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Tidt~liY, ARC 1 844

JVj I C, H I G it 17

National AAU Swimming Meet To Offer Galaxy of Stars Despite Absenc

e of Ford

Daily Sports Editor
THE NAAU swimming meet to be
held here this week-end lost a
lot of its expected lustre Sunday
when Yale athletic officials refused
to enter the "Balboa Bullet," Alan
Ford because of a school rule
which forbids the Elis from par-
ticipating in events that would
keep them off campus overnight.
The ruling is not to be confused

with the Navy ruling which limits
the trips of V-12 trainees to 48
hours. The Navy had already indi-
cated that Ford would be able to
make the trip here for Saturday's
events and still be back in New
Haven within .the time limit.
The regulation isn't a new one.
It was put into effect almost a
year ago, and besides drastically
cutting down the number of foes
that Old Eli could meet on the
gridiron last fall, it also caused

the cancellation of a swimming
meet with Navy two weeks ago.
Ford himself will, in our opinion,
suffer most from the action. Swim-
ming in the 100-yard dash against
such top-flight stars as Bill Smith,
Jerry Kerschner and Walt Ris of
Great Lakes, he would undoubtedly
be pushed all the way, forcing him
to give, one of his best performan-
ces, and probably enabling him to
lower his own world mark. When
he tied that record of :49.7 in

Saturday's meet, he led Michigan's
Mert Church, who was second, by
six yards at the finish. With the
competition present here Satur-
day, he would probably blast all
previous marks to smithereens.
But even without Ford the meet
will have more than its share of
the thrills, and even the 100-yard
dash will have a great deal of spec-
tator interest. With only six en-
trants qualifying for the finals in
this event, and such performers as

Smith, Kerschner, RiRs, Ted Robert
and Dobbie Burton of Great Lakes,
Bill Prew, present AAU record hol-
der and now a lieutenant in the
Air Corps, and Mert Church, Ace
Cory and Chuck Fries of Michigan
all striving for places, the slowest
qualifying time will probably be
bordering on 52 seconds..
At least Matt Mann, optimistic
Michigan mentor, is quick to pre-
dict that the first three men to
finish the 100-yard jog will all

finish under Bill Prew's AAUI rec-
ord time of :51.2.
We were talking to Fred De-
Lano, athletic publicity director
for the University, yesterday about
the coming meet, and lIe uncas-
ually pointed out two things that
may be of interest to fa, wishing
to attend.
The first is *that there will be
five finals on each of 1"he two

nigts. with their preliminaries
being held the same afternoon, so
that the card will in reality be
divided up into two meets. The
second is that the proceedings will
get under way Friday night at 8
p.m. and will be over by 9:30 p.m.,
giving Navy trainees who want to
attend plenty of time (15 minutes)
to go out after it is over and get
something to eat, give out with
some scuttlebut and finally get

f.v..finals.on.ea...of . ...t.

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Western Conference S
Prepare for Baseball S


Victory Winds Up '44 Indoor Track Season

)quads Ford Cut Varsity Chances for Firsts Team Balance Responsible
season In Weekend NCAA Swimming Meet For New Record Point Total

While the Michigan baseball squad
continues its daily workouts indYost
Field House under the tutelage of
Coaches Ray Fisher and Bennie Oos-
terbaan, other Western Conference
universities are also well underway
with preparations for the 1944 Big
Ten campaign.
With some of the schools yet to be
heard from, Northwestern's Wildcats,
coached by Wes Fry, loom as one of
the stronger outfits in point of num-
bers. A record turnout of over 100
V-12 and civilian men answered the
opening call for practice to make the
Purple squad the largest in the loop.
Four lettermen and numerous others
*with varsity experience at other col-
leges establish Northwestern as a.
team to be watched.
Badgers, Purdue Look Strong
Wisconsin and Purdue, the only
other schools to be boosted by Navy
material, are also expected to make
strong bids. Purdue has fve mem-
bers of last year's squad returning
along with seven others who have
played in other top-flight amateur
leagues around which to build a title
contender. Wisconsin has no familiar
faces back from last spring's outfit,
but has several boys with experience
on other top amateur teams.
Other Schools Have Small Squads
The picture in the other Big Ten
camps presents a sharp contrast to
this comparative wealth of material
which graces the campuses of these
four schools. Indiana, Iowa, Minne-
sota, Illinois, Ohio State and Chicago
must all depend entirely upon civil-
ian prospects, and small squads are
the rule rather than the exception.
Illinois, Michigan's chief rival for
Big Ten honors during the past sev-
eral seasons, Will not be as strong.
as formerly. However, the Illini did
surprisingly well in both football and

