|PREP SWIM RANKINGS
More Than 40
Dean Ray, a backstroker at St. Joseph (Mich.) High, came
close to scoring a real first for his swimming team this week.
Bidding to become the first member of the St. Joseph squad
to make the weekly Detroit News list of outstanding swimming performances,
Ray fell short by seven-tenths of a second.
Ray was clocked in 1:03.8, a good time anywhere, but not
quite good enough. There are currently 16 boys in the state ahead of him.
The St. Joseph High star's problem is a common one. It's
tough to crack the lists. But youth has a way.
"We've had more than 40 changes this week alone," said
Ecorse High Coach Pat Wallace, who compiles this weekly feature for The
News with the help of the Michigan Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.
A major change this week came in the individual medley.
Livonia Bentley's Ron Klassen beat the previous leader, Jay Osrowske, of
Dearborn, in a personal showdown, but two other swimmers then posted still
faster time - Ken Weibeck, of Thurston (2:10.2) and Rick Skarbo, of Detroit
The same pair moved ahead in the backstroke, with Skarbo
fastest at 58 seconds.
Frank Freeman, Fordson breaststroker, mover nearly three
seconds ahead of his competition with a fine 1:04.6 and Seaholm reduced
its leading medley relay time from 1:47.3 to 1:46.2.