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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 1954

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NEW GRID AIDS SELECT ED: .
Stager, Harlan Picked To Lead Natators

By JACK A. HORWITZ
The appointment of five- new,
coaches will fill the ranks of the
Michigan sports scene for the com-
ing year.
With the retirement of Matt
Mann II, who for almost 30 years
reigned as one of the top swimming
coaches in the nation, a big gap
was left in the swimming picture.
The appointment of Augustus P.
(Gus) Stager makes the future
swimming plans look even brighter.
In addition, for the first time in
the history of swimming at Michi-
gan, a special assistant coach to
tutor the divers was chosen. Bruce
Harlan, former Olympic diving
champion, was appointed to this
newly created spot.
In the football picture, three as-
sistant coaches were named to fill
the vacancies left by the appoint-
ment of Bill Orwig as Athletic Di-
rector of the University of Nebras-
ka and J.T. White as end coach
at Penn State.Two former Wolver-
ine athletic stars, Don Dufek and
Bob Hollway, were appointed as-
sistant backfield coach and assist-
ant line coach, respectively. Matt
Patanelli was named end coach
along with his other duties as
assistant basketball and baseball
coach.'
Former Fordson Coach
Stager was formerly the swim-
ing coach at Dearborn's Fordson
High School where he gained na-
tionwide fame with his title winning
teams. His appointment is probably
the determining factor in keeping
the Wardrop twins at Michigan. It
has been rumored that Jack and
Bert Wardrop have shown interest
in Yale University and might have
already applied for admittance.
Both swimmers have great respect
for Stager and he may be the in-
centive in keeping them here. The
twins have been quoted as saying
they would like to work with Stager.
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Farewell Gift To Coach
By DON LINDMAN
Only one team in the history of 220-yard freestyle and Iowa pool
records in the individual medley
intercollegiate swimming c o u Id and 440-yard freestyle. Teaming
have beaten the 1954 Michigan with Hill, Ron Gora, and co-cap-
swimming team, and that lone tain Tom Benner, Wardrop had a
challenger did just that three times part in setting new collegiate and
to marr anotherwise spectacular Varsity Pool standards in the 400-
season for the Wolverine natators. yard freestyle relay. Gora, Hill,
While not quite good enough to Jones, and Benner set a Big Ten
defeat Coach Mike Peppe's power- mark in the same event.
ful Ohio.State squad when the two
teams met at Columbus, Ann Arbor In addition to his record-breaking
and Syracuse, New York, the Mich- performances, Jack W a r d r o p
igan men managed to turn in six pulled the two biggest individual
wins in seven dual contests, 16 upsets of the year, beating team-
assorted records, and the two big- mate Jones and the OSU star Ford
gest individual upsets of the year Konno, who are recognized as the
to climax one of the top seasons two greatest swimmers in the
in the annals of Michigan swim- world. He dealt Konno,"the world's
ming. greatest freestyler," his first de-
The big highlight of the year for feat in over two years, outracing
Wolverine fans was the Big Ten him to the NCAA 220-yard free-
meet held at Varsity Pool in honor style title. Later in the spring,
of the retirement of Michigan Wardrop defeated Jones for the
Coach Matt Mann, one of the great- national AAU 400-yard individual
est names in swimming history. medley crown.
Mann's Last Year Jones, who is probably the
Mann climaxed his 29-year ca- world's most versatile swimmer,
reer at Michigan with the greatest went undefeated through seven dual
team he has ever developed, set- meets and the Big Ten title meet.
ting his sights on the Big Ten and The three-time NCAA titlist in the
NCAA championships in his final individual medley, Jones suffered
year of collegiate coaching. Mann's his first defeat of the season in
"boys" tried desperately to gain the race for the 200-yard breast-
boy tred espratly o ginstroke crown at the NCAA meet
the titles as a going-away present at the hands of Harvard's Dave
for the grey-haired mentor, but the Hawkins.
OSU powerhouse proved to be more Ha inss
than they could cope with. Michigan Dunks Wildcats
During the season, nine pool rec- The Wolverine tankers opened
cords, three conference marks, two the season with a resounding 72-21
collegiate standards, an NCAA trouncing of Northwestern in a
meet mark, and an American rec- meet at Varsity Pool. The Wildcats
ord fell before the determined were able to garner only three
Wolverine onslaught. Co-captain $ second places as Michigan gave
Don Hill set Big Ten and Varsity ! early warning that Mann had come
Pool records in the 50-yard free- up with a power-laden squad. Hill
style as he finished in a dead heat made the first of his three assaults
with OSU's Dick- Cleveland for the at the pool record for the 50-yard
conference title. The big senior al- freestyle, lowering it to :22.6 in
so set pool marks at Oklahoma the opening meet of the season.
and Iowa. Between semesters the Maize-
Bumpy Jones, the captain-elect and-Blue natators traveled around
for 1955, set pool records at Okla- the Middle West. conquering Iowa
homa and Ohio State, and then State, 57-36, and giving several ex-
climaxed a brilliant year by smash- hibitions. The climax of the tour
ing his own American and colle- was a meet with the highly-touted
giate marks and the Big Ten Oklahoma squad, the Wolverines
standard in the individual medley coming out on the right end of
before his home fans at Varsity a narrow 44-40 win. Seven pool
Pool as he captured the Big Ten records fell, with the Michigan men
individual medley crown. His time garnering three.
of 1:29.7 was probably the fastest In the second home meet of the
ever posted in the event, in which season, Mann's men romped over
a world record is not recognized. Purdue, 64-29. The Wolverines lost
More Records only two events as some of the
Sophomore sensation Jack Ward- lesser lights on the squad saw ac-
rop also posted three marks, set- tion.
ting an NCAA meet record in the The Maize-and-Blue regulars got