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basketball while relying mainly ontBy HANK MANT bra
freshmen, and will probably put a Shorthanded and after a brilliant
capableteam on the field. stand against top flight opposition,
Indiana Coach Worried the Wolverine swimming team capi-
Indiana Coach Paul Harrell's chief tulated under the onslaught of Yale,
worry seems to be whether he can who was paced by Alan Ford, in the
put nine men on the field. Harrell2
has two returning lettermen for a 21st Annual National Collegiates A.A.
nucleus but a rather small number .last week-end, 39-38.
of boys to fill in the gaps. Ford, who was the only triple
At Iowa, Coach "Waddy" Davis champion at the meet, and became
has taken advantage of the relatively the first man to win a triple title
southerly location of Iowa City and since 1936 when Jack Medica of the
has had his squad of 25 working out- University of Washington performed
doors for the past two weeks. The this same feat. He won the 50 yard
Hawkeyes have fair prospects con- free style, 150 yard backstroke, and
sidering the number of players avail- the century, equaling his .own record
able. time of 49.7 in the latter event. For
Gophers Optimistic his feats, Ford won the American
Up at Minneapolis the Golden Swimming Coaches Association's
Gophers have been hampered con- award as the best college swimmer of
siderably by cold weather, but Coach the year, and it was his firsts that
Dave MacMillan is optimistic over spelled defeat fd the valiant efforts
his team's ability to make a good of Coach Matt Mann's crew.
showing. His main hopes rest in theVarity Gained N - ir


one point which was their margin of
Ind'the first night of competition,
Paul Maloney and John McCarthy
made a good showing in the 1,500
meter race, as they trailed Keo Na-
kama of Ohio State across the finish
line, to gather some valuable points
for Michigan, while Merton Church
and Chuck Fries finished fourth and

start the heats at 2:30 p.m. Friday,I
thesehheats will be started at 3 p.m.
on that particular afternoon, butI
will begin at 2:30 p.m., the regularly
scheduled time, Saturday. The finals
will begin at 8:05 each evening.
Entries for the meet were supposed
to have closed last Friday, but there
are still a few straggling in, and a
complete announcement of the en-
tries will not be forthcoming until
the middle of the week. The entries
already in the fold include 105 con-
testants from different organizations.
Bluejackets Favored
The star-studded and unbeaten
Bluejacket aggregation, composed of
ten men, will be highly favored to
cop the meet. Bill Smith and Jerry
Kerschner will pace the Sailors, as'
they will compete in three events
each: namely, the 100, 220, and 4003
yard free style races.
Although the widely acclaimed
duel in the 100 yard freestyle betweenj
Alan Ford of Yale and Bill Smith, of I
the Sailor squad, will not material-
ize, as Ford can not get permission
from officials to make the trip, this
century dash should still be the high-
light of the entire meet. according to
Coach Matt Mann.
Matt predicts that he thinks at
least three men will break Johnny
Weismuller's mark, set here 16 years
ago, in the finals of the 100 yard
free style, and that one may break
Ford's present world record time of
:49.7. These three men are part of
the Bluejacket squad, and include
Bill Smith, Walter Ris, and Jerry

