WEDNESDA, MAUCR 28;'5 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Entered in Annual NCAA Meet
To Vie in Eleven Events
Wolverine's Mert Church, Heini Kessler
Will Struggle Against Stiff Competition
By HANK KEISER
Fourteen eastern and midwestern schools hale signed up for the 22nd
annual NCAA swimming championships scheduled for this Friday and
Saturday at Michigan's Varsity Pool.
Wolverine coach, Matt Mann, host of the meet, announced that a total
of 65 athletes will represent these colleges and universities in the nine
racing and two diving events on the card.
According to all advanced reports,
Columbia University promises to be
one of the top contenders for na-
tional honors. Star of the Lions'
squad is Gene Rogers, expert free-,
styler and defender of the 220-yard
crown in that division.
Rogers, who has been tagged "the
one man team," has been practicing
consistently in the shorter distance
runs and will clash with Maize and
Blue captain, Mert Church, in the.
100 yard encounter.
In last year's meet theversatile
Columbian, lost the 440-yard tilt by
inches to Ohio State's Keo Nakama,
in the Yale pool. The outcome of
the coming battle between these two
long distance charges poses one of
the big question marks of the multi-
Ralph Riehl Chief Foe
Roger's principal competition in
the 220, this season, will come from
Ralph Riehl, captain of, the well-
balanced Cornell aggregation. Riehl
has proven himself to be~ one of the
East's best men in this division and
has recorded a series of exceedingly
Milford Maloney of Canisius Col-
lege and Buckeye Rudy Schlanger,
New York metropolitan titlist, are
also rated as outstanding in this
Attention will also be focused on
the 300-yard medley relay, which is
shaping up as a three-cornered battle
between Michigan,. Cornell and Ohio
State. The Wolverines are conceded
slight edge even though Bob Mow-
BEAR MOUNTAIN, N. Y., March
27-(IP)-Baseball's feuding Hatfields
and McCoys, Brooklyn and New York
Giants, will have one thing in com-
mon this season-they'll both be
rooting for a Lombardi.
Ernie, of the Giants, is starting his
15th year in the big show. Vic, of the
Dodgers, will be making his big league
bow. Appropriately enough, Brook-
lyn's Lombardi is the exact counter-
part of the Giants', with the single
exception that they both hail from
California-Ernie from Oakland and
Vic from Reedley.
The 36-year-old, 225-pound right-
handed Ernie is a six-foot two-inch
catcher, noted for his astonishing'
lack of speed. The 22-year-old, 150-
pound.left handed Vic is a five-foot
seven-inch pitcher, with a reputation
for being amazingly swift-on the
Tickets for the NCAA meet Fri-
day and Saturday are on sale at
the ticket office, $.25 for after-
noons, $1 for nights.
erson, who has been swimming the
freestyle anchor leg throughout the
season, will be unable to compete
due to inter-collegiate regulations.
200 Yard Breaststroke-Keen!
Pre-meet dopesters anticipate hotI
competition in the 150 backstroke,
200 breaststroke, and 400-yard free-
style relay races. Heini Kessler,
Maize and Blue veteran, and Vern
Ojampa of Minnesota, co-holders of
the Big Ten breaststroke title, will
be faced by Paul Murray, who will be
carrying the flag of Cornell.
Murray's time in this tilt is over
seven seconds faster than that re-
corded by the Conference winners in
their title race.
Michigan's undefeated freestyle re-
lay crew, which rode roughshod over
all Big Tn opponents, are priming for
their toughest clash of the year. Cap-
tain Church, Chuck Fries, Gordon
Pulford, and Bob Breen constitute the.
Wolverine's probable starting lineup.
Pull Curtains in
I-M Comp etton'
Two service teams, Naval Supply
and the Rangers, will meet at 1 :30
P. m. Satufday, at Waterman Gym
in the finals of the winter-long I-M
basketball play to determine the top
team from four participating leagues.
The Naval Supply quintet tripped
Sigma Phi Epsilon, 32-27, to gain a
place in the playoffs, while the Rang-
ers upset the favored Golden Bears,
34-29, to qualify for the other berth.
