Finest Swimmers Meet Tonight In Prel
By AL NEWMAN--
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ANN ARBOR'S premier sports an- I
nouncer has gone and left town.
In fact he left yesterday morning,t
but he was in good company. Fastk
company but nevertheless good com-
This is the particular week out oft
the year when we realize how Matt
Mann cultivated his vocal powers. . .
by volubly coaching a swimming
team. And what a swimming team.
Tonight they enter the National In-t
tercollegiate Swimming Tourney at I
Columbus with a very fair chance of t
Back last fall you will remember
a football team from a large Eastern1
university that lost to practically ev-
ery opponent but Dartmouth, losing,
much to the chagrin of alumni, with
grins on their faces that would dot
credit to a Cheshire cat. They werec
given the sobriquet of the "Laugh-I
But if losing athletic contests is
something which occasions merri-
ment, then the Yale swimming team
should be very very glum, indeed.
In fact they haven't lost a dual meet
in so long that they don't know what
it is to laugh.
HEREBY hangs the tale of the
meet. The Michigans have got
to beat the Yales. They also have
to beat the Southerr# Californias,
said to be very good also. In fact, it
looks like a meet dominated by the
However, you can also count on
points for Northwestern. Illinois, and
maybe Rutgers. These three teams
have outstanding men in various'
events, such as Flachman from Illi-
nois in the short free-styles.
In recent years, Michigan swim-
ming teams have gone through out-
standirigly successful dual and Big
Ten seasons only to have some malev-
olent jinx fall on them when they
faced the Intercollegiates. The lads
are figured by the staff expert, Mr.
Carstens, to have a very good possi-
bility for a score of over 20 points,
and that should win the meet hand-
Willhistory repeat itself, or will
that fine team come through tonight
and tomorrow? Time alone will tell,
but anyway good luck to Matt Mann
and his boys. They deserve to win.
Yale, Southern California,
And Northwestern Also
Enter Complete Squads
COLUMBUS, March 30. -The na-
tion's best swimmers have assembled
here for their quest of the National
Collegiate Athletic Association indi-
vidual and team titles in the meet
to be held today and tomorrow.
Preliminaries today will find full
teams from Michigan, Yale and
Southern California, as well as from
several other universities, attempting
to get the greatest number of men
into tomorrow's finals. Although
there will be no preliminaries in the
highboard diving and 1,500 meter
swim, finals in these events will not
be run off until Saturday.
All of the Big Three - Yale, Mich-
igan, and Southern California - ar-
rived here in time yesterday to work
out in the Buckeye pool and get ac-
quainted with their friendly rivals.
Northwestern, last year's winner, also
has a full team entered, but the
Wildcats, in their school paper, have
already conceded Michigan the title,
but the Wolverines themselves are
not so sure. Those Bulldogs and Tro-
jan teams looked good in practice
This college town is literally,
swarming with great and near-great
swimmers from all over the coun-
try. Jimmy Gilhula, Jack Medica,
Don Horn, Jack Livingston, Johnny
Kaye, Taylor Drysdale, Art Highland,
Chuck Flachmann, Jim Cristy, Andy
Fela, Dick Degener - they're all here,
champions and would-be champions.
Michigan's hopes to win the crown
rest on the possibility of firsts in the
diving and backstroke, contributed by
Degener and Drysdale, respectively.
The question mark in the Michigan
line-up hangs heavily over the two
relay teams. If both can take thirds,
at least, the rest of the peam has
strength enough to take the" title.
Michigan should score heavily in the
distance events with Cristy, Robert-
son, and Lawrence entered and may
possibly get a point or two in the
sprints and breaststroke.
Walter Spence, holder of the col-
legiate record in the 100-yard free
style, headed the Rutgers squad.
Jack Smith, of Dartmouth College,
came back home to represent his
alma mater. Jack Medica, Univer-
sity of Washington, has been dis-
porting in the pool since Monday.
Trackmen Score Clean
Sweep; Take A Rest
Having scored a slam by win-
ning all of their indoor meets,
Michigan trackmen are taking a
few days off. Coach Charlie Hoyt
plans to have the boys out next
week, then will work them on the
old schedule, out of doors if pos-
sible, during the two weeks pre-
ceding the Drake Relays.
The team made an unusual rec-
ord this winter, reaching its peak
in winning the Big Ten indoor
title by a margin of more than
four points and then going on to
take the Butler Relays team title.
Its star in all these perform-
ances was Willis Ward, who scored
15 points by taking three firsts in
each meet except the Butler pro-
gram. There he was nipped at
the tape in the high hurdles and
had to be satisfied with a sec-
ond place, and a total of just 13
of Michigan's 18/4 points.
Victories in a dual meet and
two triangular meets were scored,
as well as those in the Big Ten
championships and Butler Re-
The manner in which the ball
players are hitting the ball gives evi-
dence that, if nothing else, Michigan
will be a strong hitting ball club on
the Eastern trip. Coach Fisher also
expects to get some good pitching
from his hurlers.
Although the boys have been con-
fined to hitting indoors for the past
month, they are confident that they
will continue to slam the ball when
they go outside.
There is a standing argument
whether the pitchers or the batters
are more effective outdoors. The bat-
ters who aren't hitting well inside,
claim that they will get going when
they get out on the diamond. The
pitchers who are having their offer-
ings too well received in the cages,
maintain that they will burn the ball
past the batters outdoors.
Day after day Petoskey continues
to treat all pitchers with equal dis-
dain. The success he is having gives
the impression that there will be very
few college hurlers who will bother
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