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Tuesday, April 7, 1942 Page 5
Oregon loses a good coach in Mike Hoyman, a mighty
good coach. The dusty record books show an enviable record
in the win and loss column, and the list of All-American
swimmers turned out by the g'enial coach add to the impres
siveness of the list. But for our money his worth goes deeper.
I Toyman's method of coaching has always had the admira
tioi^of this column. Few coaches know their trade better. Be
fore any meet Mike could take you into his office, pull out
a sheaf of papers and then and there figure out a score, event
by event, on. the coming meet. When the story of the meet
came out in the paper you would usually find the same thing
there that Mike had showed you on paper.
Really Follows the Sport
That comes from following sports. Mike could rattle off
the times of any fair swimmer on the coast. Any morning dur
ing the swimming season one could find Mike down in the
Journalism shack poring through papers, probing out the
times of various swimmers in various events. Does it pay
profits? Well, last year Hoyman took an Emerald sport writer
into Ids office, told him who would win each event in the OSC
Oregon match, and hit the score right on the head.
— And Hoyman knows his swimming. 11 is victories, his All
Americans all show that. There were many little things in his
coaching which spectators missed but which meant a great
deal to the boys. Few noticed. 1 suppose, the new turn that his
splashers used this year. It was an easy thing to miss. A couple
of swimmers come churning up to the edge of the pool, hands
touch the edge, flaying legs kick up a spray of water and the
swimmers are heading for the other end of the pool. Mike
changed the turn used by OregQn swimmers—a small thing
but a thing that shaved a split second off of times and split
seconds mean records.
Something Good in Coaching
Few knew, I suppose, that most of the swimmers on the
Oregon teams knew a lot about the other fellows’ events. They
knew the proper style, the pacing, and many other little things.
The spectators probably noticed that during a, meet most of
the swimmers would be on the side shouting to the teammate
in the water. It wasn't always encouragement they were shout
ing. Over the roar of churning water they were yelling things
like this: “You’re kicking too much water—watch your stroke,
you’re digging too deep.’’ In a sense they were all doing a
And if a swimmer got out of line it wasn’t always Mike
who tried to get him back in line. Often it was a group of
the swimmers. They’d corner the one in question and talk
with him. There were no hard feelings on any of Mike’s
But the exploits written in the record books are the things
oir^viiich Iloyman’s name as a coach will last so let’s take a
look at them. lie started his coaching career in 1934. That
year liis splashers won all their dual meets but were pushed
into second place in the Northern Division meet.
A Great Era in Oregon Swimming
Then started a great era. In 1935 with swimmers like Jim
and Chuck Reed and Jim Hurd the Oregon team swept to^the
championship. Came 1936 with the same nucleus back and
Oregon swept the coast and ended up with the Northern Divi
sion crown and also the mythical coast crown. They dunked
San Jose State, upset a favored Stanford, and set records spin
ning in drowning California.
Next year they again splashed to the Northern Division
championship. Three years and no defeats, three division cham
pionships and one coast crown. That was enough for the Uni
JEerstiy. Swimming was recognized as a minor sport.
Three New Names
Next year Oregon dropped to third place. The only time
that it was ever to drop lower than win or place. Then IIov
lnan took a leave of two years. Ned Johns and Jim Reed took
over in 1939 and landed the second spot. Russ Cutler took
over the next year and again landed in the second rung, get
ting nipped by Washington in the division meet, 72 to 71.
There were new names in Oregon's swimming world. Jack
Dallas. Sherm Wetmore. and Jerry MacDonald.
It was second for Hoyman when he returned in 1941.
That was the year when Dallas clipped the record in the in
tercollegiate 300-yard individual medley, swimming it in
3:39.4 to wipe out Oregon’s Jim Reed’s record of 3:44.6.
This year’s record is still deeply impressed in the minds
of swimming followers. Division champs—mythical coast
champs—the win over Olympic club, their first defeat in five
years. They splashed by all comers in dual competition, then
-ivent on to break all kinds of records in the division meet. SB
points, more than all the rest of the teams together—a sweep
of all first places—the fastest meet ever swum in the northwest.
Yes, indeed, Oregon loses a good coach, a mighty good
Fijis, Betas Capture
Easy l-M Swim Wins
Ducks Thump Bearcat
Outfit Twice at Salem
Howard Hobson’s traveling Ducks wound up their road trip Sat
urday by blasting out a double-win over Willamette at Salem, 7 to
3 and 5 to 2
Superior hitting power at the plate gave the victories to the Ducks.
Don Kirsch started things off in the first inning of the opener with
a single and was knocked in by Bill Hamel’s triple. Hamel scored
on a passed ball.
Four singles in the second
round by Bob Farrow, Ted Pilip,
and Nick Begleries, and Don
Kirsch gave the Ducks three
Oregon tallied once in the
fourth on Kirsch’s third blow,
a single off Dick Whitman’s
bat, and an infield out. Again
in the sixth the Ducks came
VAL CUEWELL . . .
. . . first string guard, who is
working out in spring practice.
Under the personal supervi
sion of Colonel Bill Hayward, the
sixth annual Hayward' relays will
be staged on Hayward field at
1:30 Friday afternoon.
