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rymnastics Squad Looks to Future for Improvement


Having lost only two regulars,
Michigan's gymnastic team is look-
ing forward to a definite improve-
ment over last year.
The loss of Captain Bill Winkler,
whose specialty was the trampo-
line, and Frank Adams, voted most
valuable for last season's perform-
ances on the high bar, trampoline,
and tumbling mat, will be noticed
but slightly, as Coach Newt Loken
has all the rest of his team back.
The seven returning regulars all
have the benefit of a year or more
of Big Ten competition behind
them, which should add a lot of
confidence to each one's perforn-
ance. Along with these experienced
men are two prospects off the
freshman squad who Loken thinks
can step right into the vacantv
Count on Cornwall
Al Cornwall is expected to be
able to the fill trampoline vacancy
left- by Winkier and Adams, and
Ed Gagnier will take up where
Adams left off on the high bar,
plus, as Loken puts it, "being a
tremendous addition elsewhere."
Harry Wilkinson and Harry
Luchs will also be welcome new
additions to the 1955-56 squad, but
they will not be eligible until the
second semester.
Last year's team did not fare
badly, but Loken figures he can do
better with the gain the team has
made in experience. "Last year
was more or less a period of re-
building", he explained.

wins in eight performances. An-
other valuable all-around man,
Wiese took numerous places in the
high bar and tumbling events.
San Antonio Captain
Amiable "Chico" San Antonio, a
consistant worker on the parallel
bars, side horse, and horizontal
bar, has been elected captain for
the coming season, showing what
his teammates think of his as a
Along with their Big Ten compe-
part in the regular University of
tition, Loken and his squad took
Michigan television series "Under-
standing Our World" by doing
some films showing the fine points
of gymnastics, the precision tim-
ing, and coordination required of
the sport.
This year, Loken, himself a Big
Ten gymnastics champion while an
undergraduate at Minnesota, has
been invited'to be the director of
the annual North-South Gym
Clinic at Sarasota, Florida, which
takes place December 25-30. This
meet, or clinic, corresponds to foot-
ball's annual Blue-Grey game in
that it pits the stars of the North
against the stars of the South.
Summing up hopes for this years
gymnastic team, Loken strikes an
optimistic note. "We have a more
experienced team than last year,
and our two losses. have not hurt
us very much, because we have the
replacements for them," he said.
"Our big competition is likely to
come from Illinois, Iowa, and
Minnesota in that order. Michigan
State will probably be out of it this
year because of the loss of their
one-man team, Carlton Rintz."
It's a fact that Michigan's long-
est undefeated gridiron cycle was
from the first game of 1901 to the
13th game of 1905, a total of 56
games. The total score over that
period was 2,826-40. This was the
era of Fielding H. Yost's point-a-
minute teams.

Construction Program Partially
Completed; New Pool Being Built


Historic Ferry Field echoes with
the sounds of men and machines,
as Michigan's $7,000,000 athletic
building program gets underway.
First phase of this program is
the already completed athletic ad-
ministration building, housing ad-
ministrative personnel, coaching,
publicity, and ticket departments.
Needless to say, this modern struc-
ture with its impressive glass en-
trance will more than adequately
serve the needs of every Michigan
sporting activity.
New Pool k
Adjacent to the new athletic ad-
ministration building and facing
the intramural building will be
the exhibition swimming pool now
under construction and expected to
be completed in January 1957. The
new pool will house the varsity
swimmers and has a capacity for
3,000 persons at swim meets, with
ample facilities for press, radio,
and television coverage. Its unique
feature is a 20 by 40 foot diving
pool adjacent to a 75 by 45 foot
racing tank, thus giving Michigan
swim facilities second to none.
For many years the University
has been regardedsas thepossessor
of one of the nation's finest colle-
giate athletic plants, but as en-
rollment increases and promises to
do so even more in the future,
administrators have realized the
need for expanding existing sports
The resulting building program,
being financed entirely by football,
gate receipts, has been approved
by the Board in Control of Inter-
collegiate Athletics and the Re-
gents and is proceeding as rapidly
as funds become available. With
the completion of the proposed
projects, Michigan is sure to re-
tain its rich sports tradition.
New Field House

