Article 019 c.1962

Youthful Swim Quartet
Eyes Bigger Challenge


Dennis Manrique taught himself how to swim at the age of eight while just three years ago Pete Adams had trouble stroking two lengths of the pool. But today both 16-year-old Detroit youths are hailed as members of a national relay record unit.
Last weekend Denny and Pete combined with Rick Skarbo and Ray Ferguson for a 2:02.7 clocking in the 200-meter medley relay at the Fort Wayne (Ind.) open AAU championships. The time clipped five-tenths of a second off the 2:03.2 mark set a year ago by the Aqua Bears, of California. 
With each swimming 50 meters, Skarbo led off in the backstroke, Manrique followed in the breaststroke, Ferguson the butterfly and Adams the freestyle. 
Skarbo, also 16, and Manrique, both are Western High seniors. Ferguson, 17, recently graduated from Pershing and Adams is a junior at the same East Side school. 
The talented quartet has been swimming competitively as a relay unit for two years under the guidance of Patton Pool instructor Harry Hauck.
"I've been working with them together ever since I shifted from St. Clair Recreation to Patton three summers ago," related Hauck as he admired their newly won Fort Wayne trophy.
"I consider Adams my protege of the lot. Originally, I took him over as a raw-boned youngster of 13 at St. Clair. At that time he sweated out going just two lengths of the pool. 
"When I switched jobs, I brought him to Patton along with his school buddy Ferguson. Both Skarbo and Manrique advanced through Patton's age-group ranks. 
They surprised me the first time in a dual meet at Turners in 1960. On that 
same afternoon they bettered two national records (since broken) in the 200- and 400-yard medley relays with times of 1:50.8 and 4:04.2 respectively."
"Last April the Patton strokers uncorked a national record of 1:47.7 for the 200-yard medley relay at the Women's City Club invitational, a mark that still stands. 
Aside from their relay success, each is a most promising specialist in his stroke. Skarbo, the kingpin of the crew with some 37 trophies to his credit, set a 100-yard backstroke record of :59.2 in the Public School League last March. 
Adams captured the state Class A 400-yard freestyle crown with a record 4:04 flat in the championships at Ann Arbor last spring. As a 10th grader, he was clocked in 1:55.4 for the 200 and 4:14 flat in the 400 during dual meet competition. 
Manrique's peak prep time was 1:08 flat in the 100-yard breastroke, while Ferguson's best clocking in the butterfly was :59.2.
This summer Hauck's speed merchants are following a rigorous six-day-a-week practice program. Their daily routine calls for a four-hour morning session (7 to 11a.m.), with two more workouts in the afternoon (2:30 to 3:30 and 5 to 6:30) for 6-1/2 hours per day.
Each of the unit has physical dimensions of a football candidate. But year 'round they're strictly swimmers. Ferguson is 6 feet 2, 187 pounds; Adams 6-1, 180; Skarbo 6 feet, 165; and Manrique 5-11, 155. 
"The boys are gunning for two major challenges early next month," concluded Hauck. "I'm planning to enter them in the senior men's national AAU four-mile long-distance event at Cuyahoga Falls, O., on Aug. 4. 
The following weekend at Cuyahoga Falls the unit will make its first appearance in the senior men's national AAU competition (Aug. 10-12)."

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