The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 14, 1974, Page page 10, Image 10

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Swimming powers to test
UNL in final home meets
Air Force Academy, possessors of a
swimming team which is the caliber of
defending Big 8 champion Kansas University,
according to Husker Head Coach John Reta,
will test UNL's squad tonight at 7:30 p.m. at
the Coliseum pool.
Air Force, with a current record of 10-0 this
season, is "not weak in very many areas," Reta
said. 1
Saturday at 7:30 p.m., in another Coliseum
showdown, Reta's team will host uthvvest
Minnesota State College in the H sker's last
home meet of the year.
Reta said Southwest Minnesota has recently
erected an outstanding swimming complex and
is one school that is putting mot e money in its
swimming program than in other sports. Its
swimming team will be the subject of a
forthcoming article in Sports Illustrated, Beta
"I think this meet will be a very interesting
one. We both teem to be strong in the same
areas," he said.
"This team, as many freshmen teams, has
not developed the consistency required to
compete against veteran squads. However, I can
see where we have become more consistent in
recent meets."
One of the bright spots for the Husksrs this
season has been in tSil BOOyard freestyle
Freshman Jack Alexander has swum the
distance in a time of 5:01.0, snapping the old
Husker mark of 5:03.3 set by Tom Heuke in
In the 200-yard freestyle relay, the team f
Scott Martin, Stuart Waterbury, Paul Duxfewry
and Bill Davis combined for a time of 1:29.8,
well under last yesr's best of 1:32.0.
"Our medley relay of (Norman) Jackman,
Waterbury, (Rick) Redfie!dand (Stevs) Raynor
has besn consistently improving. At one point,
between two meets they dropped their time six
seconds," Reta said.
Although UNL's tankers have been
improving, Reta said all conference schools are
boasting better times.
"We recruited last year, sure, but no
conference school stood still. The Big 8 Is more
balanced and has more quality swimmers than
it did last year," Reta said.
ATOs top
The intramural supervisors
have released the first
intramural basketball rankings
of the year. Alpha Tau Omega
is the top team. Ratings will
appear weekly in the Daily
Nebraskan. Here are the top
five teams and the top teams in
the three divisions.
All-University Top Fiw
1. Alpha Tau Omega (4-0)
2. Goer's (4 0)
3! BOnfiS (4-0)
4. Glenn (5-0)
B. Alpha Gamma Rho (4-0)
Fraternity A Division
1. Alpha Teu Omeoa (4-0)2.
2. Atpha Gamma Rho (4-0)
a Delta Upsitem (5-0)
4. Alpha Gamma Sigma (4-0)
5. Thett Xi (31)
Dormitory A DivfekKt
1. Glenn (5-0)
2. HarparSjS-Cr
a Abel 8 (4-0)
4. Harper 2 (4-0)
5. Pershing (4-0)
1. 69er' (4-0)
2. Bong (4-0)
a Gregg's Gang (4-0)
4. Pack (4-0)
5. Nads (4-0)
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Loss strengthens
UCLA cagers' reign
Possessing an image as austere as the New York Yankees
pinstripes, the occupation of the top spot in college basketball
ranking by" tf.e" University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
has been long and continuous.
UCLA has won eight consecutive NCAA basketball
championships and at one point was riding an 63-game winning
tVtrtic: 71rf srhoof has achieved the stature at which
accomplishment bacomes commonplace. Winning is no longer
cause for celebration or is even news.
As with other American sports dynasties in recent years, the
parts have becoma mora interesting than the whole. Subplots are
tht hot Item. The team wil! win, but what happens offstage? Does
John Wooden swing? Does Bill Walton throw tantrums in the
locker room? Does Keith Wilkes sleep in the nude? These are the
questions the public wants answers to.
When Notre Dame upset the Bruins, it made for excellent
copy. But it also quaranteed the Bruins a ninth straight national
ft was good for basketball that the University of Notre Dame
won; it renewed interest in collegiate basketball and religion.
Many people who had strayed from the church returned, claiming
the Irish triumph proved there is a God and that miracles do
happen. Why else would a Catholic university succeed where
North Carolina State University and Maryland University had
Tht loss woke up the Bruins and made them a better
fcaskttb&'l squad. Until they lost, there was a chance somebody In
tht tournament would catch them. The possibility of that
happening now is almost nil.
Trie thing that always impressed me about UCLA basketball is
its consistently competitive schedule. Wooden deserves credit for
taking on Maryland, North Carolina State and Notre Dame during
the regular season.
to prove anything, but he played
team that will go all the way.
In his position he didn't have
them. Once again, UCLA has the
Four more high school
athletes hsva signed Big 8
letters of intent to play
football at UNL. They are Rob
Link, lineman, Boulder Colo.;
Bobby Galano, lineman,
Stockton, Calif.; Jeff Hansen,
back, Sacramento, Calif.; and
Curtis Craig, back, Davenport,
Husker cagers staged a
comeback lata in the second
half, but fell one point short
and lost Tuesday to Colorado
University, The Huskers
had been behind by es many as
12 points. Jerry Fort led
Nebraska scorers with 17
points. The loss dropped
Nebraska to fifth place in Big 8
basketball standings.
A foosbaf! team tournament
is scheduled for 7 p.m. toni'.jht
in the Union game room. Entry
fee is $1. j
thursday, february 14, 1974
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