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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1951

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE THREE

Better

Times Goming for

Swimmers,

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Natators Count on Younger
Contingent for 1952 Spark

Depth in Distances, Weak
Spots in Field in Prospect

EXPERIENCE TO BURN:
Tennis Squad Boasts Six Lettermen

By GEORGE FLINT
After the bumper years of 1933-
48, Coach Matt Mann's swimmers
have been in the midst of a re-
building process which may reach
its culmination during the 1952
season.
The Michigan tankmen, who
won four and lost three in regu-
larly-scheduled dual meets in 19-
51, were not the Wolverines of old
last season. But the emergence of
spphomore stars and good pros-
pects among the eligible freshmen
this winter indicates that Mann
may be on the way back toward
the top of the ladder.
LOSSES WERE not great from
last season's team. Dave Neisch,
the captain, and Bob Byberg, both
sprinters, and divers Jim Hart-
man and Frank Heller were the
chief pointmakers to graduate.
But the nucleus of the team.
returns. The co-captains, Stew
Elliott and John Davies, were
Big Ten champions in the 100
and 200-yard breast stroke, and
both were consistent pointwin-
ners throughout the season.
In the distances, veterans Wally
Jeffries and Luis Childs will have
support from the high school won-
der, Burwell (Bumpy) Jones, who
swims just about every event on
the program and does very well in
each. Jones may be used in the
440 and backstroke, while Jeffries
Concentrates on the 220 and
sprints and Childs swims the 440
and 1500.
* * *
ALSO RETURNING is Dick
Martin, who is counted on for re-
Ny duty and points in the 50-
yard free style. And the veteran
Bernie Kahn will be back to dis-
play his backstroke proclivities.
The season will be a rough
one, however, As usual, Ohio
State holds the balance of pow-.
er in the Big Ten, with Yale the
top team nationally on the basis
of last year's performance.
The Buckeyes were one of the
three teams to trip Michigan in
dual meet competition. They did
so soundly, 55-29, as the all-
around strength of Mike' Peppe's
men in the backstroke, relays and
diving was too much for the
Mannmen.
* * *
MICHIGAN STATE, active in
conference competition for the
first time last season, also troun-
ced the Wolverines by an identical
55-29 count. The Spartans were
led by Bert McLachlan, an excel-

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lent sophomore distanceman, and
Clark Scholes, NCAA champion in
the sprints.
Iowa also defeated the Maize
and Blue in dual meet compe-
tition, but their victory was of
a much closer variety. It inged
upon a Michigan disqualifica-
tion in the medley relay, giving
the Hlawkeyes a 48-43 win in
the meet.
Michigan defeated Purdue, Min-
nesota, Bowling Green, and La-
Salle in the 1951 season. Though
no single victory was particularly
impressive, the natators showed
marked improvement by season's
end.
PARTICULARLY encouraging
were the efforts of Elliott and Da-
vies, the breast stroke tandem.
Davies lowered his time :n the
200-yard event to 2:18.4 in tak-
ing the conference title in the
event, and also placed second in
the century.
Elliott won that event in 60.4,
having turned in a one-minute
flat effort earlier in the season.
The 1952 possibilities are good,
but once again the Buckeyes and
Spartans are loaded. Ohio State
has the great Jack Taylor back in
the backstroke and distances, in
addition to a great diving aggre-
gation which includes Al Coffey,
Bob Clotworthy, Joe Marino, and
sophomore Fletcher Gilders.
Michigan State will have Mc-
Lachlan again, plus Dave Norman,
Glen Omans, Jim Quigley, and
other luminaries.
* * *
IN NATIONAL competition, no
relief is in site for the deluge of
power which Yale's Bulldogs have
been loosing upon the swimming
world these past two years.
Aside from John Marshall,
world's record-holder in practi-
cally every distance event ex-
cept the 1500-meters, Bob Kip-
huth has a motley crew includ-
ing Ray Blum, Bill Farnsworth,
Jimmy McLane, and Ray Moore.
So the future is a perilous one
for the Wolverine swimmers. But
the possibility that such freshmen
as Don Hill and Bob Brenner
along with Jones will develop gives
the Michigan men a brighter out-
look for 1952.
For Matt Mann, the year is a
particularly eventful one. After
having led several of his swim-
mers in an exhibition t o u r
through the British Isles the past
summer.

