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FRIAY, MAY 12, 1939'

Swim Squad
To Be Strong
Next Season

Varsity Swims At Intramural Pool

Wolverine Athletes Turn Pro
InFootball, Boxing And Baseball

Track Squad Looks
To Ken Doherty
(Continued from Page 1)
Harmon, all sophomores, are showing
great improvement this spring while
freshman Al Thomas, an outstand-
ing star in high school in Detroit
who broke the 65-yard low hurdle

freshman mark of elleyein Yost Field
House during the winter, is also a
great prospect.
The loss of quarter-milers Faulk-
ner and Hayes will be compensated
for by the presence of the sophomore
trio of Warren Breidenbach, Phil
Balyeat, and Jack Leutritz, Wl of
whom have already done :49 or bet-
ter. For the fourth of a one-mile re-
lay team Doherty must look to "his
freshman squad

Haynie, Tomski
But Abundant
Will Improve


The Wolverine swimming team, es-
conced on a lofty perch as a result of
victories in the Big Tens and the Na-
tional Collegiates, will be the targets
for the swimming torpedoes of other
colleges next year but Coach Matt
Mann appears to have enough ammu-
nition returning to withstand the
combined assaults.
Gone will be Capt. Tom Haynie,
double distance winner at the Na-
tionals, and Walt Tomski, sprint
mainstay, but material galore re-
turns to make the Wolverines strong-
er than ever before.
Welsh Replaces Haynie
In Haynie's place will be Jimmy
Welsh, husky sophomore who became
the first swimmer to beat Haynie in
the Big Ten finals by nosing him out
in the 220. Welsh finished second in
the 440 at the Conference meet and
at the Nationals, and third in the fur-
long at the latter meet. To aid and
abett the capable Welsh will be the
"mighty-mite," Dobson Burton from
the freshmen squad, Art Ebeling, in-
eligible last year, Blake Thaxter,
another sophomore and Ed Hutchens,
who finished fifth in the 220 at the
In the sprints, Charley Barker,
who as a sophomore surprised by
capturing the 50 and tying for the
first in the century at the Nationals,
will be back. Leading the returning
shock troops will be Bill Holmes, a
sophomore who finished third in the
100 and fourth in the 50 at the Big
Tens, and sixth in the century at the
Nationals. And coming up from the
freshmen will be Gus Sharemet, one
of the brightest yearling prospects
since swimming was inaugurated here.
Sharemet finished 'fourth in the
hundred at the National Indoor AAU's
in 52.5 and sixth in the 220. Since,
then he has turned in a 51.2 leg in a
relay and is highly regarded by Matt
Mann. John Gillis, another fresh-
man, will make the Wolverine sprint
forces even more formidable.
Beebe Will Backstroke Again
In the back stroke, there is also a
plettora of material. Bill Beebe, sec-
ond in the Nationals, returns and
would be formidable even if he were
alone.' But coming up are Francis
Heydt, a transfer from Iowa who was
second in the Nationals two years ago,
and Dick Riedl. Heydt took second
at the indoor AAU's behind Olympic
champion Adolph Kiefer. And then
if these nien aren't enough, Charley

Led by Jack Brennan and Don Sei-t
gel, many of the boys who have, :orf
will have, completed their last season
of competition for Michigan this yearl
are going to turn their athletic abili-
ties into cash.1
Brennan was the first to come to al
definite decision when he signed a,
contract with the Green Bay Packers
of the National League to play pro-
fessional football next season. Seigel,
of course, has already turned to pro-
fessional boxing, having made a suc-
cessful debut last week in Detroit.'Don
says he is still open to offers from
the pro footballers, however.
Heik Line Coach
Of the other senior members of the
grid squad, All-American Ralph
Heikkinnen has turned down niher-
ous offers, both to play and to coach,
and will serve as assistant line coach
here while continuing his education
in the Law School.Capt. Fred Janke
and Danny Smick will coach, Janke
at Jackson High School and Smick at
Manistee. Lou Levine is seeking a
coaching position, while Norm Fu-
rucker has declared himself open to
offers either as a player or a coach:
Professional baseball will also draw
its quota from this year's seniors.

Capt. Walt Peckinpaugh intends toE
take a stab at it, for a few years at
least. Elmer Gedeon, whose interests(
have been divided each spring be-
tween hurdling and covering first
base for Coach Ray Fisher, will con-
centrate on baseball after leaving
school and has had a number of of-
fers. He has made no definite choice
as yet, however. Harold Floersch and
Earl Smith are other third-year men
who plan to try the professional
game, while Danny Smick will fill
his coaching job with one eye open for
a good offer. Leo Beebe will coach
at Leslie, Mich., High School.
Wolverines Turn Pro
These boys are by no means estab-
lishing a precedent. Professional sport
has attracted a good many Wolver-
ine stars in the past. Pete Jablonow-
ski (now Appleton), John, Gee, Herm
Fishman, Ted Petosky, and others
who will be remembered by Michigan
fans as having played here in recent
years are all playing pro ball at pres-
ent. The paid-to-play gridders have
also lured some ex-Wolverine stars,
among those in recent years being
Benny Friedman, Harry Newman and
Bill Hewitt.

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The beautiful large pool in the Intramural Building is open to stu-
dents and faculty at all times.

Fencing Is Taught At Michigan

There are few sports that can equal
fencing in developing poise, deter-
mination, grace or carriage and in-
testinal fortitude and in furnishing
enjoyment to the participants. Fenc-
ing has been in the sports curriculum
since the early twenties and from
1928 to 1934 was a varsity sport. Hlue
to hard times the varsity squad was
dissolved in '34.
At the present time fencing is be-
ing taught in the freshman physical
education courses at Waterman Gym
by Coach Johnstone. Men interested
in furthering their training may take
advantage of the coaching at the I-M
Building every afternoon.
Although Michigan is the only
school in the Big Ten without a var-
sity squad Coach Johnstone and his
assistant Ray Chambers have suc-
ceeded in building up a squad of over
20 men who come down and work out
Barker, co-holder of the Big Ten
back stroke record, could be drafted.
The breast stroke offers its wor-
ries but they are all worries for the
other teams. Johnny Haigh, fifth in
the Nationals and third in the Big
Ten, retdrns and will be reinforced by
two promising yearlings, John Share-
met and Tom Williams.
Hal Benham Heads Divers
Captain-elect Hal Benham, third
off both high and low boards at the
Nationals, heads the diving brigade
with sophomores Ralph Pyszinski and
Jim Wilkinson and freshman Stroth-
er "T-Bone" Martin offering aid.
Even Matt Mann is highly opto-
mistic. He claims, "It will be a typi-
cal Michigan team. They'll have to
beat us to win any championships."
And typical Michigan teams have won
six consecutive National titles.

at least three times a week on their
own initiative. Add to this group the
60-odd men trained each year by
Johnstone in freshmen classes and
the large group of women interested
in the sport and you have a sizeable
group of fencing addicts anxious to
have fencing reinstated as a varsity
Ray Chambers, assistant coach
holds the All-Campus title for saber
and John Dreher the All-Campus foil
and epee championship. Saul Karch,
another Johnstoneprodigy, holds the
present All-State Foil Championship.
Among the bantams, Roy Fairlamb,
Chuck Fielder and Sal Longo deserve
merit for distinguished work with the
The 1930 and 1931 varsity teams
marked an all-time high in Michigan
fencing when the '30 team won all but
one of its matches and the '31 team
turned in a perfect record.

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