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Wednesday, February 2 1977

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page Seven

Wednesday, February 2, 1977 THE MICHIGAN DAILY Page Seven

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Indian

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Downie:
By DAN PERRIN I as a high schoo
Some athletes set records in Recruited by
high school and/or college. ing schools as H
Some athletes are named All- ton and North C
Americans and still others earn .chose Michigan
a trip to the Olympics. put it, ."I don'
But it is a rare group of a better all-ar
sportsters that attains all of far as academi
# these goals in five years. Michi- go."
" , rebou nds reawired gan swimmer Gordon Downie is Downie attri
a member of this elite class. deal of hiss

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By DON MAC LACHLAN
R THE PAST two days the Michigan Wolverines have been
practicing hard in preparation for the Indiana Hoosiers who in-
vade Crisler Arena tomorrow night. For a change, Michigan has
enough time to really prepare for its upcoming opponent, rather
than running through a couple of light practices the day before
the game - as was the gase on its recent road trip.
And the Wolverines are going to have to be prepared from
now on as they embark on the toughest part of their schedule.
The Hoosiers come into town knowing they cannot affordj
another conference loss if they are to remain a contender.
Indiana is big and very physical and Michigan must be tough
on the boards in order to contain the Indiana front line,
including All-American center Kent Benson.
Hub needs board help
Phil Hubbard, averaging 13.4 rebounds per game, always
seems to be where the action is. Hub rips down caroms consis-
tently, usually against larger opponents. But the sophomore sen-
sation wiLl need some help against both Benson and Michael
Thompson of-'Minnesota if Michigan is to win the battle of the
boards.
Against Wisconsin and Northwestern, the Wolverines failed
to control the defensive boards, and the opponents capitalized on
easy baskets - due to repeated offensive caroms.
Senior co-captain John Robinson is corraling five re-
bounds per game and playing sound defense, especially in the
clutch. However, when .Robinson or Joel Thompson get in
#-. ' ... 1 I2 .i ti..,... -----A --A)+. -A 1--A_.

Downie, a senior from Wil-
liamsville, New York, has
dedicated himself to his sport
since the age.of six in order
to reach his present status as
number-one swimmer on the
men's varsity swim team.
Working his way up from a
YMCA program to an AAU
team to high school competition
and finally on to Michigan,'
Downie deserves all that he has
earned.
During his senior year atj
Williamsville North High School"
Downie led, his team to a sec-
ond - place finish in the state
meet as well as a fifth place
ranking on the East Coast. #
He set two individual state
records .-inwinning the 400
and 200 yard freestyles at the
state meet, a feat which
prompted coaches to tab him

round training with no more
than three weeks vacation an-
nually.
His schedule includes five-
hour workouts (10,000 - 13,000
yards) daily from September
through April in Ann Arbor
under Michigan coach Gus
Stager as well as training in
London, England every sum-
mer.
Originally from Scotland,
Downie worked hard for the}
last six summers, hoping tol
make .te Olympics.
He realized his long-awaitedl
dream when he representedt
Great Britain as a member of
its Olympic swimming team at
Montreal this past summer..
Downie did more than just
take a trip to Canada - he
earned a bronze medal, swim-

ming on the third-place 800
yard freestyle relay team.
"The Olympics has been the
highlight of my life so far, an
unbelievable experience," said
Downie. "It had always been a
dream of mine just to get a
chance to go. Winning a medal
is icing on the cake. It seemed
to make everything perfect."
Although a superb athlete,
Downie is not your ordinary
jock. A physiology mapor, he is
applying to graduate school at
Michiganand at the University
of Buffalo (New York).
He plans to get a Ph.D. in
Pathology and then go into
research work in that area.
Looking at this year's team,
Downie remarked, "The fresh-
man are looking good. It's the
best class to come ,in since I've
been here."
The tankers finished third in
the Big Ten last year behind
perennial champion Indiana and
runner - up Wisconsin. Downie
predicts Michigan will equal if
not better its place in the
standings "this year.
"For all I know, the race
could very well end up in a
three - way tie for first

place," said Downie. "We
have a good chance of beatingN
Wisconsin, and Wisconsin has
the kind of team that could
challenge Indiana."
The Wolverines take on Wis-
consin at Matt Mann Pool Feb-!
ruary 11.
Downie outlined his future in
swimming: "My final competi-
tion will be this summer at
Stockholm, Sweden where I will
swim in the European Cham-i
pionships," he said. "I'd like
to win both the 200 and 400 me-
ter freestyle races there.
"I believe I have a good
chance of capturing the
world record in the 200 meter
freestyle," said Downie. The
record is 1:50.3 held by Bruce
Furniss of the University of
Southern California, Downie
has a time of 1:52.0.
"Following the summer com-
petition, my only plans besides
graduate school are to work as
an assistant swim .coach at
Michigan. Of course, that's
only if Coach Stager will have
me back," joked Downie.

