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Conference Swimming Crown in Doubt

[MIt Maitr III Defends
1500,-Meter Title' Toni gli

(Today's column was written by Pres Iohnes, Sports Night Editor.)
T LOOKS AS IF the Wizard Oz, Coach Osborne B. Cowles and pres-
ently head basketball coach at Minnesota, may have out-foxed
himself for once, unintentionally of course.
Last spring before the possibility of his going to Minnesota had
been made public, Cowles made up Michigan's basketball schedule
during the regular meeting of the Conference schools.
At the beginning of this season it looked as if Ozzie had been
planning to go to Minnesota all along and made up Michigan's sched-
ule to best favor the Gophers.
He had the Wolverines open on a foreign court and, what's more,
against Minnesota. Immeasurable pressure was obviously on the
Michigan quintet, while the Gophers had the support of the home
crowd and the advantage of being cast in the role of challenger.
The second Conference game was scheduled away from home
too, and before the Maize and Blue team had had a chance to stop
and draw a breath they had lost two contests.
Gophers Had Great Time
Meanwhile the Gophers were having a great time-they hadnt
lost a game--and seemed headed for the blue ribbon.
However, the Gophers ran into some difficulties of their own and
dropped contests to Illinois and.Ohio State, leaving Minnesota's and
Michigan's "lost" columns identical.
Then came the crucial battle between Minnesota ad Michigan
here a couple of weeks ago, the winner of which was still to be given
a chance at taking the crown.
The foxy Cowles did everything he could think of to prepare his
boys, psychologically and mentally it seems, even more than physical-
ly, to wn the game.
He had wrestling mats taken into the locker room so his team
could lie down and relax. Lest they be disturbed he took the telephone
off the hook so it couldn't ring. The climax came when he gave each
one of his men a pair of sunglasses to wear for an hour before the
game so that when they went out on the Michigan floor, which is
reputed to be rather dark, it would seem very light and brilliant.
Minnesota Kept Hopes Alive
Minnesota won the game and so kept alive its hopes of taking
the title. The Michigan schedule seemed to continue to favor the
Gophers as the Wolverines had to journey down to Ohio State. The
Wolverines were completely eliminated from the Conference race as
they lost their ninth out of ten starts against the Buckeyes at Colum-
However, that's where the advantage ends. If Cowles did plan on
giving Michigan a rough time, he undoubtedly didn't figure that Illi-
nois would be in the running for the crown. In fact, the schedule com-
pletely favors the chances of an Illini victory.
Michigan has to travel all the way down to Iowa to play Satur-
day night, and then make the long, tiresome trip back to Ann Arbor
for the Illinois game Monday night.
If it is believable that Ozzie wished to heap misfortune onto the
Wolverines earlier this season, he will be a Michigan fan to the core
this coming Monday night.

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the final
story on the Big Nine Swimming
Championships starting tonight at
Chances are that when Satur-
day night arrives no one will be
quite sure just who is going to win
the Western Conference Swim-
ming Championship.
But if the Wolverines aren't too
far off the pace that late in the
game it could very well be them.I
for that night could be just what
the doctor ordered. Only in the
diving does it look like Michigan
will take it on the nose. The three
meter event has a ticket marked
"OSU" and it doesn't look as if
any one is going to be able to do
anything about it.
Bruce Harlan and Jack Cal-
houn along with Hobie Billings-
ley give Ohio State a trio that
are going to get a pile of points
no matter how you look at it.
Ralph Trimborn and George
Eyster might squeeze into one
of the top slots for Michigan
while Chuck Chelich for North-
western could get close to Har-
lan if he's hitting his dives.
In the 100 yard free style any-
thing can happen. Dick Weinberg
has as good a chance as anybody
to pick up a win here. Iowa's Wal-
ly Ris will probably be favored,
but Ris has been beaten this year
and there's no reason why it
couldn't happen again.
OSU's Hirose swam a dead heat
with Weinberg this year and has
to be given a chance, while Iowa's
Erv Straub and Ed Garst, and
Michigan's Bill Kogen and Dave
Tittle could get something.
BILL SMITH in the 440 yard
free style has pretty well sewed up
the winner's purse. However,
Michigan's Matt Mann III will
fight it out with Northwestern s
Bill Heusner for second while Gus
Stager ought to take a fourth.
The new addition to Confer-
ence Championships, the 150
yard individual medley relay
came along just in time for
Charlie Moss. Although Pur-
due's Keith Carter beat Moss
earlier this year in a dual meet,
it was just by an eyelash and
there is no reason to believe
that Charlie can't take Carter
this time.
OSU's Bob de Groot also figures
to be up in the win, place, or show
money while Iowa's Duane Draves
and Michigan's Sohl and Upthe-

grove could sneak into a point
This whole meet could come
down to the last event still with
no one knowing who the winner
will be. If it does, Michigan could
ask for no better break. The Wol-
verine 400 yard free style relay
team is really hot, turning in a
terrific 3:30.8 last weekend against
Ohio State and clocking just a
couple tenths of a second over
that against Michigan State sev-
eral weeks ago.