for the stadium to replace the
present structure which has plainly
outgrown existing needs. Since its
construction in 1927 and -subse-
quent remodeling, the pressbox has
been considered one of the finest
of its kind, but with ever increasing
television and radio requirements,
it has become inadequate for these
modern news media.
Par Three Golf Course
On June 4th a new nine hole,
par three golf course was opened
to University students. Lying ad-
jacent to the old 18 hole course, it
was the first of its kind developed
by any university, and also in-
cludes a small club house. The new
course is to be reserved exclusively
for students.
A portion of the program also
includes the recent remodeling and
renovating of existing hockey fa-
cilities which will increase the
seating capacity at games to ap-
proximately 3,000.
Commenting on the entire ath-
letic construction program, H. 0.
"Fritz" Crisler, Athletic Director,
said "University enrollment is in-
creasing continually and we plan
to keep pace with it." He went on
further to say, "Michigan has al-
ways had the reputation of having
one of the finest athletic plants in
the country but some of its parts
have become outmoded and our
planned program will correct this

VETERANS GONE-Coach Newt Loken with Frank Adams and
Bill Winkler, the only two regulars who will be missing from this
season's gymnastics squad.

petely occupied at the beginning of July. This building is part
of the huge construction program undertaken by the University
sports officials.

The gymnasts wound up their
dual meet season with a 5-3 record
giving them an overall record of
42 won and only 16 lost in major
dual meet competition.
They terminated the season with
a fifth place in the Big Ten Meet
at Minneapolis. Creditable per-
formances were t u r n e d in for
Michigan by 'Winkler, Adams, Nick
Wiese, and Tony San Antonio. No
one placed higher than Fourth, but
all -got valuable points for the
Wolverines in their fifth place bid
behind Illinois, Michigan State,
Iowa, and Minnesota.
Winkler came through well all
year, showing enough skill on the
trampoline to earn him three
firsts, a second, and a third in dual
meet competition, along with his

fourth place medal at the Big Ten
Meet, which turned out to be the
best performance on the Michigan
Adams Most Valuable
Adams, who earned his "Most
Valuable" rating by consistently
gaining points in three events, was
particularly outstanding on the
tumbling'mat. He won six firsts in
the eight meets with his tumbling
form, but also came through with
three wins and a second on the
high bar and two seconds on the
With two years of eligibility still
remaining, Wiese was also a major
point-getter for the Wolverine
gymnasts. In his specialty, the
flying rings, Wiese was practically
unbeatable as he grabbed up six

ent maximum seating capacity by
increasing it from 8,000 to 15,000
persons, and thus enable the Wol-
verines to host the West Confer-
ence indoor track championships.
Ample facilities for other inter-
collegiate sports, hand ball courts,

and space for intramural compe-
tition are also included in the long
range plans for the new sports
Another phase of the long-range
program includes the construction
of a new $300,000 football pressbox





Take All-American Honors


Michigan's representatives on
the 1955 collegiate All-American
swimming team are numerous, but
they seem to run second in every
Probably this should indicate
the pattern of the past season
when the wolverines just couldn't
seem to win.
The only first place finisher was
Jack Wardrop, who bettered the
world's record in the 220-yard
freestyle with a time of 2:03.4.
Wardrop also finished second in
the 440-yard freestyle, :56.9, and

the 150-yard individual medley,
with a time of 1:26.9.
Jim Walters captured second
place in the three meter; division
behind Ohio State's Jerry Harrison
and finished third in the one-
meter diving. Charlie Bates took
sixth in both divisions.

fifth in the 300-yard medley relay
Captain Bumpy Jones took sec-
ond in the 200-yard breaststroke
and third place in the 200-yard
butterfly and the 150-yard individ-
ual medley.




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