Howard Leibee, director of the
tournament, announced that mem-
bers of the winning team would re-
ceive miniature gold basketballs atI
the conclusion of play.
Leibee also announced that plans
are being made for the formation of
several softball leagues as soon as
the basketball tourney is out of the
way. It is hoped that sufficient en-
tries will be found for a Service, In-I
dependent, and Fraternity League.
Competition in tennis will also beI
offered if enough students show in-
terest. All male students interested
in either softball or tennis should
contact either Mr. Leibee at Water-
man Gym or Earl Riskey, telephone
'CHICAGO, Mar. 27-(A)-A Judge's
last minute effort to reconcile Sgt.
Joe Louis, heavyweight boxing cham-
pion, and his wife, Marva, 29, failed
today and she was granted a divorce,
custody of their daughter, Jacqueline,,
2, a property settlement and $2001
_monthly support for the child.
Ties Record in
Goes Distance in 1:58
To End Indoor Season
Bob Thomason, promising 16-year
old trackman who became the young-
est varsity competitor in Michigan
athletic history, added the freshman
half-mile record to his laurels yes-
terday, as he toured the Yost Field
House track in 1:58 to tie the mark
set by John Purdue in 1941.
The budding Asbury Park, N. J.
cinder star had a new record in his
grasp as he ran the first quarter in
:57, but faltered slightly on the last
lap. He was paced by Archie Par-
sons and George Vetter, two top Wol-
verine distance runners.
Thomason's individual effort wrote
finis to Michigan 1945 indoor track
season. The thinclads now face a
week's layoff, after which they wil
go back into training for the com-
Penn Relays ;first on List
First scheduled meet for the out-
door squad is the Penn Relays, an-
nual Eastern cinder attraction, tc
which Coach Ken Doherty is expected
to send a sizeable contingent.
!Following the Penn Relays, th
Wolverineswill compete in four othen
meets including the Western Con.
ference finale at Champaign, Ill. The
complete schedule follows:
April 28-Penn Relaiys at Phila-
May 5-Quadrangular meet with
Purdue, Minnesota, and Western
Michigan at ,Purdue.
May 12-Triangular meet with
Illinois and Ohio State at Ann Ar-
May 19-Purdue at Ann Arbor.
May 26-Western Conference
Meet at Champaign, Ill.
Nakami Will Not Compe
Kco Nakama, Ohio State, long dis-
tance flash will be unable to compet
in the NCAAs, due to intercollegiate
ruling. Nakama is current holder o
the Conference 220 and 440 crown
With Four Veteran
Weir Defends Title
By DAVE LOEWENBERG
Associate Sports Editor
With the official opening of the
Big Ten tennis season less than a
month away, Michigan's net squad is
settling down to serious work in
hopes of successfully defending their
1944 conference title.
Coach Leroy Weir announced the
schedule as follows:
April 21-Purdue here.
April 26-Wayne here.
April 28-Illinois away.
May 5-Notre Dame here.
May 8-Western Michigan here
May12-Wisconsin and Minne-
sota at Evanston.
May 19-Northwestern and Ohio
State at Columbus.
May 26-Conference Champion-
ship at Evanston.
Four veterans from last year, Cap-
tain-elect Roger Lewis, Jinx John-
son, Dave Post. and RoyCBoucher will
form the nucleus of Coach Weir's
Last season Lewis and Post snared
Big Ten titles in the number five and
six brackets respectively while Bou-
cher teamed with Merle Gulic to cap-
ture the number three doubles crown.
Three of the six starters from last
season, Gulic, Jim Frolik, and Bill
Ford have bebn transferred to ad-
vanced military training. At present
Coach Weir is occupied with the
formidable task of finding replace-
ments for this trio.
