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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 1952

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

PAGE SEVW

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Swimmers

Always

Rank Among

Best

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1952 Team Placed Third
In League, NCAA Meets

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PRODUCER OF CHAMPIONS-Matt Mann, veteran Michigan swimming mentor and coach of the
United States Olympic team, is flanked by two of his recent proteges. John Davies (left) set world
breast stroke records in the Olympics and as a Michigan senior last winter. Burwell (Bumpy) Jones
(right), also an Olympic swimmer, is a versatile Wolverine sophomore.
Mann Has Guided ChminsGlr

Matt Mann, the builder of
champions, begins his twenty-
eighth year at the helm of the
Michigan swimming squad this
Autumn.
The British-born coaching wiz-
ard has tutored more Big Ten and
National champion tank teams
than any other mentor in the
game.
MANN-COACHED Michigan
teams have amassed an amazing
dual meet record of 200 victories
against only 25 defeats. He has
sent more swimmers to the Olym-
wpic games than any other coach,
and this summer he accompanied
the American squad as its head
coach. The Olympic honor was the
crowning glory to a career. which
has been marked by consistent
successes.
Sixteen times the Maize and
Blue nataors under Mann's di-
rection have captured the West-
ern Conference championship.
Thirteen of his squads have
ruled the land "as N.C.A.A. title-
holders. Added to the thirteen
national crowns won by the
Wolverine swimmers are nine
second place finishes.'
Last season the Michigan tank-
ers swept past eight of nine dual
ment opponents, losing only to the
National champion Ohio State
DID YOU KNOW that coaches
Bennie Oosterbaan (football),
Cliff Keen (wrestling), Matt
Mann (swimming) and Ray
Fisher (baseball) have all served
at this institution for over twen-
ty years. Fisher in fact has
coached here fo e irty-two
years.

crew in a close tussle. The Wol-
verines then went on to place
third in both the Big Ten and
National contests.
* * *
FIVE PARAGRAPHS of statis-
tics cannot tell the full story of
Matt Mann. The numbers can
never record the esteem in which
the white-haired aquatic genious
of Michigan is held by the gentle-
men of the athletic world.
He has given the University
commanding prestige in swim-
ming circles. Michigan squads
under his guidance haveal-
ways been noted for their excel-
lent performance and competi-
tive spirit.
The late great "Grand Old
Man" of Michigan, Fielding Yost,
must have recognized the coach-
ing genius of Mann when he
brought him to Ann Arbor in 1924
to head the University's swim-
ming team.
* * *
MANN HAD PREVIOUSLY been
coaching at Yale, Harvard and
the New Haven Athletic Club. At
all three institutions powerful
natatorial units were turned out
by the newly-arrived Englishman.
"Hurry Up" Yost, as Michi-
gan's Director of Athletics, de-
cided on Mann as his next
swimming coach and twenty-
seven years have attested to his
wisdom. Mann proceeded to
fashion a National champion
squad after three years of care-
ful building, and once he had
the Wolverines at the head of
the parade he kept them there
for nearly a quarter of a cen-
tury.
Each year many of " Mann's for-

mer swimmers return to the
green-walled pool in the Intra-
mural Sports building for a visit
with their coach.
THEY FIND HIM to be the
same high-spirited, jovial gentle-
man that they knew in the past.
They find too that he still calls
everybody "son," a trademark
which has characterized his pic-
turesque speech for more than
twenty-five years.
Most of all, however, they
find that he has not shed one
ounce of his remarkable vigor,
and that the years have not
dulled his intense desire for the
victory of his Michigan teams.
Season number twenty-eight is
drawing near. The awesome nat-
atorial powerhouse from Ohio
State must again be faced, and
defeated if a swimming title is to
be achieved, but Matt Mann has
that merry championship gleam
in his eyes again and this just
might be a banner year for the
boys in Maize and Blue.
DID YOU KNOW: that Mich-
igan holds a dual meet edge on
every school which the Wolver-
ines have competed against in
swimming. Yale comes the clos-
est to holding their own with
the Maize and Blue natators.
The Eli's have won three times
while dropping four meets to
Matt Mann's teams.

By IVAN KAYE
Michigan's varsity swimming
team ranked as the third best in
the nation last year, behind Ohio
State and Yale.
Under the direction of Coach
Matt Mann, the Wolverine nata-
tors were victorious in seven of
eight dual meets, losing only to
Mike Peppe's mighty Buckeye
crew.
CO-CAPTAINS John Davies and
Stew Elliott gave-the Wolverines
a consistent one-two punch in
both the 100 and 200 yard breat-
stroke races throughout the sea-
son.
Davies came into his own at
thenational meet at Princeton,
when he broke the world's rec-
ord in the 200 yard breast-
stroke. He beat the former hold-
er, Princeton's Bob Brawner,
in the time of 2:12.3. The native
of Sydney, Australia also came
home in front in the 100 yard
breast stroke.
The key man in last season's
Michigan swimming picture was
one of the greatest all-round per-
formers in the history of the
sport, Burwell "Bumpy" Jones.
He still holds five of the seven
swimming records of the City of
Detroit. These were achieved while
he was attending Redford High
School.
JONES' ALL-ROUND swimming
ability is attested to by the fact
that he holds the national cham-
pionship in both the 300 meter
and the 150 yard individual med-
ley races.
He swam the back stroke leg
on the Michigan medley relay
team, and at times during the
dual meet season he also ca-
vorted with the free style relay
quartet.

Ohio, finished second to world-
record-holder Dick Cleveland of
Ohio State in both the 50 and
100 yard free-style races at the
Big Ten meet in East Lansing last
March.
* * *
IN ADDITION to Hill, Tom
Benner, Ron Gora, Jim Ford and
Jim McKevitt are excellent in the
short distance races.
Freshman Jim Walters of
Evanston, Illinois, was the out-
standing diver on the squad, but
there was no depth behind him,
and accordingly the Wolverines
lost valuable points to schools
with more experienced person-
nel.
Diving, while it was Michigan's
big weakness, was the key factor
in the natatorial success enjoyed
by arch rival Ohio State. Men of
the caliber of Morley Shapiro and
Bob Clotworthy enabled the
Buckeyes to squeeze past power-
ful Yale to win national honors.
, * * ,
WITH ONLY DAVIES, Elliott,
Jim White and Rusty Carlisle
leaving the ranks, Matt Mann's
rebuilding job consists mainly of
developing a couple of breast-
strokers.
Captain-elect Wally Jeffries
will beravailable in the 220 and
440 yard, and 1500 meter free-
style events, andrdivers Char ie
Bates, Bud Hurd, and John
Hanrahan should bolster and
corps considerably.
Jones and John "Sugar" Chase
lead the parade of backstrokers.
Chase can also go in the 1500 me-
ter free style event.

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