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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Seven

Rowe:

Athlete

extraordinafre

FUTURE WORLDS
LECTURE SERIES presents

By JEFF CHOWN
Anyone who follows the world of sports
personalities extensively will at one time or
another become fed up with the hypocrisies
of the "American heroes." One becomes
tired of the athlete who tells you he'd rather
make a good pass to a teammate than sink
a 20-foot jump shot. Equally as tiresome is
the running back who follows a dozen great
blocks by his teammates, scores a touch-
down and then dances in the end-zone like
he was the greatest man who ever touched a
pigskin.
For me to admire an athlete, he has to
have different qualities than hypocritical
modesty or blatant ego-centricity. Of the
athletes I've met, the one who most
embodies what I respect just returned
from competing for Jamaica in the Com-
monwealth Games in New Zealand. His
name is Kim Rowe.
Rowe has outstanding personal traits to
go with the fact that he holds the indoor
Class C track world record in the 440-yard
dash, has won six Big Ten championships,
holds or shares three school records, and
ran in the 1972 Olympic Games. He is a
warm, friendly, honest person, who neither
comes across as conceited or falsely modest.
He is intensely self-confident, but at the
same time not concerned whether anyone
knows it or not. What is foremost in his mind
is whether Kim Rowe is satisfied with the
last race, not what anyone else thinks.
The first time I noticed that Kim was a
little unusual was after the Michigan Relays
a year ago. Rowe had run a good race and
I tried to get him to say something for the
press. But he was more interested in telling
me how much he liked my shoes and asking
me where he could get a pair. But if you
pin him down, he will give an honest and

candid analysis of himself:
"I'm not an aggressive athlete or a
mouth-off. I'm really most interested in
satisfying myself. If I do that I know
I'll come out at the top of the stick. I'm
very intense and sometimes so muchthat
it tightens me up. I don't believe in
things like talking to other athletes be-
fore a race, trying to psych them out.
If anything can psych them out, it should
be that I've run 47 flat and they'll have
to run their asses off to beat, me."
Rowe is also an exemplary sportsman.
Last year I was talking to Michigan State's
premier 600-yard dash man Bob Casselman
after he had just beaten Rowe in the last leg
of the mile-relay. Rowe came up to Cassel-
man and said, "Where I come from we really
respect a guy who runs like you." Casselman
later commented: "I have a lot of respect
for Kini, he's one hell of a competitor."
Rowe comes from J a m a i c a, and Kim
claims that "Track is bigger there than it
is in America, although the training is prob-
ably better here. But at my last high
school meet there were about 20.000 people,
paying prices up to $12. I had a tennis scho-
larship offer in Miami, but my father said
'Kim, if you want to do something, it will
be in track,' so I took the big step, and what
a step it was."
"Track is probably as tough here as
it was in high school, but the academic
life here is really intense. But track is
my life, and my academics took second.
But school has been pretty good, and
I've had a few breaks. I think I've made
the adjustment pretty well."
He was recruited while Dave Martin was
still head track coach. Dixon Farmer had
this to say about Rowe the day before he
was elected team co-captain along with Steve

Adams: "There's no doubt about Kim being;
a leader - not only to the other quarter-
milers, but to the whole team.
Team leadership is a big responsibility,
and Rowe feels perhaps he'd be a better
runner if there wasn't as much pressure for
him to do well, although he readily accepts
it. One thing that is harder to take is Mich-
igan's lack of indoor track facilities this
year. Kim felt this hurt him in the Com-
monwealth Games:
"They were really racing out there,
and it was my first real meet of the
season. I wasn't that ready and I ran a
pair of 47's in the preliminaries
It also looks like Rowe won't get a real
chance at bettering his world record this
year, because of the lack of facilities. Rowe,
a senior who just turned 21 and is young
for his class, feels he has many good years
of running left:
"It's more of a fun thing for me than a
business proposition, I'd like to keep run-
ning until the 1980 Olympics. I've been
pretty consistent and I think I'll hit my peak
at about age 25."
When asked if he'd be satisfied with less
than a national chamiponship in his senior
year Rowe responded:
"I definitely think 44's are a possibility
this season, although maybe you shouldn't
quote me on that. But I'm due for a really
good race. I won't fool myself, I know there
are a lot of good 440 men in the country,
and everybody wants to be No. 1. I just
want to run well, and if I take second and
still run a good race I'll be satisfied. I'm
not a big one on goals."
Maybe running well in itself is a goal. But
I'll put my money on Kim Rowe to break
the tape first at the NCAA Championship
June 8 in Austin, Texas.

