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Powerhouses vs. Small Fry
Wolverijes, Chicago Towesi To Battle For National
AAU Crown As Small Teams Hold Key To Title

Five Men, One Goal - WeissmuIler's 14-Year Record

Fisher Classes Harms As One
Of Best Cdchers It Big Ten

Two powerhouses and a bunch of
small fry will battle it out this week-
end for the National AAU swimming
championship, but believe it or not
-the small fry hold the key to that
title in their hip pockets.
Powerhouse number one-is of
course Michigan. Powerhouse number
two-the Chicago Towers Club. The
small fry? Well, you can take your
pick out of any number of 17 teams.
Chicago Not Only Worry
Matt Mann would be feeling quite
chipper these days if he had only to
send his natators against the Windy
City squad. With an overwhelming
edge in balance it would be safe to
say the Wolverines had another vic-
tory tucked away.}
But, as Mann points out, "ThereI
are enough good swimmers from this
Podunk college and that Podunk col-
lege to push my boys farther down
In The
Louisville (AA) 300 000 120 0-6 7 1
Detroit (A) 100 000 032 1-7 11 2
Butland, Shaffer, Lefebvre and
Walters; Giebell White and Parsons.
Brooklyn (N) 000 200 00n-3 8 21
Knoxville (SA) 103 010 00x-5 8 2
Mills, Wicker and Franks; Baker,
Anderson and Epps, Jackson.
St. Louis (N) 001 042 100-8 12 0
Washington (A) 001 000 000-1 7 1
Cooper, Shoun and Padgett, W.
Cooper; Sundra, Beck and Evans.
New York (N) 000 000 021-3 12 1
Cleveland (A) 000 010 000-1 3 1
Schumacher, Lohrman and O'Dea;
Harder, Andrews, Heving.and Desau-
Cinc'nati N) 100 001 200- 4 9 3
Boston (A) 210 020 50x-10 14 1
Pearson, Thompson, Guise, LoganS
and Lombardi, Barker; Wilson, Flem-
ing and Pytlak.
Brooklyn (N) 030 100 005-9 11 0
Shr'vep'rt (Tex) 100 000 200-3 6 2
Head, Flowers and Owen; Klaern-
er, Hamner, Vanslate and Friar.
Bruins Stay In Playoffs,
Defeating Toronto, 2-1

-and with only four places that
count-well, it's going to be tough."
"Besides," he went on. "the Towers
Club has Kiefer and Jaretz, and who's
going to beat them? It means they'll
take a first in any race those guys en-
To get a better idea of what Mann
really has in mind, you only have to
glance at the entry list and see what
he means. Take the 100 yard free
style, for example. Besides Jaretz
therels Bill Prew-national champ
and gnbeatable so far this year, How-
ie Johnson of Yale who has done
51.6 repeatedly, Walt Tomski, 4ormer'
Michigan star and a host of others
The distance races show the same
I thing. In the 440 the Michigan entries
will try to snatch places from "un-
knowns" Andy Clarke, of Wayne,
Rene Chouteau-1500 meter champ
from Yale, Eric Cutler and the great
Tom Haynie.
Tough Competition
That gives you a rough idea of
what the Wolverines will be up
against Friday and Saturday. Eachl
event on the two-day program isi
chucked full of "name" stars. Mark
Follansbee, the. backstroker, will be
here-Ned Parke, Princeton's breast-
stroker who pushed Jiin Skinner in
the Collegiates-and Bob Schaper,I
freestyler from Brown-all seeking
a National title and all hacking away
valuable points from Matt Mann's
Though this meet is tabbed as a
two-way battle between Powerhouse
number one and Powerhouse number
two-the small fry-those teams with
one or two entries hold the dice and
the answer to the question, "What
team will be National AAU champ?"
don wirtehafter's
Mann's Nemesis? ...,.
_tF THE WORD of husky Stanley
Brauninger, Chicago Towers Club's
able swim coach, is the gospel, Mich-
igan had better prepare for the worst
this weekend in the National AAU
For back in his trusty Windy City
headquarters yesterday, the man
who claims to have discovered
Adolph Kiefer and who intends tot
make good use of his find here, bold-1
ly told the world that his band of
aquatic stars will easily capture thes
AAU crown from the title-defending#
"It's hard to see how we can

Coach Ray Fisher interrupted his
daily complaint about the rain and
mud that is keeping his squad inside
the Field House yesterday long
enough to contribute a few enthusias-
tic remarks about little George
Harms, the varsity's first-string re-
Ray had just crawled out of the
batting , cages after a session of
catching some of his hurling hopefuls,
and the Wolverine mentor would
rather watch somebody else behind
the plate than work there himself.
"George," he said, "is probably one
of the best receivers in the Confer-
ence, as far as catching goes. He's
the nicest catcher I've had here in
Showed Ability Early
This information should surprise
nobody. At least, nobody who watched
the Wolverines last spring. For,
Harms, then a sophomore, was tagged
as a superior backstop early in the
pre-season drills, and before the
squad returned from the southern
trip he had taken over a regular spot
in the lineup. At first the job was
his because Forest Evashevski, rated
number one catcher, had a sore arm.
But George disregarded the winter
book ratings and stayed in there for
the rest of the season.
The Detroit boy isn't so much on
size. He's only about five feet, 7%/
inehes tall and weighs in at about
160. But he's proved that it doesn't
take a big man to make a good catch-
er. Harms is something of an expert
in handling pitchers, and very few