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JACK WARDROP
... half of Scotch duo

BURWELL "BUMPY" JONES JIM WALTER&
... acelin the hole . ..has hew aid

GUS STAGER AND BRUCE HARLAN - Michigan's two new
swimming coaches, hope to pick up where Matt Mann left off
after a brilliant 29 years at the helm.

Harlan's appointment may have
even further impact on the Michi-
gan swimming future. In the past,
many of the nation's top divers
have gone to Ohio State. However,
with the addition of Harlan to the
coaching staff, the NCAA a n d
NAAU champion will be a big
drawing card. He is among one of
the most famous divers in recent,
history and almost any youngster
would feel honored to work with
him.
Remember Grid Career
Dufek, who has been assistant
football coach 'at Ann Arbor High
School and more recently in busi-
ness, returns to the school where
he is so well remembered for his
outstanding college pigskin career.
His performance in the 1951 Rose,
Bowl game will be remembered as
a shining example of his football
excellence. He tallied both of the
Wolverine touchdowns as Michigan
won, 14-6.
Hollway, who has been serving
as head basketball coach and line
coach 'at Michigan State Normal
College for the past year, playedI

end on the 1947-48-49 Wolverine
gridiron teams which w o n t h e
Western Conference drown three
times and the national title once.
He also played in the 1948 Rose
Bowl encounter which Michigan
won, 49-0.
Patenelli Moves Up
P a t e n e 11i is also a Michigan
alumnus who, during his college
days, earned his "M" letters in
three sports, baseball, football,
and basketball. He was captain of
the 1936 pigskin squad and after
graduation, he went into business
with time out for four years in
the navy. After his hitch in the
service, he went to Western Mich-
igan College until he came to
Michigan two years ago with head
basketball coach, Bill Perigo.
DID YOU KNOW ... that in
1886, the Michigan baseball team
defeated a team called Hiawatha
by the astronomic score of 75-10.
In 1867, the Wolverine nine scored
70 runs to overpower a University
of Detroit team that tallied 17
times.

