January 11, 1985
Don Gambril, 1984 Olympic swimming coach, said that a former member of the East German swim team who defected to the United States was en route Thursday night to Tucaloosa, where he may be offered a scholarship at the University of Alabama. Jens-Peter Berndt, 21, of Potsdam, left his country's swim team at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City on Monday, saying he wanted to stay in the United States. Berndt, accompanied by an official of the U.S.
October 5, 1989
In addition to Don Dyer, nine others will be inducted into the Cal State Long Beach Athletic Hall of Fame on Oct. 17 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach: Hector Alvarez, a standout football lineman from 1959 to 1961. Frank Bowman, an administrator and former faculty athletic representative for the university. He is now assistant vice president and staff coordinator of housing. Bill Florentine, a basketball player from 1960 to 1962 who is seventh on the 49ers' career scoring list.
March 1, 1985 |
It seems as if you can't take a step in this town without bumping into some kind of a tribute to the late University of Alabama football coach, Paul (Bear) Bryant. Every building on campus resembles a houndstooth hat museum. Almost every wall has at least one picture of the beloved Bryant. Even Crimson Tide swimming Coach Don Gambril's office--in the Aquatic Center on Bear Bryant Ave.--is decorated with pictures of his longtime boss.
March 7, 1989 |
On the day that he was honored in Indianapolis as one of the finalists for the Sullivan Award, Matt Biondi, winner of seven Olympic medals, was quoted in a nationally distributed story as saying that U.S. Swimming, the governing body for his sport, didn't want him in swimming any longer. Biondi said that U.S. Swimming's policies on financial support, including policies on endorsements and appearance fees, discourage older swimmers. Ray Essick, the executive director of U.S.
December 8, 1985 |
It was after this meet a year ago that Jens-Peter Berndt walked away from the East German swim team during a change of planes in Oklahoma City and told airport officials that he wanted to defect. Berndt, who is now a sophomore at the University of Alabama, did not come to the U.S. Swimming Open this weekend. Just two swimmers came from 'Bama. Alabama Coach Don Gambril (the coach of the U.S. Olympic team in '84) said that Berndt was skipping this meet to study for finals.