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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PA C, E TIYItEE

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Buckeyes Br
To I-M Pool
By DICK HURST
That man is here again.
William "the whale" Smith,
OSU's renowned and perennial
middle distance swimmer, will toss
his 6 ft. lin., 215 pound hulk into
thcl I-M Pool Saturday afternoon
when the Buckeyes meet the Wol-
verines in what should be one ter-
6ific dog fight of a swimming
meet.
SMITH IS PROBABLY the
world's greatest middle distance
swimmer. He holds every world
record in free style events, be-
tween 220 and 880 yards. He has
won 23 national championships
since he began competing in 1941

BILL SMITH
. flyin' Hawaiian

ing 'Whale'
Saturday
and last year he captured both
,he 220 and 440 yard title in the
,1CAA and AAU meets.
Lots of people have been
worried about the big Hawaiian.
Last year about NCAA time
critics were ;yelling that he was
'washed up," that the "whale"
had too much blubber growing
around his ribs, but he really
fooled them, winning both his
specialties.
Last summer he landed an
Olympic berth and took the 400
meter race whipping France's Alexj
Jany and America's Jimmy Mc-
Lane in the Olympic record time
of 4:41. He then anchored the
800 meter American relay team
to a world record of 8:46, Bill
covering the 200 meters in 2:09.
*~ *. *
BACK IN 1944 Smith set the
standing world marks in the 200
meter and 220 yard free style
events when he went the short
course distances in 2:06.2 and
2:07.1.
That was five years ago.
Three years before that Smith
set the 400 meter and 440 yard
marks with performances of
4:38.5. The boy's been in the
swimming business a long time.
Billy is better known among the
swimmers as "Lala" from the Ha-
waiian meaning "crazy" (spelled
and translated by one of the Mich-
igan swimming team).
HE HOLDS BOTH pool records
here for the 100 and 220 yard
free style events. A fine champion,
he is also nnPeof Sximri' mn

By HERB MUNZEL
Possessing the enviable record
of 19 victories in 22 dual meet
bouts for Michigan, Bob Betzig is
one of the brightest spots in the
Wolverine wrestling picture,
He has defeated ail nut one of
his Big Nine opponents in his first
two seasons here, his other two
losses being to M.S.C. Spartan
Gale Mikles is the only man to

hold two victories over the Michi-
gan captain.
OF HIS 19 wins here, 15 have
been by pins, but Bob doesn't set-
tle for just one pin in a contest.
In last year's Northwestern match,
he pinned his man in 1:44 of the
second period only to come back
in the final round with another
fall.
Then there was the time in
last season's Conference meet
that he pinned Ken Marlin of
the Illini three times in one
bout and still didn't win. The
jacknife cradle hold, which he
used to accomplish this feat
and which he uses to gain many
of his pins, was declared illegal
and the bout was awarded to
Marlin.
In the 1947 Conference cham-
pionships, Bob gained a fall in
the preliminaries, lost to Dave
Shapiro in the finals, and added
another fall in a consolation
match.
* I *
THE SAME JINX held in the
meet of last year, as the Wolver-
ine captain pinned Iowa's Carl-
son in the prelims before losing to
Marlin.
Whether tre Michigan mat
squad comes' out on top of a

meet or not, it is usually Bet-
zig who provides the spark for
his team and he is always a
leader. He has been elected
captain two years in a row, the
second man in Michigan's
u r tliiug history to wt so lion-
oled.
Despite all his success, Betzig
is still modest and unassuming,
except, that is, when he gets on
the mat. There he works with
aggressiveness and almost clock-
like precision, which more than
pays oft',

PIN WHEEL!
Betzig Continues To Shine for Matmen

AP SPORT FLASHES
NEW YORK-(P)-The Boston Pendleton was purchased from
Bruins strengthened their hold on the Chicago Giants of the Negro
second place in the National American League, where he batted
Hockey League last night by .340 last year,
whipping the hapless New York Only the Cleveland Indians,
Rangers, 3-2, before 11,146 fans in with 12, have title to more Negro
Madison Square Garden. players in their organization than
BROOKLYN--(/P)-The Brook- the Dodgers.
lyn Dodgers added the 11th Negro * * *
baseball player to their organiza- EAST LANSING-(')-Michi-
tion yesterday when they signed gan State tried desperately to win
James Edward Pendleton, 23-year a game for its retiring basketball
old righthanded hitting short- coach, Ben Van Alstyne, last
stop. The player was assigned to night, but couldn't quite made the
+ Paul of the American Associ- grade and bowed to Notre Dame
ation. 43 to 41I.

