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THE MICHICAN DAILY .PAGEr
ine Hockey Team Falls Before Minnesota Power, 9-
Michigan Swimmers Battle Eli In New Haven Tonigh

IN THIS CORNER

By MEL FINEBERG

BACK IN 1930 Matt Mann took one
of his most powerful swimming
teams East to face Yale. By Matt's
own admission, it was a team "that
should have won easily. We should
have gone into the last relay without
any possibility of being overtaken.-
But that night we came up to thei
free-style relay needing to win it in
order to tie in point score." (In thosel
days a tie in point score would have
been settled by whoever won thel
free-style relay).
The records say that Yale won the
relay, the meet and the honors. For
the next seven years, although it was3
Michigan who was copping the cham-
pionship honors, it was Yale who was
hailed as the nation's top swimming'
team. But two years ago, Matt Mann
took another great team to New
Haven. Again, the Wolverines were
figured to be a sure thing. And again
the two teams came down to the last
relay with the meet winner to be de-
cided by the relay winner. Tom
Haynie had to climb out of the water,
after winning the 440 to swim anchor
on the relay team. He just nosed out
Johnny Macionis to give the Wolver-
ines a 41-34 victory, their first in his-
tory over Yale. (Histor'y in this case
only extended over a three-meet
period).
Tonight, in Payne Whitney
Gymnasium, the two teams
tangle again. It's Michigan's
National Collegiate champions
plus this year. It's the strongest
team in Wolverine history. But
Yale also has what Coach Bob
Kiphuth has called his strongest
club. Michigan should win-but
will it?
Matt claims that "Yale swims bet-
ter in New Haven than it knows how.
Their swimmers aren't that good-
but they do it. And somehow Michi-
gan boys get the jitters there. They
look around that beautiful pool and
mutter to themselves, 'Gee, do those
guys really swim in this palace.'
That's why I'm taking them down a
day early this year (the team ar-
rived yesterday morning). Maybe
they'll lose the effects of that long
train ride and get used to that man-
sion Yale calls a swimming pool."
This swimming meet, however,
will be decided by more than
train rides and jitters. And it
probably will be decided, not by
the swimmers, but by the coaches
themselves. It will be decided by
whom they select to swim differ-
ent races. And Kiphuth is plenty

foxy. Two years ago, he had
Macionis, a free styler, swimming
breast stroke-and winning. It's
tough to figure his moves out un-
til it's too late.
Michigan has more balance and
more individual stars; Yale is led by
a sensational sophomore - Howie
Johnson. Johnson must swim three
races-and all Matt has to figure out
is what races these three will be.
When he has figured that out all he
has to do is decide where to swim
Gus Sharemet, his own ace in the
hole.
Johnson can swim, and come
mighty close to winning the 100 and
the 220. He also might anchor the
medley relay team and the free style
relay. But these are the races that
we're sure he'll swim-the 100 and
the free style relay. But now Matt
must figure out whether he'll swim
the furlong or the medley relay. In
the distance event he has swum
2:12.5. Jimmy Welsh, Michigan's
star, has done 2:13.6 in competition
this year and better in practice. Our
guess, and we don't think that this
will be Matt's, is that Johnson will
forego the 220 in order to anchor
the 'medley relay. He'll do this be-
cause, inr the Eastern system of scor-
ing, second place in the relay brings
only a goose egg and consolation.
The winner here gets five and in the
free style relay, seven.
But Matt, thinking that John-
son might not swim the medley,
will take Sharemet out, figuring
that Bill Beebe and John Share-
met, in the first two legs, can
hand Tommy Williams a com-
fortable lead and that he can
coast home against anybody but
Johnson. That puts Sharemet
in the 100 and the last relay. And
in both of them he must swim
against Johnson. The two are
about even and anything can de-
velop.
One thing which we will predict is
that a new world's record will be set
in the free style relay. Yale has
done 3:31.6 (three-tenths of a second
behind the mark) but this when all
four men were fresh. Tonight they
will all have worked plenty-and
hard. Michigan's quartet of Charles
Barker, Dobson Burton, Williams and
Sharemet will be comparatively fresh
and may (we said may) go under
3:30.
One final word-if Michigan wins
both relays (which would give them
a 12-0 lead) then Michigan will win
the meet. If it loses the medley, it'll
be a dogfight to the final race-the
free style relay.
We like vanilla-and Michigan.

Doherty Has Wealth Of Speedy
Sprinters Ready For '40 Meets

By HERM EPSTEINI
"It looks as if the average ability
of this year's group of sprinters is as
great as that of any other group we've
had since I've been here." This is
nothing less than Ken Doherty's way
of saying that the Wolverine sprint-
ing fortunes are pretty good.
Quality isn't the only characteris-
tic of the group for there is ample
quantity in the presence of Al Smith,
Carl Culver, Al Thomas and Bud Piel,
the first two seniors, the last two
sophomores.
Smith Leads Sprinters
Smith, of course, rates the number
one spot. His brilliant success dur-
ing last year was topped by a second-
place in the 60 yard dash at the In-
door Conference Meet and second in
the 220 and third in the 100 in the
Outdoor Conference Meet.
Though he specializes in the broad
jump, Culver's sprinting ability
brought him through to a fourth in
the Big Tens here last May. With
two fine sophomore prospects com-
ing up, Culver may concentrate more
on the jump to take up the slack left
by the departure of Bill Watson.
And now we come to the two boys
Lawson Little First
In West Coast Open,
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18.-OP)-
Turning in a par shattering 69 to
add to his first round 70, Lawson
Little captured medal honors today
in the $5,000 Sap Francisco match
play open golf championship with a
36-hole total of 139.
The stocky Bretton Woods, N.H.,
professional, who twice won the Brit-
ish and U.S. crowns as an amateur,
set the pace for a field of more than

whose presence would gladden any
coach's heart-Thomas and Piel.
Thomas has been coming .along ex-
tremely well this year, and just be-
fore Christmas vacation, he managed
to break even in two races with Sam
Stoller, '37, who was on the 1936
Olympic team. Last Saturday, Al fin-
ished about a big-toe length behind
Stoller and an equal amount ahead
of Smith in 6.4. His development this
year is partially the result of the dis-
covery that he needs and thrives on
a lot of work. Doherty has been driv-
ing him hard, and the results have
been highly promising.
Piel Also Quarter Miler
Up to last week, Piel's sprinting was
forgotten while he devoted his atten-
tion to the 440 in the campaign to
find men to run on the mile relay
team. His success at this distance
kept him busy until this past week,
but his performance Saturday, when
he finished so close to Stoller, Thom-
as and Smith that he was timed in
6.4 also, indicates that he may re-
gain his status as the top-ranking
sprinter coming up from last year's
freshman team.
With a four-star array like that, it
will be a big surprise to no one if
Michigan brings home plenty of
points in the dashes during the com-
ing track season.
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