Heading the list of prospective
candidates are two Ohio boys, Jack
Hirsch and Gordon Nauggle and
a third, Bill Haynes from Grand
Outdoor practice is expected to
commence in a week, barring inter-
ference from the weather man. All
of the workouts have been held in
the Sports Building and it is difficult
to evaluate a person's ability on an
indoor court, especially if that indi-
vidual is not accustomed to perform-
DYork Sins Up
eTo Round Out
EVANSVILLE, Ind., Mar. 27-(I)-
Rudy York, newly arrived Detroit Ti-
ger first baseman, was the first man
in the batters cage for today's lengthy
hitting drill. In his first six swings he
sent one ball fairly foul, yards over
the left field fence, 334 feet away and
bounced another off the bricks.
York arrived in training camp late
last night and signed his 1945 con-
tract after a brief session this morn-
ing with general manager Jack Zel-
The big veteran reported in at a
e trim 190 pounds-19 pounds under his
- program weight, and seemed in first
e The Tigers varsity infield today,
f with Jimmy (Skeeter) Webb in Meri-
dian, Miss., to attend his sister's fu-
. neral, was Don Ross at third, Joe
Hoover at short, Eddie Mayo at sec-
ond and York at first. Ross contin-
ued to impress with his expert field-
ing and bullseye throwing.
Besides York, other sharp hitters
today included outfielder Johnny
McHale, Mayo, Hoover and catcher
Manager Steve O'Neill called off
an intra squad practice game orig-
inally planned for Wednesday and
prescribedadditional batting and
"We can keep more fellows busy
working this way," O'Neill said this
afternoon. "We'll figure on more
practice games Saturday and Sun-
days and through next week."
Aggies Capture Tide
NEW YORK, March 27-(/P)-The
Oklahoma Aggies won their first Na-
tional Collegiate A. A. basketball
championship tonight, defeating New
York University 49 to 45, with seven-
foot Bob Kurland racking up 22
points before 18,779 fans at Madison
ILL WIND BLOWS:
Pitchers Aided by Weather
As Wind Limits Base Hits
Six pitchers paraded to the mound
during a baseball practice which saw
a fair fielding display but a poor
hitting exhibition yesterday at Ferry
The batters were hampered by a
wind which blew plateward, however,
and the possibility of any kind of long
hitting was practically eliminated.
For these reasons coach Ray Fisher
seemed unworried about the meager
production of solid base knocks.
The starting pitchers were Bo Bow-
man and George Supp. Bowman gave
his usual efficient exhibition, while
Supp, who has pitched only a few
innings during practice, also turned
in a very creditable performance, ac-
cording to Fisher.
These two were' followed to the
mound by "Red" Louthen and Jack
Hackstadt. Hackstadt worked out at
first during the earlier innings. Jack
To Be Revised
Seven Changes Made
By Joint Coinittee
Markward and Tom Rosema finished
the game for Coach Fisher. Mark-
ward, who turned in such a good
performance Tuesday, showed that
he had not had any rest, but managed
to do a competent job. He will not
be available for service today.
Coach Fisher announced that he is
trying to schedule a game with some
nearby squad for the end of this
week, depending on whether the
weather holds to its c rrent even
keel. Fisher wants to let his team
"get the feel 'of playing somebody
they don't know."
Meanwhile, the first and third base
positions remain wide open to all can-
didates. Fisher has no player at
either position who "could be termed
a first-stringer", but he is still trying -
GIVE! to the RED CROSS
WHEN YOU'RE HELPING 'ROUND
NEW YORK, Mar. 27---(/P)--The I
National Basketball Committee of the
United States and Canada today
made seven minor changes in the
basketball playing code and referred
several other proposals to commit-
tees for experimentation.
The committee, representing the
National Collegiate A. A., the Na-
tional High School Federation, the
Y. M. C. A., and Canadian basketball
governing bodies, failed, however, to
find a definite solution to problems
arising from abuses of the free-sub-
stitution rule which it passed a year
In an effort to limit delaying,
the rule calling for the cancellation
of a time-out when the team that
calls time sends a substitute into the
game within 30 seconds, was elimi-
Other changes included liberalizing
the rule on touching the basket by
the offensive team, revision of the
section on delaying the game, mak-
ing a definite rule on "screening"
where various interpretations of ex-
isting rules had been followed.
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