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M' SEEKS UPSET:
Icers host t
By BRIAN DEMING The Wolverines returned to Ann
The Michigan hockey team faces Arbor with a losing conference
off tonight against probably the best record and have been below the'
collegiate hockey squad in the .500 mark ever since.
country. The Michigan Tech Hus- Of course, coach Dan Farrell
kies come into Yost Ice Arena for and his charges did not help them-'
a two game series this weekend selves last week when they lost'
with a 15-3-2 conference record, twice to the supposedly weak!
having all but clinched first place Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs by the
in the WCHA and looming as the scores of 9-5 and 5-3.
top contenders to win the NCAA "I didn't play very good," goalie
tournament. Robbie Moore commented about'
Michigan, on the other hand, is' the first game where the Duluth-'
wallowing in ninth place in the ians scored four power play goals
conference, starkly close to being on their way to the romp.

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Tech
The Huskies leading scorer is
Mike Zuke. The 5-11 center has
scored 19 goals and has picked up
29 assists thus far this season. The
sophomore sensation picked up
four goals against the Wolverines
in the first confrontation between
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eliminated from post season tourna-;
ment play.
THE LAST TIME these two
teams met, the Wolverines were
soundly thrashed. Going into
Houghton on the thirtieth of No-
vember with a respectable winning
record in the WCHA, they were
bombarded the first night 7-0 andx
came back the next night to lose;
once again but by a somewhat,
more dignified score of 8-4.

THE SECOND GAME was frus-
trating for the Wolverines as the
Bulldogs jumped off to' a 5-1 lead
before the game was half over.
Michigan scored a goal in each of
the periods but they weren't
enough.1
"We played well enough to win
but we got too little too late," re-
marked Farrell who now must
pull his team back together tos

R MICHIGAN TECH averages an
GEORGE HASTINGS impressive 5.9 goal per game aver-
age, while giving up an average
pull off, hopefully, a pair of upsets of 3.7.-
against his old alma mater.' In spite of Tech's impressive
"They are by far the best team -iutation and record, the Wol-
in the country," the rookie mentor verines are confident they can
stated, adding, "I won't have any trip up the conference leaders.
trouble getting the team up for As Angie Moretto points out,
them." "They can be beaten." The 6-4,
The team remembers its past 210 center is Michigan's leading
dates with the Huskies and con- jscorer with 10 goals and 12 assists.
siders the invaders from the Upper Sophomore center Don Fardig is
Peidsu weithesprct e U second on the team with eight
Peninsula with respect. goals and 10 assists and forward
Kris Manery is third with nine
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1I1 swimming takes off-;
Novak sets two records
By LESLIE RIESTER
PLAYOFF COMPETITION is in full swing, and for all you who
think your team is better than the predicted winners, you'll
have the last laugh when you knock off the favorites.
Meanwhile, back at the gym-or the pool in this case-
seventy women turned out for the swim meet this week. In
the closest team competition of the evening, Amaizin Blue
edged the Bombers by a point. to win the Independent cham-
pionship.
Carol Stewart led the Amaizin Blue, winning three events
and sealing the victory by capturing the diving competition.
The meet's outstanding swimmer was Alpha Phi's Laura Novak.
Novak set meet records of :31.6 in the 50-yard backstroke and
1:07.2 in the 100-yard individual medley, and was in the medley
relay which set a record at 1:02.2.
Novak's effort went for naught, however, as Delta Gamma
won the Sorority Championship. Thronson (S. Quad) made a fine
showing to win the Residence Hall title.
Amaizing Blue and the Bombers have taken league titles
in Independent basketball, but the Residence Hall and Sorority
divisions are still battling.
Squash entries are needed for the 'M' Gals division in order
to run any kind of competition. Turn in your entries, folks.
Paddleball doubles are underway and the team of Gail Ureel and
Carol Stewart are strong contenders for the title.
In the men's divisions, playoff competition continues un-
abated. Fraternity basketball action saw defending champion
Sigma Phi defeated by Phi Delta Theta.
Phi Delta Theta is currently second in all-year point
standings and team members stated Phi Delta Theta was
making a strong bid for first. They'll have to work hard,
however, as leader Beta Theta Pi swims against number
three Sigma Alpha Epsilon in the dual meet finals next
Wednesday.
Couzens captured the Residence Hall dual meet champion-
ship Wednesday evening, and will' face more tough competition
in the division swim meet next Tudsday, February 12. Fraternity,
Graduate and Independent teams will also compete in division
swim meets the same evening.
Things are progressing pretty much as expected in the

