson.
"We had good depth in our freestyle

spring events and relay," explained
Stager. "This is where last year's
recruits really made the difference."
Two years ago Stager figured his two
recuits, Paul Griffith and Kevin
Morgan, as valuable assets for the
future..
Both performed well in last year's
Big Ten meet and were awarded with a
trip to the NCAA meet as members of
the freestyle relay team.
Last year's crop of incoming fresh-
men proved even more abundant and
successful.
Once again Stager feels he came up
with another fine recruiting season for
the coming season.
"Recruiting went very well. We got a
lot of fine youngsters," said Stager.
At the top of the list is a Michigan
state champion from Ann Arbor Huron
High School. John Paid placed first in
the 200-yard freestyle and second in the
500-yard distance event in the state
meet. He also triumphed at the
National Junior Olympics with a vic-
tory in the 500-yard free.
Another participant in the Junior
Olympics, Scott Crowder from
Delaware, also signed on to swim with
Michigan. Stager has high hopes for
Crowder, especially in the demanding
200-yard butterfly as well as on the
medley relay.
Walter Gage, from Battle Creek.
Lakefield, is a "versatile swimmer"

according to Stager. Gage displayed his
versatility in the state meet, finishing
third in the butterfly and fourth in
breaststroke.
Stager recruited yet two more butter-
flyers, Paul Griffith's brother Andy and
Craig Piper.
Jim Barron, from Oak Park, Ill., is
expected to round out the off-stroke
recruits. Barron, whose father played
basketball here a few years back,
placed third in the 100-yard breast-
stroke and fifth in the 200-yard in-
dividualamedley in the Illinois State
Championships.
Other freestyle swimmers recruited
include Jimmy Gentile, Mike Wilson,
Mike Dauw and Dean Ottosi.
"I feel we've filled in the holes," said
Stager. "We've added breaststrokers,
flyers and distance men. The only event
in which we failed to recruit was
backstroke."
In the diving events, the Wolverines
are again led by a top performer and
tough competitor. Senior Matt Chelich
leads coach Dick Kimball's diving
team.
Chelich was the 1977 NCAA one-meter
champion. In last year's Big Ten
championships he was first in the one-
meter and third in the three-meter.
Stager is preparing for the upcoming
season by adding many fresh faces to
the roster. Last year's young team will
be even younger this time around.

But he won't have the luxury of the
services of four lettermen from the 1977
team including Bill Donakowski, a
three time NCAA All-American and
winner of the Big Ten individual cross
country title last season. He also won
individual honors at the Central
Collegiate Conference Championships
while Michigan was racking up its third
consecutive team title.
The absence of Donakowski or a
similar "front runner" is one of the
weaknesses Warhurst will strive to
overcome during the season.
"In cross country you've got to have
somebody up there who's going to be in
the top three in all your big meets if
you're going to be able to score,"
Warhurst said. "I don't know who it is
going to be this year, but somebody's
got to take the initiative to be the leader
on the course when we're racing."
Among the top contenders for the
number one runner position vacated by
Donakowski are four of the participants
for Michigan inlast year's Big Ten
meet.
Senior Mike McGuire was the highest
finisher of the returning lettermen in
that race, placing 18th. The 1974 cross-
country All-American has been either
sick or injured for much of the past two
years, but Warhurst feels 1978 may
finally be McGuire's year.
"I'm looking for Michael to start
coming around a little bit better this
year. He'll have all summer to train
with Greg Meyer (three time cross
country All-Ameican)," Warhurst
noted.
Junior Dave Lewis (19th in the Big
Ten), who finished last season strongly
and seniors Bruce McFee (21st in the
conference) andDoug Sweazey (32nd)
are the other lettermen who competed
in last year's conference meet.
Joining that crew will be seniorSteve
Elliott who decided mid-way through
last season to drop the remainder of the
cross country calendar from his
schedule to concentrate on track. The
sixth place finisher in the Big Ten in
1976 decided to return to cross country
action once again this year and will
provide added experience to the
Wolverine lineup.
Rounding out the list of lettermen
are sophomore Gary Parenteau who
turned in a surprisingly good freshman
campaign and juniors Dan Heikkinen
and Jack Sinclair who will be attem-
pting comebacks after a leg injury
(Heilkkinen) and mononucleousis (Sin-
clair).

IT'S HARD TO GET FREE CIDER
FOR THE 19TH YEAR
1960

Pressing those eight veterans are
sophomores Gary Carter and Bill
Weidenbach who should be ready to
give Michigan some additional depth
now that they've adjusted to Warhur-
st's training methods.
Michigan's top recruit will keep the
Donakowski name around the cross
country scene four more years. Jerry

Donakowski of Dearborn Heights
Riverside is the little brother of Bill
Donakowski.
"He's state champ in cross country
two years in a row in Class B," noted
Warhurst. "I kind of thought that he
was the best cross country runner in the
state, in my opinion, last year. He's a
See HARRIERS, Page 37

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