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Holiday Favored To Win
Backstroke for Michigan
By JOE McHALE
When the National Collegiate
swimming championships swing into
their first day of action today in
Columbus, Michigan, will, for the first
time in many a year, go into the bat-
tle without hope of coming out on
the pedestal of college swimming.
Coach Matt Mann's squad had
pinued all of its hopes on bringing
back the Big Ten title, but it barely
slipped off out of reach coming to
Conserve what you have
and help the government.
Keep things in working
order for the duration
No Paint Shortage!
rest in front of the Ohio State bench.
In this week's contest the Buckeyes
are so much stronger than at Evan-
ston three weeks ago, because of the
eligibility of freshman Bill Smith,
that it is too much to order that the
Maize and Blue add its fourteenth
NCAA title in the last seventeen years
to its list of accomplishments.
Five Events Slated Today
On the slate for today, with quali-
fying rounds in the afternoon and
finals in the evening, are the 50-yard,
the 200-yard and the 1500-meter
freestyles, the 150-yard backstroke
and the 300-yard medley relay.
There is a great likelihood that the
Wolverines will come out of today's
events even with the Buckeyes in the
matter of first places, for the Ohioans
are almost certain to clean up in the
220 and in the 1500, while nothing
can stop Michigan victory in the
backstroke; the medley relay will be
hotly contested between Coach Mike
Peppe's trio and the Mattmen, with
the latter squad favored.
Nakama Set Record Last Year
The slithery little Hawaiian sopho-
more, Kea Nakama of the Bucks, set
a new world record for the mile in
last year's National AAU contest, and
no one has appeared to challenge his
supremacy in the longer distances.
Again in the 220 Keo might cross the
line first although teammate Smith
has broken the world record for the
event and will be the favorite. The
Michigan captain, Johnny Patten,
holder of the NCAA record, will
threaten the Buckeyes very strongly,
while Eastern intercollegiate champ
Gene Rogers of Columbia should take
Holiday Rtules Backstroke Field
Wolverine Harry Holiday has be-
come the exclusive ruler of the na-
tion's college backstrokers, proved by
his recent NCAA record-breaking
performance at the Big Ten meet.
Today Harry will try again .to better
Adolf Kiefer's- world mark t hat
eluded him a little more than a sec-
ond at the Conference contest.
Second place will be fough t over
by Buckeye Captain Mark Follansbee
and Princetons Tom S;hand. .
A Michigan threesome set an
American recordfor the medley re-
lay this year, bt-only Holiday of that
trio will swim again toight;- Pat-
rick Hayes is in the Army, and Pat-
ten will probably be occupied with
the 220, so Ace Cory or Charlie Fries
will likely take his place. With the
gain of Smith the Peppemen will
Thee50-yard freestyle will be a
battle royal between Ernie Kozlowski,
Northwestern frosh flash, Ed Hall of
Massachusetts . State. and Mert
Church of Michigan. The Wildcat will
probably be the favorite, but an upset
may occur here.
Pimlico Track To Have
20 Days of Horse Racing
BALTIMORE, March 25.-(P)-
The chances seemed excellent today
for 20 days of horse racing this spring
at Pimlico, instead of the scheduled
15, and track officials said war char-
ities would benefit if theextrafive
days were approved.
. .dashman, who will not repre-
sent Michigan at the K. of C. games
at Cleveland, due to the fact that
he is laid up with an attack of in-
Ten. Chosen .for
In a close, well-fought challenge
match, Fred Wellington defeated his
former high school doubles partner,
Roger Lewis, 5-7, 6-3, 8-6, and suc-
ceeded him as top man on the Varsity
tennis squad Wednesday night during
practice at the I-M building.
The two rivals are an interesting
pair to watch, for they not only,
played side by side on the Ann Arbor.
high tennis team, but also copped the
state high school doubles champion-
ship in 1940.
In addition, Lewis, who is a fresh-
man now, has captured the state high
school singles crown for the past two
Captain Jinx Johnson still holds
his position in third spot, having
knocked off number four man, Gerry
Gurman, in.another practice match
by'the decisive scores of 6-1, 6-1.
Coach. LeRoy M. Weir' said last
night thathe had definitely decided
upon the first ten. men on his squad.
By next week he expects to have
chosen five more fromTthe eleven
remaining hopefuls. The netters
whose fates have been happily es-
tablished are, in order of their pres-
ent standing, Fred Wellington, Roger
Lewis, Jinx Johnson, Gerry Gurman,
Roy Bradley, Ed Scott, Roy Boucher,
Fred Sleator, Dave, Post and Merle
-The tennis schedule for this spring
has been arranged as follows:
April 21-M.S.C. there.
April 24-Western Michigan (ten-
April 24-Illinois here.
May 6-Chicago there.
May 7-OSU at Chicago.
May 8-Northwestern there.
May 13, 14, 15-Conf erence meet.
Mize, First Baseman,
Leaves Giants for Navy
- ST. LOUIS, March 25.-(-)-The
New York Giants can start looking
for a first baseman. Johnny Mize is
in the Navy. The husky, fence-bust-
ing infielder was sworn into the ser-
vice this afternoon after passing his
physical at Jefferson barracks.
