Swimming Team Picked to Win In Dartmouth Carnival Contest
Dartmouth's Winter Carnival weekend should start off with a whimper this afternoon, when the Crimson swimming team will be a surprisingly top-heavy favorite to defeat Karl Michael's Indian squad. The meet is scheduled for 3 p.m. at Hanover.
The top-heaviness is surprising because Harvard and Dartmouth have annually fought it out for second place in the Eastern Intercollegiate League ever since Yale became impregnable. The Indians have won three meets this season (McGill, Army, and B.U.) and lost only one. But that one loss was to Springfield, a squad that the Crimson defeated, 58 to 26.
Michael's problem is quite simple. He lost nine excellent swimmers through graduation last spring, swimmers such as John McIntyre, Blaine Boyden, and Frank Bruch. He lost all his divers. But Michael is one of the East's better coaches, and has managed to build a group of inexperienced sophomores, with ace free stylers Gordon Kay and Bill McAndrew, into an efficient squad.
Leading Indian sophomores are Steve Mullins in the individual medley, Phil Pendleton in the backstroke, and John Wolfer in the drive. But the Crimson also has sophomore strength in the first two events with Charlie Egan and Don Mulvey.
In the dive, Wolfer will have difficulty with Harvard's Pete Dillingham, who lost his first event during the regular season in his varsity career last week to Navy's Jerry Anderson and three nepostic scorers.