man Gary Morrison who experi- IF THERE IS one weakness of
enced first hand the wrath of the the Huskies it is the goaltending. ANGIE MORETTO, Blue's luck
Huskies, receiving a stick in the Either Jim Warden or Rick Quance number 7, hustles after the puc
face which opened a ten-stitch will handle the duties this weekend against North Dakota. He wil
wound. "They tried to rearrange and while both possess fine goal suit up again tonight for the con
my face," the 190-pound freshman per game average, 3.2 and 3.7 re- test against number one Mich
laughed. spectively, neither has been tested igan Tech.
Tech coach John MacInnes has severely. Between them they have --------
been happy with his squad's per- made 586 saves, nearly 200 less !
formance thus far this year. "I'm than Michigan's Moore. C I E S
surprised at our overall success," If Michigan's defense can contain
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fense and great goaltending when Wolverines may find themselves Boston s, St. Louis 3
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The Michigan wrestling squad
travels to Michigan State tonight
for what figures to be a tight dual
meet. The Spartans are ranked
fifth while Michigan narrowly de-
fended its number one ranking
against Iowa and Oklahoma last
week.
Grady Peninger, State's coach,j
predicts that "It's gonna be one'
hell of a match. Whoever wants to
win the most will be the victor."
Michigan coach Rick Bay added,
"We have a little better personnel
but whatever slight advantage we
have can be made up by us wrest-
ling 'at Michigan State."
Peninger wouldn't bring any of
his prophecies into the open. Bay
did. "I think that three of the
matches can be predicted. They
should win at 126 and we should
takeboth the 118 and 150-pound
classes. The rest are tossups."
Wolverine Jim Brown at 118 will
be wrestling Randy Miller, who
placed fourth in the NCAA finals
last year.
At 150, Michigan's only unde-;
feated grappler, Jerry Hubbard,
will deal with Steve Rodriquez, who

second in the Big Ten and sixth in the window because of the very
the NCAA. intense rivalry."
Michigan's Bill Schuck (142) has Bay cautions, "Don't let the Mid-
never met Don Rodgers. The same lands' results fool you. Both
situation occurs in two other matches were won by one point and
matches, the 158 and 167-pound. they only wrestled six-minute
classes, which will pit Wolverines matches."
Dan Brink and John Ryan against' The 190-pound matchup will hook
Rick Greene and Jeff Hersha. up Wolverine Dave Curby against
The last three matches will Scott Wickert, two of the best men
most likely decide the contest. at that weight in the conference.
Though both Jeff Zindel (177) and Who does Bay think will win?
Larry Avery (Hwt.) are unde- "If we both wrestle well, we'll
feated in dual meets, both were win; if we both wrestle average,
beaten by their Michigan counter- we'll win; and if we both wrestle
parts-Rob Huizenga and Gary poorly, . we'll win. But if things
Ernst-at the Midlands. don't remain equal and the pen-
Peninger notes that "when these dulum swings the other way, then
two teams wrestle, you might as . . ."
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