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THE MICHIGAN DAILY.-

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atators

Look for cure of uckeyitis

* * *

ike Second in Big Ten,
urth in NCAA Meet
Neisch To Captain Squad, Swim Sprints;
Tankmen Lose Mann, Stager in Distances

Champion Golfers
Return to Line-up
Evans, Lind, Olson Spearhead Team,
Aim for Seventh Title in 10 Years

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By GEORGE FLINT
/att Mann's swimmers were
>ng the several victims of a
ous disease called Buckeyitis
winter.
'or the Michigan natators, as
many athletic teams, nemesis
spelled O-H-I-O S-T-A-T-E
season, as the Buckeyes cap-
ed both the Big Ten and NCAA
rn meets. The Wolverines fin-
ed second in the Conference
nival, but tumbled to fourth
NCAA competition.
* * * .
'HERE WERE bright spots in
Wolverine picture, though. On-
two dual meet losses marred
eason which included wins over
a, Purdue, Minnesota, and
thwestern.
Last season's graduating stars
cluded the brilliant distance
ndem, Matt Mann III and Gus
ager; Charlie Moss, an Amer-
in record-holder in the breast-
roke, and sprint star Dave
ttle.
Mann and Stager former the
st consistent point-making ma-
me for the Maize and Blue.
ie had a top time of 4:48 in
440 and 2:11.4 in the 220,
le the reliable Stager steamed
a 4:50.5 in the conference 440
1 had a 2:12 furlong time to
credit.
/oss, versatile string bean from
st Virginia, holds the Ameri-
20-yard course record for the
-yard breaststroke, a 2:00.4 ef-
t established in Detroit last
ruary. Moss was also the
n's top individual medley man,
ing won the event in the Con-
mce -meet in 1:21.7.
'ITTLE, WHO performed on
,higan's 1948 medley relay
n, which held the American
ord in that event, saw duty on
h relay squads this year. Con-
ently around the 52 mark for
leg of the relay, Tittle was a
iable man to the Wolverines.
y won the 400-yard free style
at in the Big Ten free-for-all
a Tittle an important factor
he triumph.
These seniors were instru-
ental in the generally good
quittal the Mannmen made
themselves last season.

,As for this year with the wily
Mann back at the helm for his
26th season, the Maize and Blue
can't be figured as pushovers for
any tank team.
Leading the Michigan squad this
year will be Dave Neisch, a free-
style sprinter from Detroit who
was called the most improved
swimmer on the Wolverine squad
last season.
* * a*
NEISCH, ELECTED captain by
his mates last spring, is a hard-
working swimmer who's been one
of Mann's proteges for seven
years. The genial mentor worked
with Neisch while the young dash
star was attending Mann's Camp
Chikopi during the summer.
Since those days Dave has de-
veloped amazingly and swam in
the low 53's last season for his
specialty, the century swim. He
will bolster a sprint corps which
may cause Mann some worries
this season.
Along with Neisch, only one re-
turning sprint veteran, junior Dick
Martin, can be expected to do
big things for the Wolverines.
Martin, with one of the longest
starting dives in the business, was
a consistent pointwinner in the
50-yard free style and swam oc-
casionally on relay teams. His
top time for the 50 was 23.6.
IN THE BACKSTROKE, Bernie'
Kahn will once again be top man
on the Maize and Blue totem pole.
His 1:38 time was the best a Wol-
verine couldmdo last season in the
150-yard race. Also returning will
be a promising junior, Dick Howell,
who swam backstroke and indi-
vidual medley last winter, and
Tom Keenan, another junior
whose improvement this season
would boost Wolverine hopes to
end the BIuckeye dominance in
that swimming style.
A freshman last season who
may add some strength in the
backstroke is Chaflie Peterson,
most promising among the year-
ling men in that event.
In the distance races, a pair of
sophomores are expected to carry
the load Stager and Mann bore
bore last season. They are Luis
Childs, a short but speedy Colom-
bian who went to the Olympics in

TWO OUT OF THREE-Dave Neisch, Charlie Moss, and Bernie
Kahn were spearheads on the 1950 Michigan swim squad. Neisch,
who swims the sprints, is next year's captain, while Kahn holds
forth in the backstroke. Moss was top individual medley man on
the Wolverine team this year, and holds the American 20-yard
course record for the 100-yard breaststroke. Moss, however, is
one of the losses Matt Mann's tank squad suffered through gradu-
ation last June.

