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Iuch Talent Expected To Fill Gymnastics


rough schdule awaits them,
the Wolverine gymnasts have
talent to face it.
his describes the plight of
ch Newt Locken's gymnastics
n, as it prepares for the 1956-57
ion. "We're losing four men,
picking up two", Loken said,
imenting on the Michigan team!
b went undefeated through last
i's dual meet season. "Our two
itions, Jim Hayslett and Frank4
vman look exceedingly good".
he Wolverines are losing the
ices of Captain Tony San
onio through graduation, andf
also miss Reno Boila, Jack
chfield and Norm Niedermeier.3
"Tremendous Addition"

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cene from the
by Dick Cramer

ayslett, termed a "tremendous
tion" . by Loken, appears to
he most promising sophomore
he squad. He turned in a sen-
anal performance in the Junior
onal AAU Meet, finishing sec-
in the free excercise event,
man, who finished fourth in
event is also expected to be
g aid to the team..
ck Kimball and Ed Cole will
'rm on the trampoline this
on, ,with Chuck Clarkson and
Forsythe, divers on the swim-
g team, also helping on the

... one man team

The Wolverines will again enjoy
the services of old dependables Ed
Gagnier, Bob Armstrong, Nick
Wiese and Wayne Warren, Wiese
and Warren in their senior years,
are the new captains.
Counting On Gagnier
Michigan is counting on a dupli-
cation of last year's feats by Ed
Gagnier. Gagnier wasted no time
his first year on the team, and
amazed everyone, as he performed

REASON TO CELEBRATE-Last year's gymnastics squad hoists Coach Newt Loken on their shoul-
ders after defeating Wisconsin to complete their first undefeated season in dual meet competition.
since 1950. The Wolverines proceeded to finish second in the Big Ten-as high a place as they have
ever achieved in the Conference.

Big Ten Meet, after upsetting the
Illini in a dual meet, play host to
Illinois next February 8. The 1956-
57 Big Ten Meet will be in Ann
Arbor March 8 and 9.
Michigan, performing on- its'
home grounds will probably have
a better psychological chance of
dethroning Illinois than in the
last Big Ten Meet. "We'll have a
better chance of winning," Coach
Loken commented. Other high-
lights of the Wolverine schedule
include a December 15 home meet
with Iowa, and an away meet
against Michigan State February
The Michigan gymnastics seasonl
starts December 1 with the Mid-
west Open.

'Other Side' of Sports
THE "OTHER SIDE" to sports is the subject of much interest at
We're all proud of the great Wolverine tradition of leadership in
intercollegiate athletics, but there is equal reason for pride in what is
probably the greatest purely recreational sports program of any.col-
lege in the world. This program is not only huge at the present time,
but it continues to expand.
To begin with, Michigan's physical education curriculum in-
cludes a fantastic total of 42 different courses for women and 21 for
men. These include training for beginners and for those with some
skills in such widely varied fields as ballet and basketball for wo-
men and square dancing and weight lifting for men.
Such training is valuable, especially when, as at Michigan, the
facilities are available to use the acquired skills. It is here that the ex-
pansion is so marked. There is a, continuous schedule of addition to
the already abundant recreation facilities at Michigan.
New golf courses, women's swimming pool and a Varsity pool
that will allow more swimming by men not on the team in the old
Sports Building pool-these, along with other construction have ad-
ded to the availability of recreational facilities for the general stu-
Everyone Participates .. .
NO ONE-even the least-skilled participant in a sport-need' feel
that he is taking room from more capable athletes. There are
enough facilities t6 go around. This has been an .encouragement to
everyone to; get the exercise he or she needs while living the Tather,
sedentary life of a student.
Yet, the Michigan" sports picture does not emphasize availability
alone.-It further induces participation with the most elaborate col-
legiate intramural setup for men and an impressive schedule'of ath-
letic competition for women.
The men play in six divisions-social fraternity, residence; halL
professional fraternity, independent, faculty, and open competition.
The number of sports in each division ranges up to the thirties. No
other school includes more than 25 sports in its I-M program.
For the women, too, there are opportunities to compete in many
sports for team or individual honors.
,As you can see, Michigan's "other side" of sports holds its own
with the more publicized side of Varsity athletics. "Physical fitness"
at Michigan is meant to apply to everyone.