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Intramural News
There will be an added feature S. A. M. 34, Phi Gam 30
in the Michigan-OSU track meet Sigma Phi 51, T. K. E. 24
Friday night, as four fraternity Sigma Chi 27, Kappa Sig 22
relay squads hit the cinders in Delta T. D. 33, Zeta Psi 32
the annual IM 880 relay contest. Alpha Delt 55, Tau Delt 15
The four teams who qualified Delta Chi 35, Kappa Np 11
in the trials last night were Beta Sigma Nu 34, P. Kappa Sig. 18
heta Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Delta Residence Hall
Upsilon, and Sigma Phi Epsilon.' Paddleball
The Betas were first, running a Vaughan 3, Anderson 0
1:43.2 half-mile. Second were the Hinsdale 3, Strauss 0
Phi Delts who nosed out the DU's Williams 2, Winchell 1
by one-tenth of a second in the Faculty Volleyball
closest race of the evening. Mathematics 3, Public Health 0
The Sig Ep's, running in an- Army 3, English 0
other :heat, tied the third place Aero Engineers 2, Navy 1
time of 1:43.9 set by the DU's. Law 3, Phy. Engtneers 0
Fraternity "A" Basketball INDEPENDENT BASKETBALL
Theta Chi 30, Theta Xi 19 Lazy Aces 52, Mich. Co-Op 10.
Delta U. 38, Z. B. T. 17 Turks 23, Chinese 14.
Acacia 31, Triangle 24 Filipinos 55, Indians 3.
Alpha Sig 22, Trigon 20 FRATERNITY "B" BASKETBALL
Chi Psi 49, A. T. 0. 18 Phi Sigma D 1, Kappa Nu 0
Psi U. 40, Lambda Chi 14 (forfeit).
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Ihe UUe iivr f W11r1r11ki .11 s mosL If the Michigan cagers are to
opular winners. Not only do the
ans cheer him but even his op- stop Ohio State Saturday night,
onents have gotten into the habit they'll have to stop three of the
f applauding his performances, most prolific scorers and accurate
His versatility is amazing, marksmen to be found in the Big
During the war he even swam Nine.
the back stroke leg of the med- Cnerg
ley relay team for Great Lakes. Center Bob Raidiger and for-
During this same tour of duty wairds Dick Schnittker and Bob
he became the only man to win Donham have (lumped a total of
six gold medals in a NAAUJ 338 points in 11 games, and all
meet. l-have ldit for two-pointers on over
At that meet he won the 100, 30 per Cent of their shots.
20 and 440 yard free style events, , ot
inchored the 400 yard relay team, RAIDIGER'S .351 ranks second.
ed off the medley relay team with in the Conference, just eight per-
is back stroke stint, and was high centage points behind Minnesota's
point man of the meet. Jim McIntyre, while Schnittkerl
And he hasn't lost his touch. and Donham have marks of .3311
[wo weeks ago the big boy beat and .302, respectively.
Wally Ris in the 100 yard free
tyle, besides taking care of the The Buckeye center's 163
irst place points in the 220 and markers is tops for the Ohio
140 yard free style events. Inci- quintet, and is good enough to
ientally, Ris is the Olympic chain- place the Ohio pivotman in a
pion at 100 meters. second-place tie, with Purdue's
So the "Whale" will be here Howie Williams.
Saturday afternoon to see if he But for the fact that he missed
an have the whale of a time he's two Conference contests, Schnitt-
accustomed to when he runs into ker, who last year led the Bucks
Michigan's sprint star, Dick Wein- in scoring, would in all likelihood
berg, and middle distance star, be giving his teammate and Mr.
Matt Mann III. Williams a run for their money
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in the race for Conference scoi-
ing honors.
IN HIS NINE starts to date. the
six-foot five-inch forward has
sunk 42 shots from the floor and
a similar number of free throws
for a total of 126 points, or :gi
average of 14 points per ao: . I
As it is, he's now holkiinl dowi
the t""b"r "i"ne slat ir kthe
race.
Donhaui ,standing six - feat -
three-inches, is the "sirimp" ofI
the three, both in sie and Scof-
ing.
He's used much as is Minne-
sota's Grant: setting up the ball
for the other two front men and
taking shots when the opposition
assigns an extra guard to take
care of one of his mates.
He's still managed to sink 30.2
per cent of his throws, and has
contributed 99 points to the
Buckeye total.j

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