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July 07, 1993 - Image 15

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Michigan Daily Summer Weekly, 1993-07-07

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15-The Michigan Day Summer Weeky-Wednesday, July 7,1993

Louis puts his stamp
on American history
By KEN DAVIDOFF cance of Joe Louis. He was a special
DAILY SPORTS EDiTOR man, and I think this stamp is very,
DETROIT-It's hard to visualize very special."
the existence ofa Riddick Bowe "fist" Fifty-five years ago, Louis
statue someday, or a professional knocked out Germany's Max
hockey team hosting its contests in Schmeling in 2:04 to avenge a 1936
Mike Tyson Arena. Nor would the defeat. Inaworldabouttoexperience
image of Evander Holyfield's grave in Hitler'smarch throughEurope,Louis'
ArlingtonNationalCemeteryintegrate victorycatapultedan African Ameri-
smoothly with our sensibilities. can person into the position of na-
To the contrary, a ceremony to tional hero.
announce the arrival of the Joe Louis Barrow doubts if one person can
stamp, heldatJoeLouis Arenaon June have the impact now that his father,
22, served solely as cause for celebra- who died in 1981, did in 1938.
tion. Nary a cynic could be found who "I think in today's society we all
felt the formerheavyweightchampion have to do it," Barrow said. "I think
did not deserve this symbol of com- we're so polarized in today's society
memoration to add to his already bul- that we all have to take responsibility.
ging list of honors. My father did it in a time when
Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) joined Americareally wanted and needed to
the festivities, along with represen- have their hearts lifted up and their
tatives from Michigan Gov. John heads lifted up. Joe Louis filled that
Engler's and Detroit Mayor Coleman void.
Young's offices. Butit was the boxing "I think that there is so much
legend'sownfleshandblood,JoeLouis division in our country right now,
BarrowJr.,whospokemosteloquently there'ssomanythoughtspeoplehave
of his father's accomplishments. whicharenegativeaboutother Ameri-
"I think people are going to take a cans, that I think we all have to dig
great deal of pride in this country as deep and really look back at every-
they use the Joe Louis stamp," Barrow one, look over everyone , look up to
said. "I don't think a lot of stamps are everyone, and understand that we are
going to be mailed to people. There's here together. ...The legacy of Joe
also a little statement inside that says, Louis is that we have to move for-
'This is astamp of a man who meant a ward together."
lot to this country.' Unlike the notorious Elvis stamp
"I think for the next several weeks debate, no battle occurred over what
and months, people are going to use Louis picture to use. The stamp por-
these stamps and as they doremember trays a young, hungry Louis, ready to
the legacy of Joe Louis and the signifi- spring into action.
Hutchins honored again

Michigan Sen. Carl Levin (left) and Joe Louis Barrow Jr. (right) were among the participants in the
Joe Louis stamp dedication at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.
Hooieldx and Gunn continue
strig o Blue tanker accolades

If the Michigan swimmers set all
the awards they have won in the past
year side by side, they could build a
trail of awards from Ann Arbor to
Waxahachie, Texas.
The Big Ten conference recently
honored Lara Hooiveld, who had ear-
lier garnered 1993 Michigan Female
Athlete of the Year honors, with the
1993 Suzy Favor-Female Athlete of
the Year award, while Brian Gunnwas
named to the GTE Academic All-
America First Team.
Hooiveld scored 27 points in the
vote for the Suzy Favor award, receiv-
ing seven frst-place and three second-
place votes froma panelofl13 Midwest
media members and Big Ten officials.
She set a new U.S. Open, NCAA
Championship, Big Ten, and pool
record time of 1:00.47 in winning the
100-yard breaststroke, one of her two
titles at the NCAA Championships.
Her second victory in the 200 breast
(2:12.71), and fifth and seventh place
finishes in relay events helpedher cap-

Year accolades.
In addition, Hooiveld successfully
defended all four of her Big Ten cham-
pionships in Ann Arbor, capturing the
100 and 200 breast awards, and also
swimming legs in the 200 and 400
medley relay teams' victories.
Hooiveld competed in the 1988
Olympics in Seoul as a 17-year old,
and is a 1993 Academic All-Big Ten
selection, with a 3.0 grade point aver-
age in communication.
Gunn graduated from Michigan as
a three-time Academic All-Big Ten
selection and with a degree in history.
His future plans include law school.
Like Hooiveld, Gunn also earned
All-Americastatus in fourevents at the
NCAA Championships. He swam a

leg in both the first-place800 freerelay
team and the eighth-place 400 free
relay, while individually finishing sec-
ond in the 200 butterfly and sixth in the
500 free.
Gunn's three conference titles -
in the 200 fly and the 400 and 800 free
relay -eamed him All-Big Ten hon-
ors. In winning the Big Ten title in the
200fly, GunnalsosetaMichiganteam
record with his time of 1:44.73. He
set by the 800 free relay team in win-
ning the NCAA title.
Gunn is the third Michigan athlete
to be named to an GTE Academic All-
America squad this year. Wolverine
defensive tackle Chris Hutchinson and
the distinction.

The National Softball Coaches As-
sociationrecently acknowledged Carol
Hutchins' continued coaching savvy
of the Year forthe secondstraight year.
Hutchins completed her ninth sea-
son at Michigan, leading the Wolver-
ines toaschool-record46-13mark and
a berth in the NCAA toumament with
a second consecutive Big Ten title.
With the Big Ten title, Hutchins also
earned her third Big Ten Coach of the
Year award, with the others coming in
1992 and 1985.
Hutchins' 318-177 record as Wol-
by a Michigan softball coach and sec-
ondmostamong alloftheactiveMichi-
gan coaches.
She posted her 300th victory as a
Wolverine with an 8-2 victory over
Penn State on April 30 this season.
Hutchins' career collegiate coaching
record is 341-188.
1993 season by having two of her
Patti Benedict earned NSCA First-
Team honors, while Kelly Forbis was
aGTE Academic firast-teaner ,.

Michigan added Big Ten Player
(Benedict), Pitcher(Forbis),andFresh-
man(Tracy Carr)of the Year awards to
Hutchins' Coach of the Year honor.
Hutchins' squad received the op-
portunity to host an NCAA Region 8
Tournament for the first time in May.
In a round-robin with Bowling Green
and SouthwesternLouisiana, the Wol-
verines made it to the second day but
could not surpass the Ragin' Cajuns,
who proceeded to the World Series.


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