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About The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current | View Entire Issue (Feb. 25, 1976)
Wednesday, febaiary 25, 1973
By Scott Jones
Ellen Hollander won four individual swimming events
and swam on one winning relay last weekend in the Big &
Conference meet. That's good. Good enough, anyway, to
be named this week's athlete of the week.
But amid that success, freshman Hollander also failed
to meet any of the qualifying standards to compete in the
national meet March 18 through 20 in Fort Lauderdale,
That's bad. Especially because UNL swimmers have
only one more chance to qualify-at time trials Friday in
the Women's Physical Education Bldg. pool.
"I felt that I had to do it (qualify) in the Big 8 meet,
but 111 just have to wait and see," Hollander said. "I just
wish there was a little more time."
Hollander, a graduate of Omaha Marian High School,
won the 50-, 100- and 200-yard breasfstrokes (all in Big 8
record time), the 100-yard individual medley and was a
member of the winning 400-yard medley relay team,
which also set a conference record, in the meet. 1
Her 50-yard breaststroke time of 33.4 seconds is only
three-tenths of a second above the national qualifying
time, but Hollander and her coach, Pat Sullivan, say they
are more optimistic about her qualifying chances in' the
100- and 200-yard events.
Hollander won the 200 in 2:37, but that was the
first time she swam the event competitively this year.
Because of that and the longer distance, Sullivan said,
Hollander may have a better chance of beating the 2:35
200-yard qualifying time.
"Everything has to be letter perfect in the 50," Sulli
van said. "In 200 yards it wouldn't be that hard to make
up wo seconds."
Ironically, Hollander said, the 200 "was always my
worst event before, I didn't really like it." She won the
100 in 1:12.9, 1.2 seconds above the qualifying time.
Senior Ruth Spencer, who finished second behind Hol
lander in all three breaststroke events, competed in the
50-yard breaststroke at nationals last year, but qualifying
times have been lowered this year-as much as two
seconds in some events. -
Hollander, one of seven swimmers on scholarlhip, also
was recruited by the University of Kansas and Kearney
State College. She said lifting weights has led to improved
"I didn't like it at first," she said, "but I saw how
much it helped so I don't mind it now."
Hollander, a social work major, said she misses many
activites because of the time spent on swimming, but said
she does not regret it.
"Just like any sport you get a lot of satisfaction, and it
helps you in everything you do," she said.
In addition to her five victories, Hollander also fin
ished second in the 50-yard butterfly and fourth in the
50-yard freestyle at the Big 8 meet. In all, she competed
in nine events.
Other athlete-of-the-week nominees were swimmer
Pat DiBiase, a junior frora Omaha; basketball for
ward Bob Siegel, a junior from Fairbury; gymnast Peggy
Newport, a sophomore from .Lincoln; and basketball
guard Kathy Hawkins, a junior from Omaha.
one at I Higher-round draft choice
a $me 'big assist' in pro football
The Husker women's basketball win over Wayne State
College Sunday was by a score of 58-55, rather than 68-65
as reported in Monday's Daily Nebraskan. The victory in
the finals of. the large school state tournament advanced
the Huskers to the regional tournament in Fargo, N.D.,
March 4 through 6. The team is now 18-7.
The intramural indoor track meet will be tonight at the
indoor track In Memorial Stadium beginning at 6:30 pan.
Entries will be taken from 6 to 6:30 pjn. Events will be in
the following order: 60-yard dash preliminaries, mile run,
60-yard dash finals, 60-yard dash high hurdles preliminar
ies, 440-yard dash, 60-yard high hurdles finals, 600-yard
run, 60-yard low hurdles preliminaries, 880-yard run, 60
yard low hurdles finals, two-mile run. Field events are the
high jump and long jump.
By Jim Zalewski
Amidst a flurry of lawsuits and players union de
mands, the NFL soon will hold its annual college player
draft. The draft holds special meaning for Husker football
seniors, some of whom have a good chance to make it in
the play-for-pay ranks. And, according to two men who
have been through the process, being a higher-round
choice is a big assist.
Tom Ruud, who ended his playing career at UNL in
1974, closed out the past season as a starting linebacker
for the Buffalo Bills. Jerry Tagge, who directed the.
Huskers to national titles in 1970 and 71, is a former
Green Bay Packer quarterback who recently "agreed to
terms" with the Chicago Bears. I recently spoke to both,
questioning them about adjustment to pro ball and the
implications of the draft.
"I cant speak for the NFL overall, but I think the
coaches expect more from a top round choice," Ruud
said. "It's sometimes a matter of being af the right place
at the right time, but I think if you've got the talent,
you'll make it somewhere."
Tagge agreed that higher nund choices may get a
"They (professional teams) put a lot of money and
effort into the scouting process," he said. "They don't
want to waste a draft choice. Those that have proven
themselves in college over the years have less to prove In
Somewhat surprisingly, neither cited the increased size
or overall speed of professional opponents as the major
adjustment. Both mentioned increased mental strain of
the professional game.
"Learning the system is the most difficult adjustment,"
Tagge said. "It's even more difficult at quarterback. It
took me one year just to learn the system.
"Everybody runs the same plays, but the terminology
is different. A team like Dallas, with the multiple offense
concept, is simply using a few plays with a lot of forma
tion." The thinking man in professional football is not
relegated solely to offense, Ruud said.
'The major adjustment was the mental game, learning
coverages and defenses," he said. "It's a business. It lacks
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the sport concept of competing for the college. It's a
longer season and there is more pressure."
The era of the proven veterans resenting 'the "glory
boy" from college with the fat contract is virtually gone,
Ruud said. If the veterans see that a rookie can help the
team, they're all for him, he said, and most athletes re
spect another's ability.
' What do the pros look for in the draft, size or speed?
"It depends on the position, but the overall movement
recently has been to speed at all positions," Tagge said.
"Both," Ruud answered. "The pros are always looking
for some guy 6 ft. 5 in., 240 lbs. who runs a 4.5 40-yard
What chances will this year's Husker seniors have in the
Tagge declined comment because he said he had seen
only one game and did not know most of the players on
last year's team. ,
The isn,t a matter of chance," Ruud insisted.
Once you are picked, you get your shot to make it. You
have an opportunity to prove yourself.
"I think this year's seniors will fare pretty well overall
when they get to camp. They're competitors."
Last year four Huskcrs-Ruud, Bob Nelson (Buffalo),
Dave Humm (Oakland Raiders) and John Starkcbaum
(New Orleans)-gained spots on NFL rosters. From this
year s crop of seniors, it appears Wonder Monds will be
chosen first, possibly in the first round. Rik Bonn ess, an
Ail-American center, would benefit from being drafted by
an expansion team, since the others already have
established centers and the turnover rate at that position
is not too high.
With his desire to hit, fullback Tony Davis could make
eam- ,1, foresee him leading the charge on the
suicide kickoff and punting teams, eventually gaining
playing time as a running back. Defensive end Bob Martin
appears headed for a position change, either as an outside
linebacker, as Ruud suggested, or as a strong safety.
Coach Tom Osborne once said John O'Leary "could
play four or five positions for us." It wouldn't surprise me
to see O Leary get a trial at safety if he fails as a running
d.yr'amic duo 8t end, Larry Mushinskie
and Brad Jenkins, must be considered "sleepers."
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