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hilgan Swimmers


In Meet
Swimming Coach

With Nipponese


rysdale And
Kasley Star In
Officials' Ruling Cancel
rysdales Second Wit
And Costs Meet
"Wolverines Swim
Jn Medley Victory
=Kasley Makes Sensationa
Time In Breast-Stroke
Leg Of Relay
In a meet that gave internationa
observers an inkling of the struggle
that will be waged for the swimmin
supremacy of the world in the 193(
Olympic games, Japan defeated ar
all-star squad from the United State
in a three-day meet at Tokio during
the past summer 36 to 27, with Michi-
gan stars of past and present giving
outstanding performances as mem-
bers of the American team.
The meet was decided only after
Taylor Drysdale, co-captain of the
1934-35 Wolverine swimming team,
was disqualified for rolling too far on
a turn in winning the 200-meter
back-stroke race in the final day's
Decision Protested
This decision of the officials, which
brogght a storm of protests particu-
larly from the Japanese, gave the
Nipponese natators enough points to
take the meet.
Drysdale, who won the National
Collegiate back-stroke title three
times under Varsity Coach Matt
Mann and who holds the American
and intercollegiate records for the
300-yrd individual medey swim,
took a first place from the Japanese
in the 100-meter back-stroke event,
and started the winning American
medley relay trio off with a good
lead in the back-stroke leg.
Jack Kasley, who as a Michigan
sophomore last .winter set new rec-
ords in winning the National Col-
legiate and Big Ten breast-stroke
titles, swam the second 100 meters in
the medley race for the United States
in the phenomenal time of 1:12.2.
Peter Fick of the New York A. C.
completed the winning trio.
Kasley Edged Out
The Wolverine star was beaten by
Koike of the Nipponese in the 100-
meter individual event in a race that
saw both swimmers slap the finish
Dick Degener, who won the Na-
tional and Western Conference div-
ing championships for Michigan
twice and three times respectively be-
fore he graduated, in 1934, accom-
panied the American squad to the
Far East as an exhibition perform-
Diving was not a part of the dual
meet with the Japanese as the United
States divers are developed far be-
yond those of any other, country.
Degener today is undoubtedly the
world's finest springboard and plat-
form artist.
Swimming Call
To Find Four
Despite the loss of a three-time
national backstroke champion and
three of the first four ranking free-
style swimmers on last season's Var-
sity, Coach Matt Mann's Michigan

swimming team is counted upon to
retain both their Western Confer-
ence and National Collegiate titles
during the coming year.
Led by Captain-elect Frank Feb-
senfeld, National high and low-board
diving champion, thirteen out of the
seventeen letter-winners on last year's
championship squad are returning to
the fold this winter.
Mann Not Too Sure
Coach Mann is not too optimistic
about his chances in the National
meet, but promises to have his boys
in the thick of the battle, with a good
possibility of Michigan's sensational
divers piling up enough points to
swing the championship to the Wol-
Der Johnston, Ned Diefendorf, and
Ben Grady round out the veteran
quartet of spring board artists who
(Continued on Page 24)
Cleaning, Pressing,
and SAYS

Tex Robertson Is
Now Full-Fledged
Coach At Texas U.
The Western Conference eligibili-
ty ruling which cost Michigan's Na-
tional championship swimming teai
the services of Tex Robertson for
the coming season, has given the
University of Texas the best coach
it has ever had.
Robertson, who swam for Coach
Matt Mann's natators only two sea-
sons due to a year's freshman com-
petition at Los Angeles Junior Col-
lege, has transferred to Texas and,
although not eligible as a swimmer,
will coach the Mustang tankmen.
though receiving no pay. The ex-
Wolverine wishes to retain his ama-
tuer standing in order to be eligible
for the Olympic tryouts next sum-
This is not the first attempt Tex
has made at the coaching game. Last
year he led University High School
to a successful season, developing
Juliard Carr, state interscholastic
free-style champion at 100 yards.
His greatest coaching feat, however,
was the discovery and development of
Adolph Kiefer, Chicago schoolboy
holder of various world records in the
back-stroke events. Robertson still
guides the swimming destinies of
Kiefer by means of regular letters.
Although only a junior last year,
Robertson often took charge of the
Michigan swimmers when Coach
Mann was called away from Ann'
As a free-style performer at all
distances from 100 yards upward, the
Stillwater, Tex., product was picked
on the National Collegiate Athletic
Association's All-American team in
1934 and 1935.
Last winter he won the Big Ten
440 and 220-yard titles, the former
in record time, and swam on the na-
tional championship Wolverine sprint
relay quartet.
Ernie Nevers, former All-American
back from Southern California, will
complete his college education at