'* *a *
1948, and Wallie Jeffries, Evans-
ville, Ind., star who held the Na-
tional AAU junior 220 title three
years ago.
Childs has gone 19:37 for the
1500 meters and 4:52 for the 440.
Jeffries has times of 19:43 in the
1500, 4:51.2 in the quarter-mile,
and 2:16 in the 220.
*~ * *
IN THE breastroke, Mann can
count on Stew Elliott, giant jun-
ior who improved greatly during
the course of the 1950 season, and
Johnny Davies, smooth-stroking
Australian who placed fourth in
the 200 meters race at the last
Olympics.
Also up from the freshman
squad is Rusty Carlisle, a breast-
stroker from Ft. Lauderdale,
Fla., who is rated as an excel-
lent prospect in that event.
For utility duty, the Wolverines
can call on sprinter Jim Dicker-
son, distanceman Bob Weggener,
and free-styler Jim White.
The outlook for the 1951 sea-
son can't be classed as an al-
together bright one, despite the
depth in the distance and breast-
stroke events.
Mann will count on Jack Hart-
man and Frank Keller to improve

* * *
their 1950 form in the diving
events, where the Maize and Blue
have had to bow to Peppe's Buck-
eyes for several years.
THOSE SAME old Buckeyes will
be heading toward the conference
crown again, and it should take
considerable improvement from
every quarter to put the Wolverines
back in their accustomed spot
on top of the Big Ten heap again.
Ohio State will field a host of
juniors who made a shambles
of last year's meet, with Jack
Taylor, toothpick-sized distance-
man and backstroker, leading
the way for the Peppemen.
In NCAA competition, the Yale
Bulldogs, with world-record shat-
terer John Marshall in the van-
guard, will be the team to beat.
So it won't be an easy year for
the Mann-coached Wolverines.
But the usual improvement be-
tween the natators' Florida trip in
December and the conference meet.
in March may solve a few unan-
swered problems and provide
enough punch to give the Buck-
eyes and the rest of the top teams
considerable trouble.

By TED PAPES
In the last nine years Michigan
has failed to win the Western
Conference Golf Championship
only three times.
Last season was one of those
times as the Wolverines finished
third behind Purdue's phenomenal
Boilermakers and the Buckeyes of
Ohio State.
* * *
THE "BLUE CHIPS" tourney
was staged in Columbus over Ohio
State's Scarlet Course, and per-
fect weather conditions helped to
produce the finest golfing exhibi-
tion in the history of the event if
not in college golf itself.
Purdue shattered the team
scoring record by 35 strokes as
five Boilermakers compiled an
amazing 72-hole total of 1,464
swings, which means that the
squad as a whole was only 24
over par for the meet.
That performance completely
overshadowed the best previous
effort, 1,499 by the Wolverines
one year earlier.
* *a *
BOILERMAKER mastery car-
ried over to the individual compe-
tition also as Purdue's ace, Fred
Wampler, became the first play-
er in the league's history to win
three individual titles. He had
captured the medal in 1948 and
tied for it with Ed Schalon of
Michigan the following year at
Ann Arbor.
Last spring he scored with a
four-round mark of 284 which
is four under standard figures
for the course. He whipped run-
ner-up Tom Nieperte of the
Buckeyes by three strokes in a
dramaticduel down the stretch.
Michigan's lowest competitor
was Dick Evans, the captain-
elect for the coming season, who.
fired three 74's and an even par
72 for 294 and sixth place.
Wampler emphasized his claim
to the throne room of college golf
a month later by winning the
gruelling NCAA match play test
at Albuquerque against the sharp-
est young golfers in the country.
No Wolverines were entered.
* * *
THE BIG TEN MEET tossed
some straw on the fire of an old

argument as to which is the loop's
most difficult course, Ohio's
Scarlet or Michigan's University
layout. Many links experts ex-
pressed the opinion that the low
scores recorded at Columbus would
have been impossible here.
They pointed out that Michi-
gan's finest golfing combina-
tion, the 1949 unit, could not
have been 35 strokes worse than
team. Further evidence was the
fact that Wampler required 297
strokes to gain his tie for the
medal crown at Ann Arbor, and
13 strokes less to win at Colum-
bus just one year later.
On the Ohio side, golfers point
out that the Scarlet fairways
stretch over a 7,120 yard route in
championship play while Michi-
gan's course covers 6,660. Then
too, thereare water hazards pre-
sent on the former and none at
Ann Arbor.
AT ANY RATE, both are diffi-
cult to negotiate successfully, as
players at both schools well know.
The Michigan layout is maintain-
ed in exceptional shape through-
out the season with a near-perfec-
tion standard for the greens.
Wolverine coach Bert Katzen-
meyer, highly successful in de-
veloping winning golf. teams,
has lost three men from his most
recent squad, Keith LeClair, Leo
Hauser and Captain Chuck Mac-
Callum.
Still in the fold are three of the
game's bright young stars. They
are Evans, the amateur champ of
Ohio in 1949, Dean Lind, two-time
crown, and Bob Olson, a high-
winner of the Western Junior
ranking amateur in the Detroit
area.
Olson, now a senior, missed last
season's competition because of
classroom trouble which must be
corrected to qualify him for next
year's squad.

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