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Three -Day


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A Challenge Answered
THE OLD past master of Michigan swimming, Matt Mann, will be
present for today's opening of the NCAA swimming championships
a the Varsity Pool, but not in the role once so familiar to thousands
of the older followers of Michigan swimming. He is coaching, but
another team, not the one with which he won so many Big Ten
and National Championships.
Instead two much younger men are in charge of the still powerful
Michigan swim team which this year swept its way to easy victory
in the Conference and now looks forward to a promising three day
duel with Yale in defense of its last year's win of the NCAA crown.
Gus Stager and Bruce Harlan appear to have taken up right where
Mann left off.
Four years ago Stager and Harlan were brought in and given
the task of maintaining the Michigan swimming tradition. All they
had to do was turn out a champion team here year after year.
Many followers had their doubts whether the young and less ex-
perienced duo could gccomplish the task one man had done so well.
They had even greater doubts when Stager seemingly began digging
his own grave by throwing world record holding freestyler Jack Ward-
rop and his brother off the 1955-56 team.
Stager's decision received its first vindication and his coaching
ability its first boost when that team came through for him, minus
its two stars, and took a surpris-
ing second place in the Confer-
ence that year. From this turning
point Stager and Harlan have not
slipped back once, and in fact ap-
pear to have a program for Mich-
igan swimming supremacy well
under way.
How was the smooth transition
accomplished? NCAA and Big Ten
champions are not born out of
pure luck, so let's examine the
methods Stager and Harlan have
carefully planned and used to
build their present team.
Stager feles one rason for suc-
cess lies in his and Harlan's back-
44 ground. He described Mann and
Ohio State's Mike Peppe as two
of the foremost experts at pick-
ing good high school talent. Both
these coaches have mastered the
ftechnique of determining quite
accurately whether a prospect
would develop into a great swim-
GUS STAGER mer or not.
in the tradition of Mann . Stager feels one reason for sue-
under Mann and Harlan's under
Peppe gave them both insight into the two elder coaches' ability for
choosing and developing swimmers and divers.
When Scouting Prospects *
THERE ARE certain things to look for in scouting for prospects
among high school swimmers, according to Stager. He watches for
good times In the distance events of 100 and 220 yards and also puts
high value on versatility, best reflected in a good individual medley
swimmer. The varied talents on his team this year support'his meth-
ods of selection.
Dick Hanley has winning times in the free style events from
the 50-yard sprint through the 440. Unknown to many, he also owns
one of the nation's top times in the butterfly. Carl Woolley, says Sta-
ger, could probably qualify in any of the NCAA free style events in-
cluding the gruelling 1,500 meters. Woolley is also extremely profi-
cient in the individual medley.
Tony Tashnick, the sophomore who rated little attention from
most college coaches when he was a high school swimmer, is an ex-
cellent example of Stager's judgement of talent. Tashnick specializes
in the butterfly as evidenced by his Big Ten titles in the 100 and
200-yard distances, but his third Conference title, in the 200-yard
individual medley is proof of his versatility.
,Iy Hopkins has concentrated on the breaststroke this year but
is also perfectly capable in the butterfly and individual medley.
Stager also reports that John Smith, the backstroker, can give a good
showing when he flips over and swims freestyle.
In Diving..
IN THE DIVING department, Harlan feels that at last Michigan is
evening up the long time dominance of Ohio State. It won't be evi-
dent this year since Olympic divers Don Harper and Glen Whitten
are in their last season for the Buckeyes. They will no doubt dom-
inate the event in today's and tomorrow's competition.
Next year, however will see the return of Michigan's Dick Kim-
bell, who is this year's defending NCAA champ, Tony Turner, and
Alvaro Gaxiola. Ohio State will still be strong, but no longer should
they be so overpowering in Harlan's opinion.
Stager's Rulee. ..

STAGER'S RULE for potential champions is hard work. His team
of titleholders abides by this formula. Some of the swimmers put
in as many as three sessions a day, working out for a period in the
morning. Stager encourages his men to come down whenever they
have a free hour from classes or studying.
With these methods and their results Stager and Harlan must
have silenced all the doubters by now. With a team made up almost
entirely of sophomores and juniors of their own recruiting and train-
ing the two will begin tomorrow a strong bid for their second national
championship. I wish them all the luck in the world, if they need it.

Wolverine Natators Pursue
Second Successive Crown


Michigan State,
Squads Provide

Oklahoma, Ohio State,
Chief Competition


(Continued from Page 1)
Woolley are also expected to add
points to the Wolverine total.
Hanley Likely Winner
Hanley is Big Ten champion in
the 100- and 200-yd. freestyle and
is likely to win in the nationals.
Tashnick scored the only "triple"
in the Big Ten championships
with victories in the 100- and
200-yd. butterfly and in the 200-
yd. individual medley.
- Last year Yale's Tim Jecko was
the sole triple winner in the NCAA
meet when he copped the 100- and
200-yd. breaststroke and also the
individual medley. However, Mich-
igan's sophomore sensation has
bettered Jecko's times. The races
between the two stars should be
the highlight of the meet.
Woolley may not win in the
NCAA but his times show ability
to place in any event from the
50-yd. freestyle to the 1500-meter.
Yale Powerful
Yale's hopes will rest on Jecko
but he will have support from free-
styler Roger Anderson and breast-
Seats for the NCAA Swim-
ming ~ Tournament being held
here today, tomorrow and Sat-
urday are still on sale at the
Athletic Administration Build-
ing from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon,
and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
for the remainder of the meet.
Reserved seats for tomorrow
night and Saturday afternoon
are $1.50, while tickets for to-
night, tomorrow afternoon, and
Saturday morning are $1.00.
There will be no admission
charge this afternoon or to-
morrow morning.

