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17, 1956

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Champion Squad Makes
Conference Net History

MANY EX-HIGH SCHOOL STARS:

Sophs Promise Great Season for 'M' Natators

By ED SALEM
Michigan's tennis team is the
proud possessor of one of the fin-
est records in Big Ten net history.
Following their second unbeaten
year in a row, Coach Bill Murphy's
charges found themselves with a
record of 31 straight victories in
dual-meets.!
Add to this, two Big Ten
Championships in a row; four of
a possible six men undefeated in
last season's play; individual rec-
ords of 83 matches won and but
three lost this past year; an even
more impressive 179 sets won, with
only 13 losses; plus seven shut-
outs in 12 matches, and you can
see why Murphy and the team are
full of smiles these days.
Sixth Nationally
The team even finished in a tie
for sixth in the National Intercol-
egiate Tennis Tournament. This
was while number one man Barry
Mackay was absent while compet-
ing in England.-
Following an April southern
trip which saw Michigan trounce
Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech, the
Wolverines came North to contin-
ue on their rampage.
Playing in two warmup match-
es before the Conference contests
began, the Maize and Blue downed
Detroit and Wayne, by the iden-
tical scores of 9-0.
Then they whipped Wisconsin,
also 9-0, and Indiana 8-1. In the
Hoosier Match, Mark Jaffe, beat
Indiana's Carl Dentice to hand
him his first Big Ten loss in two]
years of play.
More Routs1
Then in rapid fire order, came
easy wins over Notre Dame, 9-0,1
Illinois, 8-1, OSU, 9-0, and peren-
nial rivals Michigan State and
Western Michigan, more than
two years ago, who handed Michi-
gan its last defeat.,
The Wolverines closed their sea-
son with an 8-1 victory over
Northwestern.

By ALAN WINKELSTEIN
"Our freshmen are so good that
I can't even see where the return-,
ing varsity swimmers are going to
be needed."
That was the comment of one of
the returning varsity swimmers on
the prospects for the 1956-57 addi-
tion of the Michigan swimming!
team.
The Wolverines have one of the
finest groups of new sophomores
seen in many years, and barring
any unforseen happenings should
be a real threat not only for the'
Big Ten title, but for national'
honors.
Surprised Last Season
Last season, the Wolverines fin-
ished on a surprisingly good note,
after having a disastrous dual
meet season. Rated no better than
fourth in the pre-meet choices for
Big Ten honors, the natators either
forgot' to read the predictions or
else just ignored them.
They amazed everyone with a
second place finish, behind the
top swimming squad in the nation,
Ohio State.
However, the strongest points
in the Wolverine outlook this sea-
son are the new sophomore addi-
tions to the varsity.
Who's Who in Swimming
A list of the new additions reads
something like a who's who in high
school and freshman swimming.
Topping the list of newcomers
will be Dick Hanley who electrified
the swimming world in the AAU
meet by defeating one of America's
greatest swimmers, Ford Konno,
and taking first place honors in
220 yard freestyle.
In addition to this feat, Hanley
WANTED!
1000 HEADS
be they square, flat or rounded
for that crew-cut
at
The Bascola Barbers
Near Michigan Theater

the butterfly in the NCAA meet
while O'Reilly finished fifth in
the grueling 1500 meter freestyle
in the AAU.
Charlie Bates, the team's lead-
ing diver, Jim Kruthers who took
sixth in the NCAA backstroke
event and Bob Knox the top short
distance freestyle complete the list
of top graduates.
Returning Lettermen
Among the returning lettermen,
much is expected from Captain-
elect John Narcy who handled
much of the diving chores for the
Maize and Blue and Fritz Myers,
who took fourth in the NNCAA
individual medley.
Also coming back will be Jim
Thurlow, who just missed quali-
fying in the orthodox breast stroke
broke in the AAU after a fine per-
formance in the Big Ten meet,
and Don Adamski who placed sixth
in the Big Ten backstroke.
Adamski missed a turn and had
to go back and touch the wall,
which cost him valuable time and
a good chance to finish much
higher.

GUS STAGER
... optimistic swimming coach
also set the national freshman
record for the 220 and 440 yard
freestyle last year.
Another outstanding prospect for
this season is Carl Wooley, who
has compiled an equally amazing
record. He took a fourth in the
100 yard freestyle in the AAU
meet, and then placed fifth in the
220.

BRUCE HARLAN
... equally hopeful diving mentor
The remainder of the freshmen
appear to be almost as promising
as these two. Don Kimball rates
as "one of the finest diving pros-
pects to come to Michigan" accord-
ing to Diving Coach Bruce Harlan.
More Talented Sophs
Darrell Heinrich, Mike Roach,
Dave Tuggle, Pete Fries, Dick Mel
and Cy Hopkins round out the list

JOHN NARCY
.. . captains natators

of talented sophomores to the
Maize and Blue squad.
The new sophomores will have
to fill quite a gap left by the
graduation of six seniors includ-
ing both co-captains, John O'Reilly
and Mike Delaney.
O'Reilly and Delaney were im-
portant cogs in the Wolverine at-
tack. Delaney took a second in

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CHAMPION DOUBLES COMBINATION - Barry MacKay (left)
and Dick Potter not only won the Big Ten first and second singles
titles, respectively, this past spring, but they also teamed to take
the Conference doubles crown for the second year in a row.

Finally in the Big Ten Meet,
played at Minnesota, Michigan
culminated a fine season by win-
ning the Conference Champion-
ships by seven points. Captain
MacKay, Dick Potter, Jaffe, and
Sophomore John Harris all won
their respectives division titles,
while the doubles team of Mac-
Kay and Potter also took a first
place.
Senior Dale Jensen, playing in
the number five spot, reached the
finals of his group, and another
Senior Larry Brown was not elim-
inated until the semi-final round.
Indiana was runner-up in the
tournament.

The big match of the tourna-
ment was supposed to be between
MacKay and Northwestern's Al
Kuhn, but MacKay's game with
Mike Field of Indiana proved to
be the feature event.
Beating Field, 6-1, in the first
set, MacKay found himself in a
marathon in the second set. He
finally beat Field, 17-15, and then
went on and easily trounced Kuhn
in the finals.
As for the coming season, things
look even brighter. The team will
lose only two men-Jensen and
Brown. Replacing them will be
two highly capable sophomores,
Jon Erickson and George Koral.

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