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Army Demands, Illness Robbed Michigan of Swim I




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Varsity Track





Highlight Past Season

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The 1942-43 Wolverine swimming
team was one which, if the Army
hadn't stepped in, would most cer-
tainly have ranked with the very
top of the list of championship Mich-
igan aggregations.
As it was, the. team came up with
a sophomore marvel, Harry Holiday'
destined to take Adolf Kiefer's place.
as ruler of the world's backstrokers,
and it retained enough balance of
power to have an undefeated dual
meet season and to finish a strong
second in both Big Ten and National
Collegiate championships.
Holiday Is Outstanding
Holiday, 6-foot 5-inch speedster,
Won the Big Ten and NCAA crowns
easily and climaxed his career as he
beat Kiefer, undefeated since 1935,
for the National AAU 150-yard back-
stroke crown in New York. During
the season Harry set world back-'
stroke standards for 100. yards and
200 meters and Conference and In-
tercollegiate marks for 150 yards.
Probably the biggest disappoint-
ent for the team was the loss of the
Conference title for the first time
ince 1938 to Ohio State by the nar-
,ow margin of five points. The meet,
ield in Evanston, was strictly a two-
team affair, as was all of intercol-
wegiate swimming: the Buckeyes and
Wolverines had the 'class' of the na-
tion. So close were- the Big Ten's
hat the presence of Charlie Fries,
ophomore freestyler who was ill with
pneumonia, would have turned the
tide for Michigan. Even so, Wol-
verines took six out of nine first
Buckeyes Win NCAA
In the NCAA contest at Columbus
Ohio State freshman Bill Smith gave
the Buckeyes enough added power to
sweep them to their first collegiate
victory. During-the dual meet season
Michigan had beaten the Bucks
Lwice,. but Ohio depth of strength in
he diving and in the distance events,
dominated by Smith and his brother
Hawaiian, K e o N a k am a, proved
enough to win. .
Missing at the season's end were
backstroker Ted Horlenko, lost by

A World Champion

graduation in February, breaststroke
king Jim Skinner, v4ho had to devote
his entire time to medical school af-
ter the Big Tens, and Patrick Hayes,
Lou Kivi and Dave Levy, called by the
Army Air Corps. Patrick, a sopho-
more, seemed destined to be a great
breaststroker, and Kivi was a junior
freestyle sprinter.
Patten Wins Honors
The Wolverines were ably captained
by Jack Patten, Big Ten and NCAA
100-yard freestyle champ and pos-
sessor of the honor of being chosen
the outstanding swimmer of the year
at the Collegiates.
Other outstanding stars were Mert
Church, soph sprinter who won the
Big Ten 50-yard race and finished
second to world - record - breaking
Henry Kozlowski of Northwestern at
the Collegiates; little Irvie Einbinder,
who worked up from Michigan's
number four breaststroker to a run-
ner-up spot at the NCAA's; and
Skinner, who won hias third straight
Big Ten title before he began to use
his whole time in med school. Too,
the medley relay trio of Holiday,
Hayes and Patten set a new Ameri-
can record.

SitiM the Junc-

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New Big Tene
Indoor Kins
Are Unbeaten
Undefeated Two-Mile
Quartet Ends Season
With World Record
Coach Ken Doherty's indoor track
squad had the greatest season of his
regime during the early months of
1943. The Wolverines remained un-
defeated for the entire length of one
of.the longest schedules any Wolver-
ine cinder team has. ever faced.
Leading the list of accomplish-
ments was Michigan's run-away cap-
ture of the 1943 Indoor Big Ten
crown with a record point total. of
531/2. Other team victories were col-
lected at the expense of Michigan
State and Ohio State, while indi-
vidual Maize and Blue runners
brought back trophies from seven re-
lay carnivals.
Win at Millrose
Indoor competition began for the
Wolverines Feb. 6 with the annual
Millrose Games in New York's Madi-
son Square Garden. Coach Doherty
took along his now famous two-mile
quartet which proved definitely su-
perior to the East's best.
This relay foursome, seting an
example for the team as a whole,
finished the season unbeaten. Com-
posed of Captain Dave Mathews,
Ross Hume, Johnny Roxborough, and
Bob Ufer, it became nationally-
known. Ufer alsoran a special 600-
yard race, and Matthews a 1,000-
yard event at Millrose. Hugh Short
of Georgetown managed to nose out
Ufer, breaking Johnny Borican's
world record in the process, in 1:10.2.
Rout Michigan State
The first home meet was held Feb.
9, when Michigan thumped the Spar-
tans of Michigan State by the lop-
sided score of 65-39. Matthews won
the mile; Ufer took the 440; Elmer
Swanson wo nthe 65-yard high hur-
dles; Bob Hume won the two-mile;
Roxborough won the half- mile;
Chuck Pinney took the 65-yard lows;
and the mile relay team triumphed.
The following Saturday the Wol-
verines travelled to East Lansing to
compete in the Michigan State Re-
lays: "Hose-Nose" Ufer featured the
program with his record victory in
the special 300-yard race in 31.4 sec-
onds, establishing a new field house
mark and barely missing the world
record of 31.2.
Ufer Breaks Record
Meet honors were divided between
Michigan and Notre Dame, although
there was no team championship.
The Wolverine sprint-medley squad
of Sears, Alkon, Bill Newcomb and
Ufer broke the field house record in
Other Maize and Blue runners win-
ning were Ingersoll, Ross Hume, Rox-
borough and Matthews, two-mile re-
lay; Ross Hume, 1,000-yard run; Pin-
ney, 75-yard low hurdles; Glas, Sears,
Matthews and Ufer, mile relay; Stro-
ia, Bud Low, Bud Byerly, and Swan-
son, 240-yard shuttle hurdle relay.
Buckeyes Are Routed
On Feb. 26, the Wolverines fore-
shadowed their Conference victory
by routing the Ohio State Buckeyes,
the defending champions, 75/2-28%/2.
Ufer again starred, this time break-
ing the field house 440 record with
a 49-second performance, to defeat
his ancient rival, Russ Owen.
Ingersoll and the two Humes tied
for first in the mile; Alkon pulled