Michigan's powerful cinder-path
juggernaut proved conclusively by
winning the Purdue Relays Saturday
night that they will long be remem-
bered in Wolverine track annals as
one of the best balanced squads ever
to run for the Maize and Blue.
When Coach Ken Doherty's track-
sters amassed 49 points, twice that
of Purdue, who finished in second
place, they also became the highest
scoring indoor aggregation ever to
represent Michigan. The boys placed
in every event except the 60-yard
dash, grabbing four firsts, three sec-
onds, two thirds and three fourths.
Two-Mile Relay Close
The two-mile relay which Michi-
gan won by just barely beating out
Purdue, was one of the evening's
most thrilling races, when Willie
Glas, Michigan's lead-off man, stum-
bled on the curb of the track but
arose to finish his stretch trailing by
25 yards. Dick Barnard then received
the baton and turned in a brilliant
half mile to close the gap, with Ross
Hume and Bob Ufer running in that
order slowly stretching the lead.
"Alonzo Ufer, who had one of the
most colorful week-ends in his long
record-breaking career, successfully
defended his Knights of Columbus
6030-yard dash trophy at Cleveland
Friday night, and also sparked the
one-mile relay team at Purdue when
he turned in a :50.7 quarter mile.
Swanson Takes Only Individual First
Elmer Swanson took the only indi-
vidual first place when he won the
60-yard high hurdles. He was nosed
out in the lows by his arch-rival,
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Buddy Young of Illinois, and was
thus prevented from scoring a grand
slam as he did in the conference
meet two weeks ago.
The one-mile relay team kept on
Aith their winning ways by romping
through a select field in the fast time
of 3:26.5. The winning combination
of Jim Pierce, Will Glas, Fred Negus
and Ufer sliced one tenth of a second
off their winning time in the confer-
ence meet, and established them-
selves as the outstanding mile quar-
tet in the nation.
Witherspoon Pulls Muscle
Michigan without a doubt would
have scored in the 60-yard dash,
making it a complete Michigan mon-
opoly, had not Julius Witherspoon
pulled a muscle while heading for
the tape. The freshman speedster,
who has been a consistent point-
getter this season, was running sec-
ond when this happened, and# fin-
ished way behind the field.
The thinclads, after practicing and
competing for the last five months,
will enjoy a two-week layoff, with
only a few of the boys working out
three days a week. The squad has
wound up its indoor activities, and
will open the outdoor season April
"Keep A-head of Your Hair"
Our aim is to keep the military
especially well-groomed.
Off State on Liberty

strong arm of ace pitcher Gene Kelly,
number one hurler of last spring.
Ohio State is banking chiefly on
pitcher Don Grate, leading basketball
player of last winter, and one of the
top pitchers in the Big Ten. With
Grate on the mound, the Buckeyes,
defending titlists, may make a strong
bid to regain the championship.
At Chicago, the perenially cellar-
dwelling Maroons appear to be some-
what stronger'than usual and may be
able to fight their way out of last
Hawks, Wings Clash
CHICAGO, March 27. - (AP) - The
Chicago Blackhawks hope to drive
home a decisive blow tomorrow night
against the Detroit Red Wings in the

The Maize and Blue squad did not
garner any first places, but they
placed in most of the events to carry
them close to the winners through-
out the whole meet, which was held
on both Friday and Saturday. At the
end of the first events held, the Wol-,
verines were trailing the Elis by four
points, and they lowered this to the


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fifth, respectively, in the 50 yard
sprint. However, the Wolverines
highly-favored 300 yard medley re-
lay team was beaten out by the U.S.
Naval Academy and Yale, finishing
Varsity Gets Points in 100
On the final night of the meet,
Michigan picked up some points in
the 100-yard free style as Church fi-
nished second, with Fries fourth,
while Paul Maloney placed fourth in
the 440 yard free style final, which
was won by Keo Nakama.
Then, with the Eli leading Michi-
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Swimmers Prepare for NAAU Meet
With the NCAA finals under their
belts, the Wolverine natators will be-
gin preparations for the National A.-
A.U. championships, as they will play
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