balls go by him. In addition to doing
a smooth receiving job he owns the
most accurate throwing arm Michi-
gan fans have seen in a long time,
an arm that will nip off a lot of
base-runners before the season ends.
Played Legion Ball
Harms learned his trade in fast
company. He passed up high school
ball for the greater action in Ameri-
can Legion ball, and there he spent
three years with the Roose Vanker
club, catching every inning pitched
by one Hal Newhouser, who was to
go up to the Tigers when George
came to Ann Arbor. Harms also set
records in the Legion loop for throw-
ing out base runners, and hit for
an average of over .350 for the three
seasons, reaching .412 one year.
His one weakness last season was
at the plate, but he was improving
as the season ended, and finished
with a mark of .281. He points out
that the Big.Ten is a pitchers' league,
and predicts better things this year.
" I feel better up there," he says,
"and I have hopes of doing a lot
better than last year."
All fraternity, Residence Hall
and independent men who quali-
fied for the all-campus foul throw-
ing contest by scoring at least
15 out of 25 on their first series
of throws may complete their 100
throws between 7:00 and 10:00
p.m. tomorrow. Milo Sukup leads
at present with 79 out of 100.
Intramural Department

For fourteen years Johnny Weissmuller has held the world's record for the 100-yard sprint, with a time
of 51 seconds. But Friday and Saturday, during the National A.A.U. meet which is to be held in the Sports
Building pool, these five stars will seek to smash th it long-standing mark. Otto Jaretz of the Chicago
Towers Club is the defending champion in -the event, hut racing against him will be Charlie Barker and Gus
Sharemet of Michigan, Bill Prew of the Detroit A.C. and Guy Lumsden of Wayne.


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TORONTO, Apr. 1-P)-The Bos-
ton Bruins got up off the floor to-
night to belt over the Toronto Maple
Leafs 2 to 1 in the sixth game of
their Stanley Cup Hockey playoff
series tonight and even the round at
three victories apiece.
On the vergepof elimination after
last Saturday's defeat at Boston, the
determined Bruins again broke the
"home ice" charm and earned the
advantage of playing the seventh
and deciding game of this opening-
round playoff of their own rink next


There will be a meeting for all
men interested in varsity track
at 4:30 today in Yost Field House.
Previous experience is not neces-
sary, and all men are encour-
aged to attend.
- Coach Ken Doherty



miss," explained Brauninger who
has already produced six cham-
pionship AAU outfits. "I can see
40 points for us, and I don't think
I'm being optimistic."
According to Braunirger's dope
sheet, Kiefer will win the backstroke
and individual medley events, Otto
Jaretz will encounter no trouble in
the century freestyle, Chicago Tow-
ers medley relay teams should finish
first and fourtl in that race while
his crack freestyle relay forces will
walk all over any opposition that
dares to throw an aquatic arm into
the same pool.
When the sad news of the forth-
coming Wolverine doom reached
the overworked I-M pool yester-
day, the Michigan swimmers didn't
burst into the expected tears.
"I guess maybe we're all through,"
commented Matt Mann. "I guess my
boys gave all they had last week to
win the Collegiates. Yeh, we were
under terrific strain throughout."
But with the typical Matt Mann
chuckle, he continued, "Don't
count us completely out as yet.
Remember we're swimming -at
home this time."
Nope, despite the good words of
capable' Mr. Brauninger, the Double
refuses to give up the Michigan ship
until the last race is swum.
For some reason or other, it seems
the Michigan laddies are always in
the front row when swimming awards
are passed out. Why change now?
MORE AND BETTER predictions
Youthful Howard Stepp,
Princeton's swim mentor, believes

that Jim Skinner will be the greatest
breaststroker of his time and should
easily lower the world record to 2:18
before his collegiate career is fin-
ished.... This sounds like good stuff
coming from the man who coached
Dick Hough, present record holder
with a 2:22 timing set here at the
T-M pool in the National Collegiates
two years ago.
According to Stepp, "Skinner
swims with greater ease and flexi-
bility and should better Hough's
marks despite Dick's tremendous
speed." When the Princeton husky
turred in his remarkable perform-
ance here, he swam the first lap
under water, butterflied the next
three and a half, went orthodox
for two and a half and then but-
terflied home . . . "His shoulders
were too stiff and muscular to
butterfly all the way as Skinner
can," Stepp pointed out.
Hough, a junior Phi Bete, was
married last week and will be in the
midst of his honeymoon when the
AAU's are swum off . . . He is cur-
rently employed in the New York
Bell Telephone laboratories. A sci-
entist, no less.
The Intramural Department is
now offering competition in an
All-Campus Corballo Tournament.
Entries for the new sport are now
being received, and will close April
7. Contestants will be notified by
mail as to opponents, time and
place of the first round matches.
-Intramural Department

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