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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1957

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The 1957 Michigan swimming
team climaxed its most successful
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ALL-AMERICAN-Fritz Myers, a graduating senior on last year's NCAA champion swimming squad,
knifes to the water in a relay race. Myers, who placed third in the 1500-meter race ir the Western
Conference finals at the University of Minnesota last March, surprised by taking first in the Nation-
als in that event, also turning in two fourth-place finishes-in the 440-yd. freestyle and in the 200-
yd. individual medley. Myers will be sorely missed this season because of his versatility. He was able
to perform more than adequately in practically any event but the diving.

DICK HANLEY
record-setting freestyler

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ALL SET-Backstroker Don Adamski prepares to take off on
another face-up trip through the'I water. Adamski was selected
by his NCAA champion teammates to captain this year's swim-
ming squad. '

CY HOPKINS
... NCAA breaststroke winner

Michigan State in the final race-
t.e medley relay-to take the title.
The victory was a team triumph.
Of the 11 Wolverine men entered
in the meet, nine figured in the
scoring. The outstanding perform-
ance was accomplished by sopho-
more Dick Kimball, who won both
the high and low boards in the
diving competition.
Senior Fritz Myers, swimming
in his last collegiate meet, was a
surprise winner in the grueling
1500-meter freestyle and . also
turned in two fourth-place finish-
es. Cy Hopkins won the 200-yd.
breaststroke to complete Michi-
gan's first-place winners.
MSU's Depth Tremendous
At the Big Ten championships
Michigan did not' fare so well.
The Wolverines were unable to
cope with Michigan State's tre-
mendous depth and had to settle
for a second-place finish - 211
points behind the Spartans win-
ning total of 87 points. But Michi-
gan's sophomore duo of Hopkins
and Dick Hanley each contributed
two individual wins.
The Wolverines began the sea-
son rated as a possible contender
for the Conference title. Little was
known of the team's actual
strength because swimming coach
Gus Stager and diving coach
Bruce Harlan were relying mainly
on unproven sophomores.
Michigan did not look impresive
against Purdue or North Carolina
State, its early season opponents.
North Carolina State almost de-.
feated the Michigan team with
only four swimmers.
Iowa fell by the wayside, 58-47,
as the Maize and Blue began to
pick up momentum. Both Hopkin
And Hanley looked very impressive
as they defeated Iowa's: sens-
tional sophomore, Gary Morris.
The turning point of the cam-
paign was the 55-50 victory over
powerful Indiana. Facing a really
tough opponent, Michigan's soph-
omore-dominated team did not
collapse but, on the contrary,
turned in one of its finer per-
formances of the season.
Hopkins set an NCAA mark in
the 200-yd. butterfly with a time
of 2: 12.5 while Hanley tied fellow
Olympian Bill Woolsey in the 200.
yd. freestyle.
Conquer MSU
Three days later the team jour-
neyed to East Lansing to meet
and conquer Michigan State, 58-
47. Hanley and Hopkins personally
accounted for 30 of Michigan's
points. While elated over the vic-
tory Coach Stager looked towards
the Big Ten meet - and trouble
from the Spartan squad when he
remarked, "While we had the best
swimmers in the meet, Michigan
State had the greater depth." It
was to be that greater depth that
was to cost Michigan its only set-
back.
The final dual meet of the sea-
son; with Ohio State,.was heralded
as a preview of the Big Ten meet.
With the chance of a perfect dual
meet record within its grasp,
Michigan mauled the Buckeyes,
61-44, which incidentally snapped
an Ohio State dual-meet win
streak at 17. The outstanding
highlight of this meet was the
showing of the diving by the
Wolverines, who stole points from
the highly-rated Buckeye board-
men.
Thus Michigan closed its dual-
meet season with an undefeated
record, having the rare distinction
of being the only unbeaten Michi-
gan team in dual-meet competi-
tion in winter sports.
The Hopkins-Hanley duo, with
two years remaining of eligibility,
will be the backbone of this year's
swimming squad.
Hopkins, who swam the 'breast-
stroke, butterfly and individual
medley, lost only three times dur-

ing the entire season. He set a
world's record in the 200-yd. but-
terfly, but found that it was
broken one day later.
Hanley Phenomenal
Hanley missed the first semes-
ter, since he was on the American
Olympic swimming team, but was
phenomenal during the second
semester. At the Big Ten meet, he
broke ex-Michigan swimmer Jack
Wardrop's world record in the
220-yd. freestyle by almost two
seconds, swimming the distance in
2:01.5.
Hopkins and Hanley were far
from being Michigan's only top-
flight performers. Kimball devel-
oped into one of the nation's top
divers, and together with captain
John Narcy and John Murphy
gave Michigan a very strong div-
ing contingent. Myers was a cap-
able performer in almost any
event in which he was placed.
Don Adamski and Pete Fries also
performed well for the Wolver-
ines.

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