6 7e Daily Tar Heel Thursday October 6. 1977
Brown among winning swimmers
at World Games in dismal Bulgaria
B DEDE BILES
Staff W riter
During the week of Aug. 21 through 28.
most UNC students' concerns centered
around the yearly ritual of moving to Chapel
H ill. picking up schedules and going through
But while Carolina swimmer Bonny
Brow n was scheduled to enter the University
as a sophmore, her concerns at least for
that week - were focused on the University
of Bulgaria in Sofia where she was swimming
for the United States in the World University
Being chosen to represent the United
Stuk-s in international sports competition is
not an easy process.
As a freshman. Brown won the national
championship and set an American record in
the !(K)-meter individual medley at the
National AlAW (Association of
Intercollegiate Athletics for Women)
championships with a time of 58.99.
Her time in the 100-meter freestyle last
spring was enough to qualify her among the
12 women considered for that event for the
From June until August, each girl was
required to swim as many AAU sanctioned
meets as possible. In August, those with the
top times were selected lor the World
"It was really a patience builder waiting
from April to August to find oul if I made the
team." Brown said. "I was very happy when
they called me on the phone Aug. I I had
had to wait and pray about it so long."
A 100-meter freestyle time ol 59.0 in early
July earned Brown the third position out of
five available to 100-meter freestylers.
One of Brown's first impressions of
Bulgaria and its people was that everything
was so dismal.
The athletes were housed in a drab, brick
dormitory, she said, and had to wear dog
tags in order to get past security guards
armed with machine guns.
"1 was sort of offended by the
atmosphere." said Brown. "We tried very
hard to get people to smile over there. As
much as you could do to smile, they w ouldn't
Even though the individual Bulgarians
were unresponsive, toward the end of the
competition the U .S. athletes had the crowds
cheering for them. Brown said they did this
because the U.S. athletes were so friendly.
When the Americans would stand on the
awards blocks to receive their medals, they
would wave and smile at the crowd.
The young men and women of the United
States had many opportunities to be friendly
asthey captured 24 of the 42 possible medals,.
Brown's 400-meter freestyle relay team
contributed to the Americans' medal total
with a first-place finish.
In addition. Brown served as captain ol
the U.S. women's swim team.
Brown felt a deep pride for the United
States while standing on the award block
waving at the crowd.
"When you get on the award blocks and
they raise the flag behind you. you're so
proud you a-Imost want to cry." Brown said.
Despite the absence of the strong East
German women's team in the games. Brown
said the swimming competition was very
tough with the presence of several
Olympians and a strong Russian team.
Brown said although the meet was
international she was not nervous.
"Whatever the outcome. I'm always at
peace because I know it's God's will," Brown
said. "I still get the same amount of adrenalin
flowing. I'm still competitive, it's just a more
peaceful kind of competitiveness."
The American athletes discovered their
days in Bulgaria to be busy ones with only
one day for sight-seeing. But Brown and her
teammates still found time to meet
numerous athletes from other countries.
The Americans met many foreign athletes
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Tar Heel swimmer Bonny Brown was one of a number of
talented collegiate swimmers from across the United States
who qualified to participate in the World University Games
held in August in Bulgaria. Staff photo by Fred Barbour.
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by congratulating them when they won or
did well in a race. Though they didn't
understand the words the Americans were
using, they understood the smiles, hand
shakes and nods of the head.
Another way of meeting the other athletes
was using the "iiadin- method."
"They would . cray over anything with
USA on it." bu mi said. "People were
getting specialties of the country. . .T-shirts,
pins and shorts."
"While trading, we would ask the athletes
how they were doing and talk to them a little
bit. They would ask us if we had any more
friends who wanted to trade."
Compared to the other athletes. Brown
said the USA "outcheered them all." She
said the Canadians had a close team and that
no one saw the Russians except during
competition because they were secluded
from the other athletes.
Brown definitely believes the USA will be
able to continue to compete with other
swimming powerhouses such as the Russians
and East Germans.
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"As far as men's swimming, we will always
be domineering," Brown said. "Their
program is good as it stands. Men mature to
their capabilities in college and they're not
afraid to get better."
Brown said she believed the USA would
come back in woman's swimming, which has
been dominated by the East Germans since
"I don't think people are afraid to say 'lift
weights' now. and we're beginning to
specialize more in certain events like the East
Germans." Brown said.
Of all the people she met and the memories
she brought back with her from Bulgaria,
Brown said the association with the athletes
on the USA team would have to be the thing
she enjoyed most.
Participating in the World University
games may have been an unforgettable
experience for Brown, but Monday, Aug.
29th found her back at UNC coping with the
beginning-of-the-year hassles and jet lag
from a lengthy return trip.
"When I got to school 1 only had nine
hours." said Brown.
Hockey blasts ECU, 9 0
East Carolina may be coming up in the
world with its new medical school and
successful football team, but in the area of
women's field hockey it is digressing. Last
year the Tar Heels embarrassed the Pirates
8-0. and expected a revenge-minded
opponent when they traveled to Greenville
As it turned out, however, all Carolina's
worries about the Pirates were unecessary as
the Heels humiliated ECU again 9-0.
Though UNC coach Dolly H unter said the
game was not her team's best of the season,
she had to give the Heels credit for putting on
the best scoring show of the year as they
knocked in four goals in the first half and five
in the second. "We were very persistent
about scoring when they got the ball in the
There was more of a contest between
inners Bashi Buba and Vicki Greenwood to
see w ho would get the most goals than there
was between the two teams. Greenwood got
the first score on an assist by Joanne Fresco,
and proceeded to assist Buba on the next
goal making it one apiece. Next, Buba got an
assist from Laurie Ginter to go one up, while
freshman Libby Mathiason tallied the last
goal of the half.
While no coach could frown on such
prolific scoring, Hunter didn't think the
passing and stickwork was up to the Heels'
potential. "It was difficult to play our
passing game because there were so many
fouls (on both teams)," Hunter said. "They
(the fouls) ruined the continuity of the game
because the officials had to keep stopping it."
The defense didn't have as much action as
the offense as Carolina kept the ball close to
the ECU goal for the most part.
The Heels' next game may be their
toughest of the season, when they take on
Virginia at 3 p.m. Friday on James field.
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