stroker Joe Koletsky. Yale has
power and depth and also an
outstanding coach in Bob Kiphuth.
Michigan State finished second
to Michigan in the Big Ten meet
and has individual stars with bal-
ance in all events.
'Billy- Steuart will be the Spar-
tans' long-distance threat. The
former South African Olympic
team member scored victories in
the 440-yd. freestyle and the 1500-
meters in the Conference meet.
Iowa will rely on its two Western
Conference champions, Lincoln
Hurring and Gary Morris. Hurring
is rated a "sure win" in both back-
stroke events. Morris was title
holder in the 50-yd. freestyle.
Diving Power
Ohio State will rely on its divers,
Olympians Don Harper and Glen
Whitten, who are expected to fin-
ish 1-2.
Former Michigan Coach Matt
Mann said of his Oklahoma team,
"We won't win the nationals but
we'll be a nuisance to the team
that does."
Mann's best swimmer is prob-
ably Jeff Farrell, who finished
third in both the NCAA 100- and
220-yd. freestyle races last year.
Farrell is considered by Stager as
"one of the toughest swimmer's in
the meet."
Other top swimmers in the meet
include Stanford's Robin Moore,
100-yd. freestyle world record
holder; John Hammond and Jim
Stanley of Harvard; Army's May-
lon Kirk; Miami's Jack Nelson;
Bowdoin's Bob Plourde and diver
Ron Smith of SMU.
3:00 p.m.-One-Meter Diving Prelimi-
naries and Semi-Finals
7:00 p.m.-1500 Meter Freestyle Finals
8:30 p.m.-One-Meter Diving Finals

... Stanford freestyler ... MSU'S 1500 threat ... OSU diving star
Bi Ten Wrestlers Enter NCAA Meet

Wrestlers from the wide-open
areas of the Missouri valley al-
ways tend to dominate the NCAA
championships, but the Big Ten
alsp makes itself felt.
Oklahoma A&M has dominated
the scene since the meets were
originated in 1929, and has won
the title 18 times. Its sister insti-
tution, the Oklahoma Sooners,
are the present champs by virtue
of their third crown, and are the
only other school to win more
than one meet.
Indiana Only Winner
Indiana is the only Big Ten
school that has ever won the title,
as the Hoosiers did the trick back
in 1932. Other schools that have*
reigned are the perennial powers
from the Corn State-Iowa State,
Iowa Teachers, and Cornell
(Iowa) - and the recent power-
house of the east, Penn State.
Aside from Penn State, Pitts-
burgh has also grown into an
Eastern power. As in the past few
years, the NCAA championship
battle on March 28 and 29 should
be among Oklahoma, Oklahoma

A&M, Iowa State, Pittsburgh and
Penn State.
The Big Ten's main impression
has been in the form of individual
stars. Although the Big Ten's top
teams, lately Michigan and Iowa,
have seldom finished higher than
fifth or sixth, the top loop wrest-
lers have been very impressive.
Only twice in the history of the
meets has the Conference failed
to have at least one individual
Individual Stars
Curently there are three na-
tional champions in the Confer-
ence - 123-lb. Richard Mueller
of Minnesota who was the 1953
titlist, and 147-lb. Simon Roberts
of Iowa and heavyweight Bob
Norman of Illinois, both last
year's winners.
Aside from these three, there
are many other Big Ten grapplers
who should draw great attention,
and possibly titles, come the end
of the month when the nation's
collegiate wrestlers meet at Lara-
mie, Wyo., for the NCAA meet.
Michigan's Max Pearson, Big
Ten 130-lb. champion for two

years and nominated "Outstand-
ing Wrestler" of this year's Big
Ten meet, was runner-up in the
1957 NCAA finals. Penn State's
Johnny Johnston, pastern colle-
giate champion for two years,
edged the Michigan captain, 7-5.
Last year's Michigan captain,
Mike Rodriguez, met with tough
luck in three straight NCAA
meets, and never emerged with a
title, but maybe things will go
better for Pearson, who will be
the only 'M' man at the meet.

Memory of Loss to Illini
Still Fresh to Gymnasts

Michigan's gymnastics team
leaves this morning for Iowa City,
scene of this year's Big Ten Meet,
with memories of last year's loss
to Illinois fresh in its minds.
The Wolverines were underdogs
then, even though they were com-
peting in their own gym, but the
Illini were not sure of victory un-
til they captured both a first and
a second in tumbling.
Could Have Lost
Until this"event, the last of the
meet, Illinois held a 123/-1051/2
lead and the possibility that the
fIllini could be overtaken still ex-
isted. But the first and the sec-
ond gave them their eighth con-
secutive Big Ten Championship,
Next to the fight for the team
championship, the most exciting
aspect of the meet was the battle
between Abe Grossfeld of Illinois
and Michigan's Ed Gagnier for
all-around individual champion.
Unlike the team contest, the
competition between the two gym-
nasts wasnot conclusively decid-
ed, for when their points were to-
talled, Gagnier and Grossfeld were
tied for the coveted top spot.

Because of the tie, gymnastics
fans throughout the Big Ten
anxiously awaited this year's
meet when the two gymnasts
would again battle for all-around
scoring honors.
Due to an injury to Gagnier,
however, he will only be an in-
terested observer tomorrow and
Saturday at Iowa City, and the
question of the supremacy of
Grossfeld or Gagnier will probably
never be settled.
Royal's Franchise
To Be Transferred
man Shapiro, Rochester business
man yesterday purchased the Cin-
cinnati Royals professional bas-
ketball team from Lester and
Jack Harrison.
Shapiro plans to transfer the
teamback to Rochester, but the
purchase and transfer of the
franchise are subject to the ap-
proval of the governors of The
National Basketball Assn.
Philadelphia 112, Boston 97
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