Dave Tittle, Bill Kogen. Tom
Coates, and Dick Weinberg are
the four men who make up this
quartet. Iowa also has an excel-
lent relay team while OSU should
grab the third place spot without
any trouble.
A good start tonight when the
1500 meter swim starts the Cham-
pionships and a strong finish when
the final 400 yard relay is run-off
might easily wipe out a lot of
points that will be piled up against
Michigan in between.

jayvee Spark Plug Good Bet
For Next Year's Varsity Fire

A good bet to fill one of the va-
cant spots on next year's varsity
seems to be Bill Eggenberger, out-
standing center on this year's jay-
vee five.
This season Bill has been the
scoring punch of J. T. White's
Jayvee quintet. In eight encoun-
ters he has averaged nearly ten
points per game. Besides his scor-
ing prowess his fine floor game
has helped the jayvees rack up
five wins in their eight game
FOR THE PAST few weeks Eg-
genberger has been working out
with the varsity during practice
sessions. Bill and jayvee forward
Jerry Burns have taken the places
vacated by Chuck Ortmann and
Dick Rifenberg.
Coach Ernie McCoy has used
him almost exclusively on de-
fense in an attempt to sharpen
the offensive tactics of the var-
sity starters.
During these practice sessions
Eggenberger has been playing for-
ward most of the time since that
is the positionthe is likely to fill
on next year's varsity. Bill turns
in as good a performance at for-
ward as he does in his accustomed
place at center.
poor eyes, unbelievable as it may
seem considering his scoring pow-
ers from both the floor and the
foul line.
Bill has not worn his glasses
while playing because of the
difficulty of keeping them on
during a game. Last week he
started wearing contact lenses.
lie says it is too early to notice
any definite results since it
takes quite a while to get used
to wearing them.

A native of Detroit, Eggenberger
played basketball at Mackenzie
High School and as a senior was
named to the center position of
the 1946 Detroit all city team.
Although Bill is a junior in lit.
school taking a pre-law course.
due to a mix up of credits he still
has two years of eligibility left.

SEEKS NO. 17 - Swimming
Coach Matt Mann will be seek-
ing his seventeenth Western
Conference. championship this
weekend in 24 years of coaching
at Michigan. The genial mentor
whose tankmen have turned in
176 dual meet wins against only
19 losses and three ties during
his long tenure here hasn't seen
his teams finish lower than sec-
ond in a Big Nine meet since
1923, Mann's first year as coach.
The Wolverines will enter the
meet as cofavorites with Ohio

Four men will carry Michigan's
hopes for a successful defense of
their Western Conference swim-
ming title into Purdue's Field-
house pool tonight.
Led by Con'ference champion,
Matt Mann III, a Wolverine dele-
ration including Gus Stager.
Johnny McCarthy and Bob Wag-
ner will take to the water for the
1.500-meters free style.
favorite with Olympic swimmer
Bill Heusner of Northwestern as
the three-day meet gets underway
at 8:30 p.m. EST.
Stager will rank third in the
field, according to past per-
formances, while McCarthy is
expected to fight it out with
Bunny Nakama of Ohio State
and Mike Kosmetos of Purdue
for the other two places.
Ohio State enters the meet as a
slight favorite tonight with Mich-
igan picked for second and Iowa,
enjoying the position of the meet's
"dark horse, picked for third."

Conference backstroke champ
Harry Huliclday. and diver
Evans from the squad that cd
the Buckeyes by three points
the title last season, while
Buckeyes have lost only one z
of any importance, diver Mi
'While Jack Calhoun has al
filled Anderson's shoes for t
Bucks, Michigan has beent
able to find anyone to coati
Holiday and has only partial
taken up the slack left 1
Evans' departure.
Should divers Ralph Trimb
and George Eyster crack the 0
diving dynasty then the Wolv
ines can repeat as champions;
they fail the Conference title
go back to Columbus.
The Michigan cause is not
tirely hopeless though with ]
ster and Trimborn both rated
fair bets to get into the scor
The Wolverines are also hop
for extra help from diver Chi
Chelich of Northwestern v
stands a chance to whip Calht
in the battle for second place.

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Intramural News'

Fraternity "A" Basketball
Beta . heta Pi a5, Delta Kap-
pa Epsilon 34
Fraternity "B" Basketball
Phi Delta Theta 43, Delta Tau
Delta 21
Delta Upsilon 58, Delta Kappa
Epsilon 11
Sigma Phi Epsilon 29, Alpha
Tau Omega 18
Phi Gamma Delta 17, Chi
p s i 1A,
Lambda Chi Alpha 30', Zeta

1 -1

Beta Tau 26
Alpha Delta Phi 28, Theta
Delta Chi 19
Theta Chi defeated Phi Kap-
pa Sigma (forfeit)
Acacia defeated Sigma Alpha
Epsilon (forfeit)


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