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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wolverine

Swimming,

Golf Squa

Favored aTnk Team
Captures Crown Easily
Star-Studded Great Lakes Array Hands Squad
Two Successive Defeats; Smith Wins Medal

ids Are .
Track Squad
Impressive in
Big Ten Meets
(Continued from Page 1)
scoring 75% points to second place

Johnny Jenswold Paces.
Golfers to Eighth Crown

Big

By HANK MANTHO
Daily Sports Editor
Michigan's vaunted swtmming
team amassed a staggering 72 point
total to dethrone Ohio State: as Big
Ten champions in a meet held at
Patten Gymnasium, winning five out
of the nine events and placing heav-
ily in the runner-up positions to
chalk up their 14th title in 19 years,
which enabled the mermen to keep
pace with the other varsity squads
gaining Conference championships.
The Wolverines were .heavy! favor-
ites to win and there was little doubt
as to the final outcome when they
placed heavily in the preliminaries,
qualifying men in every event except,
fancy diving.
Wildcats Come in Second
Northwestern was the only team
figured to press Michigan and they
came in second with 42 points, being
paced by Bob Tribble, John. Walsh
and James Gamble. Minnesota fin-
ished third with 18 points and Pur-
due came in fourth with 17 points.
The Michigan tankmen started
their season by dominating the 1944
edition of the Michigan AAU swim-
ming and diving championship as
they placed in every event and won
the freestyle, breaststroke, relay and
distance affairs.
Michigan opened its Conference
competition by defeating Northwes-
tern in their lair, 46-38. The Maize
and Blue performers won five of nine
first places and clinched victory by
winning the last two events on the
card, the 440 yard freestyle and the
400 yard relay.
However, Coach Matt Mann's char-'
ges were not so lucky the following
night and a star-studded Great Lakes
aggregation swamped Michigan, 60-
24, to administer one of the worst
defeats ever suffered by a Wolverine
swimming team.
The only first place the Wolverines
Were able to salvage in this match
was Heini Kessler's win in the breast-
stroke event, as Bill Smith of the
Sailors demonstrated his champion-
ship caliber'by winning the 220 and
440-yard freestyle events easily and
finishing second to Carl Ahlman of'
Great Lakes. in the 150-yard back-
stroke.
In a return engagement with the

Sailors, Michigan was handed its'
second straight defeat, 48-36, and
this marked the third time that a
Mann coached team lost two dual
meets in one season.
Smith Sets Fast Tempo
Great Lakes was again paced by
Bill Smith, world's fastest swimmer,
who unofficially broke two world's
records and came within one-tenth
of a second of a third, as the Wol-
verine swimmers registered only two
firsts.
*Smith came within one-tenth of a
second of his own record by captur-
~ ~ ~

61

ACE SWIMMER--Heinie Kessler, former breastroker with the Wolver-
ines, and who is now performing under the banners of Great Lakes and
winning himself much renown. Heinie distinguished himself last year
by winning firsts in each of the two meets against Great Lakes.
RIGHT ON TOP:
Michigan Hockey Team Has
Successful Year in Dual Meets

MATT MANN
ing the"220 in 2:07.8. On the way to
victory, the Hawaiian ace broke his
own world's 200-yard record in the
fast time of 1:55. He also broke Wal-
ter Spence's 150 yard record of 1:23.8.
The Wolverines again hit the vic-
tory trail when they defeated Pur-
due, 63-21, and Ohio State, 57-26, on
successive Saturdays. Michigan was
not pressed in either encounter and
they shut the Boilermakers out with
only one first, that being in the div-
ing event, which was won by Claude
Bower, 17-year old freshman V-12:
transfer.
As the Buckeyes absorbed one of
(Continued on Page 4)

By ROGER GOELZ
The University of Michigan's 1944
hockey team playing what might
have been its last regularly scheduled
season for the duration turned in an
enviable record of five victories as
against three defeats, amassing a
total of 39 points to the opposition's
31.
Although this year's competition
was against Canadian amateur
teams, since all Big Ten schools ex-
cepting Minnesota have dropped
hockey from their list of competitive
sports, the Wolverines of Coach Ed-
ward Lowrey defeated such strong
hockey outfits as the Detroit Vickers
Club, the Brantford, Ont. sextet, the
Paris, Ont. team, and a strong team
from the Fingal Canadian Royal
Air Force. The Michigan team lost
only to the Detroit Vickers Club. a
powerful London, Ont. hockey or-
ganization and the Woodstock Can-
adian Army post.
Abbey Stars
The 1944 Michigan team under the
leadership of Captain Robert Derleth
included such veterans as Vince Ab-
bey, formerly of the University of
Washington, defenseman Ted Greer
of the Naval ROTC, center Dick
1 Mixer and wingman John Jenswold.

