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ujury May Keep Bob Shemky Out Of Notre Dame


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Mermen To Leave Tomorrow



'For Florida Swim Convention

Comm, (;ibert
To- Share Sub
Role In Lineup

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Matt Mann, Wolverine' swimming
mentor, left early yesterday for the
annual Swimming Forum at Ft. Lau-
derdale, Fla., to arrange for the ac-
comnmodations'of the Michigan swim-
ming contingent. Members of the!
team are scheduled to leave on Fri-
day afternoon and Saturday morn-
While making plans. for the yearly
swim convention, Mann remarked
on the various ideas that have come
out of these meetings of the country's!
outstanding coaches and swimmers.
One statement stood out in particu-
lar. He stated, "In teaching. and
coaching swimmers, stress is placed
on the individual and not on styling
the tankster after some distiqi t pat-
tern." Too many persons h O e been
taught to swim with a constant stress
on some sort of "flutter kick" which
felt awkward and didn't do any good.
Others learned an 'awkward arm
stroke that greatly handicapped
Relaxation Is Important
Coach Mann continued that for
years relaxation has been the stand-
ard in swimming, but whatever they
stressed about it was completely'for-
gotten by forcing the natators to
swim in these awkward ways. Now
then, as relaxation is the primary
factor of good swimming, they
should be taught to swim in any
way in which they feel most relaxed.
Today, nationally known swim-
mers can be seen swimming in vari-
ous styles particularly suied to their
individual tastes. Jack Medica, for-
mer World's distance champ, and
Andy Clark, formerly of Wayne 'Uii-
versity, swam in their own way and
recqrds show what they accomp-
Contrasts On Varsity
Right on the Varsity tank squad
are cases of contrasting "ideas." In
the free style events, which consist
primarily of the American crawl or
some such stroke, Gus Sharemet
swims an easy race, but in complete
contrast is sophomore Walt Stew-
art who seems to be struggling along.
Walt, however,~ covers the sprints in
a satisfactory time, according to
Mann. Every free styler on the Var-
sity swims in a different way, but
they seem to be hitting the 50 yard

event in around 25 seconds which
isn't bad!
As another example, Mann de-
scribed one phase of the breast
stroke. James Skinner, national
breaststroke champion' comes to the
surface and starts his famous "but-
terfly strike" immediately after his
start. John Sharemet, on the other


0'.. Apology To Hockey Team
*Defense Of rxcke
a y H AL IL~fSON
IDaily SportsfEditor

Michigan Out To
Defeat Of Last
in Tomorrow's


hand, remains beneath the surfaceI
for a few strokes before beginning
his flying stroke. Jim states, "I feel
relaxed in the butterfly so I come,
up." John can express the same
reason for staying under, but both
are still good swimmers.
Diving Is Different
Diving, however, is an event
that follows a set standard. Coach'
Mann also expressed a regret
that diving is judged by the div-
er's physical appearance to the offi-;
cials and not on the ability to do the
required dives.
In climaxing his explanation, Matt
Mann said that of course certain
things must be taught the swimmer,
but these consist primarily of
smoothing out the rough spots. From
then on, the swimmer is on his own,
As far as learning new tricks are

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Injuries struck the Wolverine bas-
ketball team Tuesday afternoon
when Bob Shemky, a promising soph-
omore, suffered a sprained ankle and!
will probably be forced to watch1 to-
morrow's tilt with Notre Dame rom
the sidelines.
Shemky was in the starting lineup
in Michigan's opening game of the
season last Saturday against Michi-
gan State and turned in a creditable
showing, garnering four points and
setting up numerous scoring plays.
Yesterday's injury occurred during
practice in Yost Field House and was
a reoccurance of one which dates
back to pre-season drills.
Coach Bennie Ooosterbaan has
been using Ralph Gibert, another
sophomore, and Mel Comm, junior!
letterman, at the forward spot in
place of Sliemky and both have been
filling in quite capably.
Cagers Work Hard
The cagers have been hard at work
this week polishing up on their of-
fense and defense in prepar ,tion for
the game with the Irish, as they are
out to avenge last year's defeat.
But despite this 37-27 loss, Michi-
gan still holds a three to two edge
in its series with Notre Dame quin-
tets. The' first game between, the
two schools was during the 1922-23
season and the Maize and Blue
emerged on the long end of a 42-23
score. The next year the fighting
Irish evened the series by copping
a 29-25 decision.
No games were played until the'
1938-39 season when Michigan man-
aged to eke out a 40-38 win over a
great Notre Dame outfit, and the
following year the Wolverines cap-
tured a real thriller, 41-39. This
was the game in which Eddie Riska,
Irish captain, scored 23 points, just
two points underethe modern Notre
Dame scoring record.
Irish Have Good Team
This Is Coach George Keogan's
19th season as Irish basketball men-
tor and as usual he has another fast-
stepping team. So far tlis year the
Notre'{Dame cagers have won two
and lost two, but this is not indica-
tive' of their strength.
Their two losses were at the hands
of the Great Lakes Training Station
team, led by Bill Menke, former In-
diana star, and Wisconsin, last year's
National Intercollegiate champions,
both being bitterly contested battles.
Four Winners
Annex Crowns
In Mat Contest,
Winners in four weight divisions
were decided yesterday afternoon at
the All-Campus Wrestling Tourney
held at Yost Field House. Mel Becker
took the 145 lb. title by decisioning
George McIntyre, 7-4, while Dick Ko-
pel won from Maury Anderson in the
128 lb. division by a fall in 7:37%.
At 136 lb. Ray Murray got the nod
Iby dropping Louis Rude in 8:48,
while in the heavyweight division,
Johnny Green won an 8-6 decision
over Emil Lockwood.0
In semi-final matches, Don O'Neill
nosed out 175 lb. interfraternity
champ Carlton McNichols to enter
the finals in that group along with
Tom\Coffield who beat Ken Levy by
a fall in 3:10. Other victors were
Harvey Littleton at 121 lb. who beat
Tom Loftus in an overtime match,
13-11;,Mike Herwitz, at 155, by de-
cisioning Earl Russell, 5-0; Bob Allen,
also at 155, who dropped Sid Reynolds
in 1:59 of their match. At 165 lb,
Tom Mueller came out winner over
Chip Warrick by a 2-0 count.
SI " H A__- -VE

