Warren's Fred Savinsky, one of the greatest prep swimmers in Macomb
County history, continued his winning ways recently and won five gold medals
in the World Games of the Deaf at Belgrade, Yugoslavia.
In the process, Savinsky set three individual records and had a hand
in two others set in relay events.
Savinsky set the 100 meter freestyle record at 1:00, then lowered it
to :59.4. His other individual marks were set in the 200 meter butterfly,
2:27.3, and 400 meter freestyle, 4:45.1.
Savinsky and former Warren Cousino teammate Rick Rice each swam a leg
on the 4x100 meter medley relay as the United States team set a world record
at 4:43.7. Rice, swimming the 100-meter backstroke in the event, set a
world mark of 1:11.6 to trigger the U.S. triumph. Neal Arsham and Albert
Walla were other members of the winning quartet.
Savinsky's other gold medal and world record aiding performance came
in the 4x200 meter freestyle relay as he, Walla, Ron Trumble and Alan Cartwright
won in 9:14.4.
Rice placed fourth in the 200 meter backstroke missing the bronze medal
by seven-tenths of a second with a 2:43.0 clocking.
The trip to Belgrade was financed by funds donated to the boys through
the efforts of many of their friends. A $25 per couple dinner dance was
held and several contributions were mailed in by individuals interested
in seeing the two make the trip.
Fred and Rick were the only Michigan entries in the field of 15 from
the United States.
Both have been deaf since birth and last June graduated from a two-year
dental technician course at Ferris State, where they set and helped set
numerous school intramural records.
Both are presently employed as dental technicians.