Vince Abbey deserves special mention
for his outstanding defense work,
breaking up many an opposition play
before it reached the Michigan ice.
If the 1945 Michigan hockey squad
becomes a reality it will be one of the
strongest sextets ever to take the ice
for Michigan. The team will be com-
posed almost entirely of returning
veterans. The new Wolverine hockey
mentor replacing Coach Lowrey, who
recently received his release from
Athletic Director Herbert "Fritz"
Crisler, can be certain of the services
of veteran Dick Mixer in holding
down the Wolverine goal net. Other
returning veterans include Ted
Greer, John Jenswold and Herb Up-
ton, two crack Wolverine wingmen,
Bob Henderson and Tom Messenger,
outstanding on defense for the Wol-
verines in the last season.
If the 1945 Michigan hockey team
can find opposition for the coming
season it will be one of the few
organizations on this or any other
campuA that has not been hit by the
manpower shortage. Therefore if,
and when, the 1945 Wolverine hockey
squad takes to the ice its supporters
can expect the squad to uphold. the
traditions of its predecessors on the
ice of the Michigan rink.

Illinois with 401/. Nineteen members
of the Wolverines 23 man squad fig-
ured in the scoring. Michigan cap-
tured six first places and tied for
another. Swanson high-stepped his
way to a victory in both hurdle
events, the Humes won the mile and
two-mile. Ufer the 440. Dale tied for
the highjump, and the mile relay
squad was victorious.
Win Purdue Relays
Coach Doherty's charges complet-
ed their indoor season by performing
well at the Chicago Relays and by
winning the Purdue Relays.
After a two weeks rest, the squad
started off the outdoor campaign
with a bang, when they stole the
show at the Penn Relays by taking
firsts in the four-mile relay and dis-
tance medley and thirds in the mile
and two mile relay. Eight men com-
peted in the four relay events: Ufer,
the Humes, Dick Barnard, John Pur-
due, Will Glas, Fred Negus and Jim
Pierce.
One of the most exciting track
meets was held at Michigan on May
13 when the Wolverines played host
to Illinois and Purdue. Illinois paced
by their two colored stars, Buddy
Young and Bob Kelley, was expected
to give the Wolverines a lot of trou-
ble. However, Michigan's old reliable
team balance was too much for the
visitors, and the Wolverines tallied
71 points to 54 for Illinois and 27 for
Purdue.
The thinclads tuned up for the Big
Ten meet by winning a quadrangular
meet against Purdue, Northwestern
and Western Michigan by scoring
62 7-12 points. It was in this meet
that the squad lost Ufer.
In one of the most closely con-
tested Big Ten meets, the Wolverines
edged out Illinois 70 to 58 1-10. With
three events yet to go Michigan .was
ahead 52%/ to 51%, and it was only
through team balance that Coach
Doherty's men forged ahead. The
thinclads took three firsts and tied
for a fourth.
Following the close of the Big Ten
season, some of the Michigan stars
competed in outside meets to bring
down the curtain on one of the most
successful Wolverine track seasons.
The Hume twins went to Great Lakes
to compete in the Central Collegiate
Conference track and field meet.

By BOB CLINTON n
One of the strongest and most
powerful Wolverine golf squads since
the days of Johnny Fisher and Chuck
Kocsis brought home the Big Ten
championship for the third year in
a row.
This also marked the eighth time
the Wolverines have garnered top
honors in the Western Conference, a
record that is. unequalled.
The conference sweepstakes were
held over the Medinah Country Club
course at Chicago. Led by Johnny
Jenswold, a V-12 trainee from Du-
luth, Minn., the linksmen rolled to an
easy 27-stroke victory over Purdue.
Jenswold set a torrid pace in the
first round play, firing a 72 to gain
a five-stroke lead over teammate
Jack Tews.
Jenswold Leads
Jenswold faltered to an 81 in the
afternoon, but his 153 total for 36
holes was goodhenough tocapture
individual honors. Phil Marcellus,
who was last year's captain, carded a
155, for runner-up honors. Close be-
hind was Tews who had a 156 total.
Completing the Wolverine quartet
was Tom Messinger, who fired a 159.
Paul O'Hara was the fifth Wolverine
golfer to enter the matches, but his
160 was not good enough to make
the select Wolverine foursome, al-
though it was better than several of
the other linksmen. Michigan's team
total was 623 as compared to Pur-
due's 650.
Win Six of Eight
The overwhelming victory in the
Western Conference meet climaxed
a season in which Coach Ray Court-
right's charges won six of eight dual
matches. Early in the season, the
Wolverine practice sessions were
hampered by rain and it wasn't until
late in the schedule that the golfers
obtained the fine coordination they
displayed at the Big Ten matches.
The first match of the season was
against the University of Detroit Ti-
tans, and the Wolverines walked off
the greens with an overwhelming
18-0 win. The very next day, the
linksmen played host to a foursome
from Northwestern, and promptly
set them back, 13-8.
Lost to O.S.U.
The Maize and Blue golfers jour-

RAY COURTHRIGHT
was a moral triumph because Coach
Courtright's men avenged the prev-
ious Ohio State defeat when they
whipped the Buckeyes, 16-2. The
reserves easily trimmed Western
Michigan, 161/2-1%/2. The last match
before the Big Ten title was against
U. of D., and Michigan won easily,
171/2-1/2.
Third in N.C.A.A.
One month after the close of the
season, Coach Courtright took six
players to the NCAA golf champion-
ships held over the Inverness Coun-
try Club course at Toledo, O. The
top four Wolverine golfers finished
third in team play at this tourna-
ment.
Jenswold, although firing a high
82 in the opening round, turned out
to be the Wolverines' individual star
at the tourney.

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