There will be at least 24 prep
schools represented in the an
nual' classic. When the meet
was originated in 1937, only six
schools were represented, but
in the last two years, more
than 20 schools have taken
Vancouver’s Trappers will not
defend their class “A” title this
year because of an out of state
restriction. Medford, always a
contender, will be absent this
Molalla will defend the class
“B” title, and Vernonia will be
there to defend the class “C”
crown. The relays will be held at
Corvallis next year, still bear
ing the same name, and will al
ternate between the two schools
in future years.
through with another when Bill
Carney hit to left, reached third
cn an error and scored on an in
Nick Begleries had the Bear
cat hitters pretty much out on
a limb, allowing just six blows.
The second contest went eight
innings before the Ducks cracked
the tie with a three-run salvo
which was prompted by singles
from Burns, Farrow, and' Pilip.
R H E
Oregon .230 100 100—7 9 5
Willamette 000 100 020—3 6 6
Begleries and Pilip; Richards
Oregon .010 001 03—5 8 2
Willamette . 200 000 00—2 6 1
Bubalo and Pilip; Toolson and
By ERLING ERLANDSON
Warfare continues on the ten
nis courts as the varsity and
freshman elimination tourna
ments roll into the closing stag
es. In the varsity it’s Frankie
Baker and Johnny Williams head
ing the parade. The two play for
the No. 1 position tomorrow af
ternoon at 3.
Fred Howard, Art Damschen,
and Ken Hamilton lead the
frosh with the main event also
scheduled for tomorrow. John
Jensen, a product of Mount
Shasta, stepped into the No. 4
frosh berth after losing to
This afternoon Jim Rickseck
er plays Allen Gard and John
McCliment meets Lloyd Man
ning for the varsity. The win
ner of the McCliment-Manning
match then plays Joe Rooney.
In turn, the winner of the Roo
ney-? match takes on the win
ner of the Ricksecker-Gard
feud at 4:30 today.
In freshman competition Ken
Hamilton and Art Damschen play
at 3 today with the winner meet
ing Fred Howard tomorrow. Also
set for this afternoon is a match
between Bob Rowan and Nick
Reed and one between Hugh
Crawford and John Williams.
In the varsity matches played
yesterday Frankie Baker buzzed
through Jim Ricksecker, 6-4 and
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Sig Eps Have
By JOE MILLER
The waters of the men’s
pool sprayed to the best IM
swimming so far this year
when the bouncing Betas and
the runaway Fijis swept EV
ERY first place in their meets
with the ATOS and the Kappa
Sigs to win 41 to 7 and 34 to 13.
respectively. The Sig Eps, led by
Hal Harris, edged out last year’s
champs, the Phi Delts, 25'j to
22'/., in a tight swim-fest. These
winning teams move up to the
semi-finals, and the final play
off for the swimming champi
onship will be held Friday.
The Fiji-Kappa Sig meet was
just a long parade of Fiji wins.
Jake Risley outswam Warren
Charleston and Gordie Stanley
of the Kappa Sig clan to win in
22.2. Big John Emerson tanked
Kappa Sig Don Richardson in the
40-yard back stroke in slow
time, 26.9. George Otten trailed
in third for the Phi Gams. Tom
Whitmore outlasted Kappa Sig
Don Belding in the 40-yard breast
stroke in 26.2 with Bob Range
trailing far to the rear to add
another Phi Gam point.
Almost Crack Record
The Fijis rolled right on in the
relay events. Emerson, Whit
more and Risley won by a half
length in the near-record time
of 1:14.8. It was the same old
story in the 120-yard freestyle.
Jake Risley, Range, and Emer
son splashed to the north side
of the pool, winning by a half
length, and the Fijis were home,
34 to 13.
The only difference in the
victory of the 41 to 7 victo
ry of the Betas over the ATOs
was that the score was a tri
fle higher, and that Beta War
ren Finke nearly broke the 40
yard backstroke record again,
missing again by .3 of a sec
It was Finke, Duden, and far
to the rear, ATO Carl Little in
39.4. Duden, Sheahan, and Sam
Crowell teamed up to sweep the
120-yard medley relay for the
Betas in 1:21.5. The final event
went to those hot Betas, too.
Lyon, Finket and Kaufman
came home by a quarter of a
length in 1:08.1, and the meets
were wrapped up for the day.
The championship team should
be one of these three clubs.
Harris Wins Freestyle
Hal Harris encountered his
toughest opponent yet in the
opening SPE-Phi Delt event, the
40-yard freestyle. It was Chub
Church, who pushed Harris to
the line a half-stroke behind, in
the fast time of 20.2. Dean Van
Lydegraf of the SPE aquacaders,
trailed in the place spot.
Harris had much less trou
ble in the next event, the 40
yard backstroke. Hie out
splashed Phi Delt Frank Wat
kins by a half length to win
in 26.4. Walt Kresse and Mau
ry Salomon tied for third spot,
coming in a dead-heat. A1 Con
yne took over the SPE chores
in the 40-yard backstroke,
beating Phi Delt Bob Stan
bery by a whisker with an
other Phi, Tom Boyden, cap
turing third place. The event
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