in your living room!
Glaring lamps that make it
difficult to read... lamps that
cause squinting and frown-

SO MUCH for the unfortunate re-
' suit of switching women's and
sports' pages' The hockey situa-
tion deserves a little 'more detailed
comment and elaboration.
It is a fact that Michigan's hoc-
key team is weaker than a major-
ity of its opponents. But it is no
disgrace. The set-up, as it exists4
at present, stems from several dif-
ferent reasons.
It is a matter of record that the
material which finds its way to
Michigan is often inferior to that
which competes for the other
schools and athletic clubs compos-
ing the Wolverine schedule. A
great number of the Maize and
Blue opponents are atletic clubs
from Canada, such as the London
A.C. and the Port Dover A.C., both
of whom have defeated the Wol-
verines this season. These sextets
comprise older, more experienced
veteran hockey players. They should
be good. There are no such things
as graduation or eligibility for
these teams.
THE REST of Michigan's foes are
college outfits such as Illinois,
Minnesota, Colorado, Michigan

Tech. Last year Coach Eddie Low-
rey's hard-fighting sextet edged the
Miners twice, tied one and lost one
to Colorado, and lost eight deci-
sions; to the Illini and Gophers. On
black and white this isn't a very
good record.
But there is something deeper
than the bare statistics. It con-
cerns the manner in which these
Wolverine puckmen go about their
task, the way in which they keep
on, fighting' and trying and giving
with everything they have. They
get 'all too little credit for their
efforts. They're putting forth 100
per cent while bucking probably the
greatest handicaps which face
any Michigan athletic team.
As a rule the hockey team lacks
the enthusiastic support accorded
most other university athletic
representatives. The fans are rabid,
but unfortunately the crowds are
rather small in most, cases. This
is true largely because spectator
room is at a premium in the Coli-
seum, which forces -officials to
charge an extra admission price to
students as well as other fans. This
, of course cuts down attendance.

N THE FIRST PLACE I hope everyone will pardon the frequent use of tpe
first person in this column. It is, I think, the easiest method by which to
express sincerity. And I am truly sincere about this.
I want to express my apologies to the Michigan hockey team, which
through no fault of mine, or the sports staff, was subjected to a humorless,
misguided form of humor on yesterday's sports page.
WANT it thoroughly understood that not a single line, headline or
even thought which appeared on yesterday's sports page was
written or expressed. either by me or by Art Hill or by any member of
our staff. The women's staff and the sports staff traded pages and
stories last night. Many people failed to realize this, although it was
embarrassingly evident, and they took everything printed in its most
literal sense.
And undoubtedly some of that material which appeared on the page
was unfair to the subject. Specifically, I mean the hockey team which was
ridiculed particularly thoughtlessly. The parody on hockey 'was written by
a person whose name I will not mention, not because the person deserves to
Escape censuie, but because no good could be accomplished by bringing f,
into public view.
The story was probably written as a take-off on sports writing style.
But there is often a vast difference between intent and final product. The
effect frequently differs from the purpose. Needless and injudicious ridi-
cule was heaped upon the Wolverine puckmen. The damage has been
done; I hope this will in some measure make up for it.


A LL THESE THINGS make it just a little tougher on the puckmen. But
they aren't kicking. They go outs against superior opponents and play
as well as they know how-fight as hard at they can.
Proof of this was brought home to me just last Saturday, "en in the
waning minutes of the Port Dover game Michigan was trailing, 2-1. Coach
Lowrey wanted to give his captain, Paul Goldsmith, a moment's rest. But
Paul wanted to stay in there and try somehow to mace through-the'Sailors'
defense to tie up the score.
"I'm not tired, coach," he protested, "let me stay in." But obvious-
ly he was tired. The entire Wolverine squad, undermanned and de-
pleted by ineligibility, was tired, dead-tired, from some 58 minutes of
gruelling, jarring action.
GOLDIE CAME OUT, then went back in a few seconds later. Michigan
didn't score and Michigan didn't tie it up. But Goldy's determination,
which was reflected by every one of his teammates, was no less impressive.
And that, in the final analysis, is what really counts.
Better things loom for the Wolverines. Five men, good, sound hockey
players, are cheering from the sidelines now. Barred from competition by
eligibility rules, they probably will add their strength to Lowrey's coxpbina-
tion in February. Next year the outlook is even finer. A very good yearling
team will add its talents to the squad then.
But the team isn't through with this year yet. It's in there pitching
with everything it has. No fan can ask for more.







For That


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