Now he has seven days to wind up
his affairs and go all out for Uncle
He probably will take his training
at Great Lakes but that had not been
President Horace Stoneham at the
club's Lakewood, N. J. training camp
May Not Run
In K.C. Games
Influenza Takes Crack
At Squad; Leaves Relay
Team Choice Confused
By JACK MARTIN
Michigan's track aces leave this
morning for the Cleveland K. of C.
Games without the company of
Chuck Pinney, low hurdle star, and
possibly Bob Ufer, nationally known
middle distance champion.
Both runners are suffering from
cases of "flu." Coach Ken Doherty
said yesterday that Pinney definitely
was not going, and he wasn't sure of
Ufer. If Ufer does improve and is
able to make the trip, he will prob-
ably run in only one event. He was
originally scheduled to compete in
the 600-yard run and two-mile relay.
Ufer Will Run 600
Doherty said that if it comes to
entering the Wolverine in only one
race he will be placed in the 600. In
that case, Bob Hume, regular two-
miler, would take over Ufer's leg in
the relay. Hume is also in the two-
All this leaves the two-mile relay
picture very confused. The Wolver-
ines naturally will be handicapped
without Ufer, and the least disadvan-
tage like this may cause trouble.
Waiting to cash in on Maize and
Blue difficulties are two dangerous
opponents, Fordham and New York
Purdue Relays Confused
Equally confused is the Purdue
Relays situation. It is possible that
the relay squad will skip the meet
altogether, leaving Notre Dame and
Illinois to battle it -out. Coach
Doherty said he would know definite-
ly after today's Cleveland-Games.
At least -six men will make the
Cleveland trip, and two are going to
Purdue. The other members -of the
relay foursome, Ross Hume, Dave
Matthews and John Roxborough will
compete at Cleveland..'Captain Mat-
thews is also planning to run the
special 1,000-yard event.
Matthews Out for Revenge.
Dave is out for vengeance this
week, after just missing victory at
the Chicago Relays last Saturday. He
started his final sprint fro a little
I too far back, passed two opponents,
but C"Otld't quite catch Les Esenhart
and Gene Venzke, the first and se-
Elmer Swanson is entered in the
45-yard low and high hurdles, com-
peting against such champions as
Bob Wright and Whitey Hlad. Bob
Segula competes the Wolverine con-
tingent, being scheduled for the pole-
Two Freshmen Make Trip
Making the Purdue trip will be two
freshmen; this marks the first time
that Michigan has taken advantage
of the recent Big Ten ruling allowing
freshmen to compete in Varsity
sports. George Kraeger and Bob
Gardner are both entered in the shot
put. These two have been outstanhding
[members of Coach Chet Stackhouses'
frosh field team.
Coach Stackhouse will accompany
the weight men to P urdue, with
Doherty possibly coming down after
the Cleveland meet.
Another Michigan runner will see
action this weekend. Chuck Donahey,
who was unable to run with the Var-
sity this season, is going to run $be
60-yard dash in the Central AAU
meet Saturday in Chicago. Athletes
from all over the Chicago area will
compete. Donahey plans to leave for
the Windy City early Saturday morn-
According to the latest reports,
Michigan's golf star and Varsity Cap-
tain Ben Smith who for the last few
weeks has been sick with pneumonia
will be able to participate in this
spring's competition. Smith is now
in the hospital recuperating from the
attack but Coach Ray Courtwright
expects him to be out for practice by
t he latter part of next week.
Although he is in the V-7 group
which may go into active service April
29, the doctors have issued orders
saying that Smith will be in no con-
dition to leave then. However, it is
advised by the doctors that Smith get
exercise and hardening so that the
possibility of his playing golf is excel-
Because of his illness, the 130-
pound wonder boy will probably have
a tough time working into condition
for the opening match on April 17 or
19 at Columbus; however, he will be
taking serum shots to eliminate any
reattack of the illness.
Hopes are now running high among
Biatters' T1hre at
Captain Ben Smith Reported Able
To Play in Varsity Golf Matches
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the Varsity with Smith coming back
and maybe a chance of John Liedy,
last year's captain, returning to the
team, although he is in the Army.
... Wolverine hurler, who along
with "Pro" Boim, will be counted
on to provide trouble for oppos-
ing batters in this years Big Ten
The opening of the baseball season
is only two weeks off, and Coach Ray
Fisher is sure of only one thing, the
Wolverine ball club will be one of the
molt interesting that he has had to
work with since he came here in '21.
There are only seven returning let-
termen, the lowest number that he
has ever had for a nucleus to start
out a season, and four of these are
pitchers. Of the remaining three,
two - Bob Stenberg and Wayne
Christenson-play the same position.
All this boils down to thd fact that
six' of the nine starting positions will
be held by yearlings.
Despite the fact that Coach Fisher
has a definite lack of veterans on
hand, Ray himself is not too pessi-
mistic about the team'snchances. The
pitching staff shouldnbenimproved
over last season, and one might go so
far as to say it is just about as good
as any in recent years. "Pro" Boim
and Mickey Fishman carried the
brunt of the hurling duties in 1942
and they will probably carry them
again -this year.
Boimn and Fishman were two:, of
the leadingdpitchers in the Confer-
ence last season. "Pro" had the low-
est earned run average in the league,
while Fishman was one of the most
Also on the mound staff will be
Bill Cain and Dick Savage (provided
of course that the army will let them
play since they are in ROTC and
were just inducted).
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