In their final meet of the current season. Harvard's Varsity swimming team swings into action against Yale next Saturday, but from this seat the chances for a Crimson victory look very slim indeed.
The main reason for such a pessimistic statement is that it is, by now, generally conceded that, this year, the Elis boast the finest team in the country, if not the finest team over to be assembled in Intercollegiate swimming history.
No Idle Boast
That this is no idle boast may be shown by a quick glance at the records which the Eli mermen have succeeded in placing on the books during the past three months.
Probably the best swimmer of all on the Bulldog's powerhouse is Captain Howle Johnson. A free styler, he specializes in winning the 100 and 200 yard races in addition to helping his teammates take any 400 yard relay they feel like winning.
World's Record Tied
A hint of the success which he enjoys in his specialties is given by such salient facts as those showing that he has tied the world's record in the 100 yard free style at 51 seconds, swum the 220 in two minutes and nine seconds, which is excellent time in any man's league, and has been anchor man on a 400 yard relay team which is expected to break the world's record in the Eastern Intercollegiates, if not before.
A second Eli tankman, whose caliber can be compared with Johnson's as Man has been compared with the angels--just "a little lower"--is ace butterflier Johnny Meyer. Meyer navigates 200 yards in two minutes, 25.9 seconds, which represents the best time turned in by any intercollegiate breaststroker so far this year.
Yale Has Three Teams
The final member of the so-called "big three" within the Bulldog squad is backstroker Danny Dannenbaum, who set a new Princeton pool record for 150 yards with a time of one minute, 35.5 seconds last week.
Naturally, Yale has other swimmers nearly as good as this trio; in fact, as Coach Hal Ulen said in a statement last night, "The trouble with Yale is not that it has one good team. The trouble is that it has three of them."