DON CANHAM
. . the future in mind

By HERB NEIL1
Michigan trackmen look for-
ward to a promising track and1
cross country year after finishing
a rather disappointing fourth in
the Big Ten Outdoor Track and
Field Championships in May.
Led by Don McEwen, captain of
the 1951-52 team, the Wolverine
track squad boasts strength in all
the running events for the com-
ing season. Coach Don Lanham
finds that his weak spot will
again be in the field events,
where the Maize and Blue was
able to garner only seven points
in the 1951 Big Ten outdoor meet.
MICHIGAN TRACK teams have
dominated the cinder paths of the
Big Ten. down through. the years,
having won 15 Conference indoor
titles since indoor competition be-
gan in 1911, and 20 outdoor titles
in 51 years of competition. The
Wolverines won seven consecutive
indoor crowns from 1934 through
1940.
Both the indoor and outdoor
championships are tops for Big
Ten schools, although Michigan
has not annexed an indoor
crown since 1945 or an out-door
title since 1944.
C o a c h Canham -begins his
fourth year at the helm of Wol-
verine track teams. His indoor
squads have fared better than his
outdoor teams, in Conference
meets, finishing second for the
past two years and seventh in
1949, while the outdoor squads
were sixth in both 1949 and 1950
and fourth this year.
** *
CANHAM, assistant track men-
tor from 1946-48, was Michigan's
greatest high jumper in his col-
lege days, being captain of the
1941 team. He was Big Ten high
jump champion four times and
national champion in 1940.
ThetMichigan coach holds
both the indoor and outdoor
varsity high jump records, a
mark of 6'6%" indoors and
6'714" .outdoors.
Michigan's assistant t r a c k
coach, Elmer Swanson, has his
share of college athletic honors
also. Swanson won both the Con-
ference high and low hurdles in
1944 and served as a utility in-
fielder on the baseball team,
which also won a Big Ten cham-
pionship, in the same year.
* * *
SWANSON, who became assist-
ant track coach when Canham

took over the reins, won six let-
ters while a Michigan athlete,
three coming in track and the
other three coming in baseball.
For the past two years Wol-
verine track teams have gained
nation-wide recognition largely
through the running of Mc-
Ewen, Michigan's distance star.
The Michigan captain, who
hails from Ottawa, Ontario,
holds the United States record
of 19:34.1 for a four-mile cross-
country course and the Big Ten
outdoor mile and two-mile in-
dividual crowns, as well as the
indoor two-mile title.
McEwen set his cross country
record last fall in the Conference
Cross-Country Championships in
Chicago, defending the title he
had won in 1949. In winning he
shattered by 10.4 seconds the Big
Ten record he had set the year
before.
* * *
T H E MICHIGAN Harriers,
competing as a full team for the
first time in 20 years finished
fourth in the team championship,
as Wisconsin won the title with
Michigan State second. The Wol-
verines had not entered a full
team in 1949 when McEwen won
his first Big Ten Cross-Country
title.
The Maize and Blue's only dual
competition in cross country last
fall resulted in a 19-36 victory
over Illinois.

By DICK SEWELL
With six lettermen returning to
the courts this spring, Michigan's
tennis team promises to be one of
the strongest in recent years.
Captain Al Hetzeck was the only
graduate on the squad which plac-
ed second to Michigan State's
Sp artans in the Conference
Championshis last spring.
BACK AGAIN this year are
Steve Bromberg, Jack Smart, Mike
Schwartz, Gene Barrack, Bob Cur-
han and Jay Webb.
In addition to these varsity
veterans, Wolverine coach Bill
Murphy is blessed with an un-
usually fine crop of sophomore
prospects.
Ray Walmouth, Jim Stevens,
Farrel LeVasseur, Bob Mitchell
and Howie Willens are all ready
to give a real battle for varsity
positions.
* * *
INCOMING FRESHMEN will al-
so be given a chance to show their
wares this year because of the new
freshman eligibility ruling.
Last spring, Murphy gave a
brilliant exhibition of his coach-
ing ability when he steered one
of the greenest squads in Wolver-
ine net history through the haz-
ardous Big Ten schedule with
only two defeats.
Playing with only two vets. Het-
zeck and Bromberg, the Murphy-
men hung up a fine 6-2 record,
losing to Illinois and MSC. Michi-
gan wins included impressive 9-0

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TOM AND MEREDITH SUCKLING
of the

triumphs over Ohio State and the ond place, a scant four points be-
University of Detroit, plus lopsided hind a power-laden Michigan
victories over Western Michigan, State squad.
Purdue, Notre Dame and Wiscon- Unlike Michigan, who lost only
sin. Hetzeck via the diploma route, the
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IT WAS IN the Big Ten tourney See TENNIS, Page 7
at Evanston that the Wolverines
made their best showing and gave
the rest of the conference teams Yes
a preview of things to come. "We'll custom style
Tagged by pre-tournament your hair to please."
"experts" to finish third at best, Toda-
the Maize and Blue contingentToa -
pulled one upset after another to The Dascola Barbers
nose out such perennial tennis
powers as Illinois and Northwest- Liberty off State
ern and pull themselves into sec-

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