Breast-Stroke Star

Natators Again
On Top During
1934-35 Season
Wolverines Overwhelm All
Foes To Keep National
And Big Ten Titles
Michigan's football team may have
crashed from its title heights last
year, but Coach Matt Mann's swim-
mers, characterized by their coach
as "the best swimming team ever as-
sembled under one roof," stayed on
the top of the heap, capturing their
fifth consecutive Western Confer-
ence championship and winning the
National Collegiate title for the sec-
ond time in a row.
The 1934-35 natators more than
tripled the points of the second place
teams in taking their sixth Nationall
Collegiate title in the past nine years,l
amassing a new record total of 49
counters to 15 for Yale and Wash-
ington. A bit of derisive humor was1
attached to this tie for second place
as Jack Medica of Washington single-
handedly won as many points as the1
eleven-man Eli squad, earlier rated by1
Eastern writers as the best swimmingt
team in the United States, and coach-
ed by Bob Kiputh, much publicised
for leading his team to over 100 con-r
secutive dual victories.1
Wolverines, On Top
The decisive manner in which theE
;Wolverine tankmen triumphed inf
this meet, as well as in the WesternE
Conference championships, estab-k
lished once and for all Michigan'sf
supremacy in the pool, and right-
fully placed Matt Mann at the topr
of the heap of American swimmingc
In the National meet at Boston,1
Co-Captain Taylor Drysdale won his
third backstroke title, Captain-electt
Fehsenfeld caine through with de-t
cisive wins in both diving events,a
sophomore Jack Kasley set a newv
record in winning the 200-yard
breast-stroke, the sprint-relay quar-r
tet of Drysdale, Co-Captain Bob Ren-y
ner, Ogden Dalrymple, and Tex Rob-v
ertson won with ease, as did the med-a

Several of the trophies which
Taylor Drysdale, Jack Kasley, and
Dick Degener, -Michigan stars of
past and present, brought back
from Japan, where they competed
against the Nipponese as mem-
bers of the American swimming
team, will soon go on display in a
window at Van-Boven's.

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ley team composed of Drysdale, Kas-
ley, and Dalrymple.
Drysdale, Renner, and Dalrymple
graduated in June, while Robertson
became ineligible this year due to aI
Conference ruling prohibiting more
than three years of any intercol-
legiate competition. Robertson com-
peted as a member of the freshman
team at Los Angeles Junior College.
Divers Make Sweep
Aside from the first places gar-
nered in the National meet, Ned
Diefendorf, Ben Grady, and Der
Johnston collaborated with Captain-
elect Fehsenfeld to take eight out the
first eleven places in the diving
events Fred Cody took third in the
back-stroke; Frank Barnard placed
fifth in the 440-yard free-style, third
in the 220, and fourth in the 1500-
meter events; while Robertson was
colecting a fifth in the furlong and
Dalrymple was taking third in the
100-yard free-style.
In the Conference championships
the proteges of Coach Mann took
their fifth consecutive Big Ten title,
annexing 59 points to 25 for Illinois,
who took second.
This meet saw every Conference
record with the execption of the 220-
yard free-style broken with the Wol-
verines grabbing four individual titles
and the medley relay trophy. Drys-
dale won the back-stroke for the third
time, breaking his own record; Kas-
ley set up a new mark in the breast-
stroke; and Robertson won both the
quarter-mile and the 220 free-style,
the former event in record time.
The Wolverines' dual meet record in
1934-35 was marked by over-whelm-
ing victories over Michigan State,
Indiana, Ohio State, Iowa, and the
Ontario All-State, champions of the
British Empire.

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Stanford University. Nevers entered
the pro ranks before receiving his

Coach Mann Saws Japanese Olympic
Swimming Win Will Not Be Repeated

Japan's swimming victory over the
United States of the last Olympics
will not be repeated in 1936, accord-
ing to Matt Mann, coach of Mich-
igan's national championship tank
squad and a member of the Olympic
swimming committee.
"We will hold them even at least
in the swimming events, and then
take the first three places in both the
high and low-board diving events to
cinch the victory," Coach Mann de-
In 1932 at Los Angeles, Buster
Crabbe's win in the 400-meter free-
style race was the only victory out-
side of the diving the American forces
could capture.
The Japanese took first and second
places in all of the other individual
events, added a third, a fourth, and
two sixths, and then proceeded to run
away with the relay.
Record In Japan Good
Coach Mann bases his confident
statement on comparative times and
on the showing made in Japan this
summer by the American team picked
at the conclusion of the National
A.A.U. meet held last July in Detroit.f
In competition that did not include
diving, the Americans were nosed out
36 to 27 only after the 200-meter


Mack-stroke victory of Michigan's
Taylor Drysdale was not allowed.
The natators from the United
States were handicapped by the ab-
sence of Adolph Kiefer, who nosed
out Drysdale in the national cham-
pionships, and by the illness in Japan
of Jimmy Gilhula, star free-style
performer. Ralph Flanagan, distance
star, also was below form due to an
With all hands in condition, and
with the lesson of 1932 fresh in their
minds, the American swimmers
should hold the Nipponese better than
even in the water, and then sail to
victory off the diving boards.
To Copy Degener
"The Japanese will develop divers
by next summer," Coach Mann said,
"but they won't be good enough to
keep us from taking the first three
places in both events. They made
sure that Dick Degener, former Mich-
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igan ace and now the world's best
springboard and platform artist, went
to Japan with the American team
to give exhibitions. They watched
him with movie cameras and will do
their best to learn his style perfectly."
Next s'ummer's Olympic swimmers
will again be coached by Bob Kiputh.
Coach Mann has nothing but praise
for Kiputh, but it is pretty well
known that the former could have the
Olympic job if he could take a sum-
mer off from his duties at the an-
nual camp for boys and girls he owns
and operates.
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wishes -to extend
a cordial welcome
to wish them suc-
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