lean-legged quarter-miler
w'ho holds the national indoor 440-
yard record at 48.1.
an upset by taking the 60 from Ohio's
Dave Trepanier; Swanson won the
65-yard highs; teonardi won the two-
mile; Matthews, Roxborough, and
Upton tied for first in the half-mile;
Pinney, Martin and Swanson slam-
med. the 65-lows; Ostroot surprised
to win the shot; Dale tied with Hoef-
linger and Clark of Ohio in the high
jump; Segula and Ohio's Schmidt
split pole-vaulting honors, and Alkon,
Glas, Sears, and Ufer took the mile-
Win Indoor Title
The next week-end Michigan be-
came 1943 Indoor Conference track
champions; scoring a record of 53%
points to lead the field. Wisconsin
took second, Illinois third, and Ohio
State fourth; five first places went to
the victors.
Said Coach, Doherty: "Our victory
Saturday was probably the greatest
group. performance. by any Michigan~
track team in championship compe-
tition. Sixteen out of twenty men
making the trip placed. One of the
greatest causes of the triumph was
the exceptional team spirit. Captain
Matthews was largely responsible."
The five Big Ten champs from
Michigan were Ross Hume inrthe
mile, Akon in the 60, Ufer in the
440, Roxborough in the half, and
Pinney in the 70-yard lows.
The next week the team was split,
the two-mile relay squad going to the
New York K. of C. games, while the
rest went to the Illinois Tech Re-
lays in Chicago. At New York, the
foursome won and Ufer won the 600-
yard run in addition. In Chicago,
Pinney starred with his easy win in
the 60-yard lows.


Michigan linksmen of 1943 have
been dogged by bad weather; sick-
ness, and the absence of Lady Luck.
Last year the Wolverine golfers
won the Big Ten championship. Ben
Smith, this year's captain now in his
third brilliant year with the Varsity,
Bob Fife, John Leidy, and Phil Mar-
cellus were lettermen on the 1942
team that gained the Conference
honors, and returned this season to
serengthen the ranks of the present
Illness Is Costly
Despite this veteran team, the
Maize and Blue have garnered only
one Big Ten victory this year al-
though they have two non-cenfer-
ence victories to their credit. Illness
outdoor Track
Team Favored
In Conference,
Michigan's outdoor track team
moved into the Big Ten Conference
at Evanston this past week-end with
a unique record for its only three
previous appearances outdoors.
Coach Ken Doherty's Wolverines
opened up last in April at the Penn
Relays with "the finest performance
of any Michigan team" in that east-
ern meet. The Maize and Blue relay
teams grabbed two first (two-mile
and sprint medley relays) and two
seconds (distance medley and mile
The second test was a disappoint-
ment. Michigan was spiritless in its
62-60 defeat against an Illinois squad,
even though it took Chuck Pinney's
spill in the low hurdles to change the
picture and give the Illini victory.
Highlights were Ross Hume's 4:19.4
mile, George Kraeger's 44 ft. 111/4 in.
shot put and Michigan's mile relay
victory in 3:19.5.
I4 was a different team that faced
Michigan State and Ohio State a
week later in a triangular meet here.
Michigan piled up 82 points to 411/2
for Ohio State and 281/2 for the
Michigan took six firsts, piling up
itspoints with nine seconds and nine
thirds. Victories were scored by Ross
Hume with a 4:26.7 mile, Bob Uifer
with a 49.5 quarter, Bud Byerly with
a 15.3 in the 120-yard high hurdles,
Chuck Marshall with a 24.4 in the
220-yard lows, Michigan's mile relay
team and Bob Segula and Gene
Moody who tied in the pole vault at
12 feet.
On the basis of its improved per-
formance, Michigan went into the
Conference meet as a favorite to de-
throne Ohio State, with Illinois as
its chief opposition.

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of some of the members of the squad chosen by lowest total score for four
prevented practice many times. John out of five of each squad's members.
Leidy, now stationed in barracks here Individual champion of the Confer-
on campus, can't get to practice as ence is chosen also on the basis of
often as he should. Then bad weather medal play. Lowest card for the 72
has made practice impossible at holes is given the honors. Courtright
times. feels that this year's team is better
The team has plenty of spirit, and in match play than in medal play;
is a fighting outfit. The men have thus, rates their chance only average
practiced in snow storms rain and of repeating last year's performance.
extremely cold weather. After a Smith Leads Team
heart-breaking defeat at the hands Te team composed of Smith Fife,
of Northwestern golfers the Wolver-
ines came back the next week with 'Bonny" Bonisteel, newcomer to
all their determination and whipped this year's team, Marcellus, and Bill
Notre Dame 17-7. aLudolph, member of last year's squad
Fatre Camce1r7Ti7.were in Evanston Friday and played
Fair Chance for Title in Illinois Saturday.
Coach Ray Courtright figures that Team play should be even better
the men have a "fair" chance to re- after these practice sessions that are
tam their Conference title. The Big planned along with the Illini match.
Ten matches are scheduled for May With all the spirit present on the
17-18 at Evanstan's famed Tam team, if Lady Luck will only smile,
O'Shanter course. Michigan will have another Confer-
Teem winner in the contest is ence crown in golf.
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