flawlessly in meet after meet, par-
ticipating in every event.
Gagnier, an Olympic candidate
was highly praised by Coach Loken
for his performance in the Nation-
al AAU Meet. In this highly publi-
cized meet, Gagnier placed second
on the parallel bars, fourth on the

high bar, and was second.in the
all arounds.
"Gagnier was terrific",' Loken
said. "He made a phenominal
showing for a kid who was only a
Both Loken and Co-captain Nick
Wiese were cautious as they looked
over next season's schedule. "We're

going to try to do our best," Wiese
said smiply. Loken, who comment-
ed that he was "extremely 'pleased
with last year's dual meets", pick-
ed Illinois, Michigan State, and
Iowa to be the Wolverines' tough-
est tests.
The Wolverines, who finished
second to Illinois in last season's

Advice t

Performancey of Buchanan on Trampoline Remains
Greatest in History of Wolverine Gymnastics Squad


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Michigan's gymnastics history
includes no national or Big Ten
team championships, but it does
include mention of one of the most
outstanding gymnastics artists in
collegiate annals. .
Edsel Buchanan of the 1949-50-
51 squad renmpins the only Wol-

verine ever to win an NCAA in-
dividual title, and he won it- in
all three years of his varsity career.
Only Buchanan has ever re-
peated as crown-holder in his
specialty-the trampoline.
Buchanan's greatest triumph

came in his last NCAA tourna-F
The national meet was to be
held in Ann Arbor and Michigan,
the host, was fearing humiliation
in its performance.
But Buchanan saved the day for
the Wolverines. As Florida State,
Illinois and Southern California
walked away with team honors,
he passed the stiffest test of his
college gymnastics days.
There was ex-Conference cham-
pion Bill Harris of Iowa and sev-
eral other outstanding trampolin-
ists vying against Buchanan. But
Buchanan's smooth, graceful per-
formance at the March 31, 1951
competition left the crowd and
the judges, awed.
The others tried all sorts of
trick stunts in a vain effort to

outshine Buchanan, but they out-
maneuvered themselves into costly
mistakes, while Buchanan relied
on his smoothness to retain the
title of "Mr. Trampoline."

Changes Noted in Women's Sports


(EDITOR'S NOTE: Miss Goss, a
graduate of the Class of '29, is now
taking graduate courses in Journal-
ism. Her father was a Detroit sports
Women's sports facilities at
Michigan certainly have changed.
The year I first came to Ann
Arbor, there was swimming for

women. We had to use the pool at
Waterman, or was it Barbour,
when the men weren't using it.
The men's attitude generally was
. "Ho, so ya wanta swim? Well,
why doncha go home 'n take a
Not Golf FAther
As for golf-who ever heard of

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females seriously playing "golf?
That sport was for Rockerfefler,
ancients and crackpots. No sens-
ible female under 50 who was at
all attractive would actually con-
sider playing golf.
"Soyou .did have girl's high
sc46bl golf in Detroit. That must
hate been great, watching you kids
tearing up good turf and ruining
the greens"-this from the males
who liked their golf.
"Oh, so Frank Cody's daughter
captained one of the golf teams
in Detroit? Well, it only shows
how crazy educators can be. Yeah,
I know the old man's head of the
board of education in Detroit."
Poor Tennis Facilities
In tennis-Helen Wills was
showing up the best in France
and England, but the womeflon
campus in 'Ann Arbor had to get
along on poorly mainained courts
and there weren't even enough of
them. We had to wait until the
men got through before we could
play on any better courts.
A female athlete was expected
to be bulging of calf, muscle bound
-a powerful Katrinka without
charm, with maybe a bean for a
brain. .The only reason she was
an athlete was that she couldn't
get a fellow.
I used to sneak down to Ferry
Field and Yost Field House to
talk with some of the .great var,
sity coaches. Fielding H. Yost was
still around in those early days
and it was rare sport to have the
great football coach stop to ask
the time of day and for my
father's health.
Boating? There were canoes to
be rented out on Huron River. But
coeds paddle?-"'Ya want to drown
River Swimming
There was swimming during the
early fall and late spring on the
river, too.
Horse back riding was considered
"snooty society stuff." Horse back
riding females were, considered
in the same category with the
Today! As I said there has been
a great changer Mrs. Violet Han-
ley and her instructors in golf
have increased women's oppor-
tunities in golf immensely.
In swimming, women ivho come
to Michigan can thank Dr. Mar-
garet Bell, Chairman "of the
Women's Physical Education De-
partment, for the wonderful new
natatorium. Now there's also a
boat club, ice sports, tennis and
dancing instruction
Michigan. is now a mecca for





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