back into action against a highly
rated Michigan State team at Var-
sity Pool as the veteran coach re-
moved the wraps from his squad
for the first time. The result was
a 69-24 slaughter of the previously
unbeaten Spartans.
New Free Style Mark
Hill lowered his 50-yard free-
style mark to :22.4 and teamed
with Gora, Benner, and Jack Ward-
rop to erase the collegiate stand-
ard for the freestyle relay in con-
quering the hapless visitors from
East Lansing.
Probably the most important as-
pect of the meet was the entrance
into competition of the Wardrop
twins, Bert and Jack, who made
their initial appearance as Michi-
gan swimmers. The Scotch Olym-
pic stars had a hand in four of
the Wolverine victories and two
second places as Michigan cap-
tured every event except the 200-
yard breaststroke, which fell to
Spartan All-American John Dudeck.
Jones left his usal position in
the individual medley to capture
the 220-and 440-yard freestyle races.
Jack Wardrop copped the individu-
al medley with a time of 1:30.3,
one of the best performances in
the nation during the entire year.
Traveling to Iowa City, the
Mann-men swamped the Hawkeyes,
75-18, winning every event and all
but one second place. The meet,
the most lopsided of the season,
was only a tuneup for the big
dual meet of the campaign against
Ohio State the following weekend.
Greatest Meet in History
Held in Columbus, the Michi-
gan-Ohio State meet proved to
be the greatest dual meet in colle-
giate swimming history. Seven rec-
ords fell, including two world
marks and one intercollegiate stan-
dard, as the Buckeyes handed the
Wolverines their first defeat of the
season, 52-41.
Buckeye captain Dick Cleveland
touched out Hill in photo finishes
in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle
and the freestyle relay to provide
the winning margin. Buckeye
stars Konno and Yoshi Oyakawa
set new world records in the 220-
yard freestyle and the X100-yard
backstroke, respectively. Konno al-
so posted an intercollegiate stand-
ard in the 440-yard freestyle.
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In addition to the photo finishes
and record-breaking performances,
in one event, the 100-yard freestyle,
all four swimmers covered the dis-
tance in less than :50.5, a time
which was good enough to win the
NCAA crown in 1953.
A few bad breaks and a sur-
prising display of depth by Peppe's
charges spelled defeat for the
Wolverines in their second meet-
ing with the Buckeyes, this time
in the Big Ten title meet. Michi-
gan's 103 points would have been
good enough to win 41 of the 44
Western Conference championship
meets, but Ohio State's title-win-
ning 125 point total fell only four
points short of the conference rec-
ord.
Jack Wardrop came in second to
Konno in three events, losing out
by only a few feet in the 220- and
the 440-yard freestyle. Jones cap-
tured both the individual medley
crown and the 200-yard breast-
stroke title, breaking all existing
records in the former. Wolverine
diver Jim Walters was the star
of both the one-meter and three-
meter diving finals, but was unable
to make up the ground he had lost
earlier in the preliminaries and
finished second in both events.
Champ Against Champ
Only one man in history has
covered the 50-yard freestyle dis-
tance faster than Hill's time of
:22.1, but that man, Cleveland
matched Hill stroke for stroke as
the two finished in dead heat. The
time wad enough to erase the
Varsity Pool record for the third
time' during the season and to
establish a new conference stand-
ard.
The NCAA meet was different,
Ohio State finishing ahead of Mich-
igan for a third time, but this
time by a convincing 94-67 score.
Once again the Wolverine stars
sparkled, however, as Jones won
his third consecutive individual
medley crown and turned in the
best time of his career in the 200-
yard breaststroke, only to lose in a
photo finish to Harvard's Haw-
kins. Jack Wardrop recorded the
second best time in swimming
history while handing Konno his
first defeat in over two years.
Michigan's prospects for next
season are certainly as bright as
they were a year ago. The capable
new coaches, Bus Stager and Bruce
Harlan, will have plenty of talent
Swith which to work.
Another Great Team
The 1955 Wolverine team prom-
ices to be another powerpacked
aggregation. In Jones and the
Wardrop twins Michigan has the
three most versatile men in the
collegiate swimming ranks. In ad-I

dition to being the three top in-
dividual medley stars in the nation,
Jones is a threat in the breast-
stroke and freestyle, while Jack
Wardrop has developed into one
of the strongest distance men in
the nation's freestyle ranks. Bert,
his brother, is a threat in both' the
breaststroke and backstroke.
The individual medley lineup Is
bolstered even further by the re-
turn of Ed Furdak and the advent
into eligibility of Fritz Myers, one
of the outstanding men on the
freshman squad.
Michigan has lost freestyle sprint-
ers Hill and Benner, but Gora and
Bobby Knox are capable replace-
ments for the departing co-cap-
tains. Jones and Jack Wardrop can
also be called on when necessary.
In addition to a host of men com-
ing up from the freshman and
sophomore ranks, the return of
Jones, Gora, Jack Wardrop, and
John O'Reilly gives the Wolverines
all the strength they need in the
middle distance freestyle events.
The breaststroke, one of the weak-
er links last season, should be one
of the Wolverine'* strongpoints in
1955. Jones, Bert Wardrop, Mike
Delaney, and Glen Miller are all
returning veterans with consider-
able experience.
In addition to Bert Wardrop, Jim
Druthers should help Michigan fans
forget the loss of John Chase in
the backstroke. Kruthers held the
mythical national high a ch o o 1
championship three years ago and
gave some fine performances as a
Maize-and-Blue sophomore.
Veterans May
Aid Hoopsters
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throws, good for an average of 17.4
points per game. The Chicagoan's
best effort during the season was
against Washington University,
against whom he scored 27 points.
Another Soph Star
Tom Jorgenson, another sopho-
more from Chicago, was in second
place with 272 points, for an aver-
age of 12.3 markers per game.-In
third place was Paul Groffsky,
captain-elect and most valuable
player in 1952-53, with 250 points.
Junior Don Eaddy occupied the
fourth slot with a 9.3 average.
It is debatable as to where Mi-
chigan will finish this coming sea-
son. Only the most rabid of fans
predict a championship, and only
the most pessimistic. see another
cellar team. Only one comment can
be made with asurance: Michigan
can't go anywhere but up.

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