THE TOP
By The Associated Press
1. San Francisco (50) 21-0 1.102
2. U.C.L.A. (3) ........16-2 868
3. Kentucky (1) .. 14-2 781
4. Nev.-Las Vegas (1) 16-1 603
5. wake Forest........ 16-2 547
6. Mavquette......14-2 544
7. MICHIGAN.15-2 483
8. Alabama......15-2 450
9. Louisville .........15-2 432
10. Minnesota (1) . 15-1 364
11. Tennessee.......... 14-3' 283
12. Cincinnati.....14-2 196
13. North Carolina ... , 13-4 193
14. Arkansas.17-1 172
15. Providence. . 6-2 139
16. Clemson .15-3 134
17. Syracuse..........16-2 62
18. Purdue.......13-4' 41
19. Arizona. ... 15-3 36
20. Detroit.. 16-1 35

TWENTY
By United Press International
1. San Francisco (31). 21-0 402
2. U.C.L.A. (7).........15-2 303
3. Nev.-Las Vegas (2) 13-1 191
4. Marquette . .14-2 185
5. MICHIGAN.......15-2 184
6. Kentucky (1) 14-2 167
7. Louisville 15-2 165
8. Wake Forest (1) 16-2 162
9. Alabama.15-2 103
10. Tennessee..........14-2 82
11. Cincinnati .. ......14-2 64
12. N. Carolina........11-4 54
13. Arkansas..17-1 45
14. Purdue. . .....13-4 34
15. Arizona............ 15-3 30
16. Minnesota..........15-1 26
17. Providence.........17-2 24
18. Clemson.......15-3 22
19. Missouri............16-3 18
20. Utah 15-4 16

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Tiger
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threatened other areas o
structure before it was f
contained at 8:21 p.m.

Stadium

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Firefighting equipment was
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ONE OFFICIAL said the fire
burned a portion of the sta-
dium's roof and spread down
towards the third-base line.
At the end of the 1976 sea-

'in burns
grant to remodel the ball park
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foul trouble the Wolverines lose their second and third lead- C A M P B E L L SAID he
ing rebounders on the season. had no idea of the extent of
Michigan coach Johnny Orr has tried various combina ions damage, but said it appeared
recently when faced with this situation. tres boxarea
Opening day for the Tigers'
baseball season is April 7, and
Or u n o guads Campbell said. "Don't worry
- we'll play ball."
One obvious solution is to substitute a good rebounding sub- "There's still a lot of work
stitute forward. Orr has summoned Alan Hardy off the bench to do hver there," he said.
recently and the 6-6 sophomore has done the job. The main problem for fire-
men was getting hoses to the
In the past four games, Hardy, averages six points and area.s
six rebounds in only 18 minutes of playing time. Hardy can They used hoists to get men
get up and his board strength could be just what the Wol- over the top of the stadium and
verines need to cope with Indiana - especially if Michigan many of their ladders were
does get in foul trouble. stretched to their full capacity.
WITNfESSES said the
The other alternative Orr has tried recently is the three- flames could be seen for miles
guard offense of Rickey Green, Dave Baxter ,and Steve Grote. around. The fire was so in-
Last Saturday, Orr attempted a comeback against the taller tense, they said, that some of
Wildcats with his three guard offense. And it nearly worked. the flames were blue.
Afire official said it took
Against a bigger team such as Indiana or Minnesota, this firefighters 1d-tn-iS minutes to
offense would make the Wolverines much quicker, but the board get into the sadium after they
arrived at the scene.-
advantage would remain with the opposition. However, the
guards' play of late has been excellent. Holy Kni r
Steve Grote is beginning to thDy
play up to 'his potential after Special to the Daily
getting off to a slow start ttis (Hay Wire Services)
BLOOMFIELD HILLS -
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known for - both in Ann Arbor rKnights of Lahser High last
and on the road (where he is I night, 57-54, much to the
bombarded with boos,, much to disgust of Little League Bill
his liking). His outside shooting Stieg. Known as "Slick"
is improving, and possibly his i s ing day at
best performance of the, season "w Lahser, Stieg was unhappy
wast oersowaned bythe losatowith the play of K n i g h t
was overshadowed by the loss at guard Doodus Renrel, w h o
Northwestern (20 points and suffered through one of his
eight rebounds). worst shooting nights ever,
In addition to Grote, junior according to coach Ghenn
Dave Baxter is on a hot streak Dingleberry.
himself. The junior sharpshoot-i
er has hi on 70 per cent of hisD a in o 1
field goal attempts in the last D n
three games, mostly from long SGINAW () - Harvey Gart-
range. Also, Baxter's ball handl-
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invaluable in the close games of late. hionnn t's labsand rnd-

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announced an extensive, 20 year mercury vapor lamps would be
renovation of the stadium,
parts of which are 75 years installed to replace the incan
old. descent system which has been
THE CITY OF Detroit also in use since lights were install-
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