Hawkins Awarded Major Swimming Letter at Specialty Faculty Meeting
David Hawkins '56, of Leverett House and Fairbright, Now South Wales, has been voted a major swimming letter, the Faculty Committee on Athletics announced last night.
Athletic Director Thomas D. Belles termed it "a special award in recognition of Hawkins' accomplishments in notional and international competition since enrolling at Harvard."
The Australian, who won three events for the Crimson in this summer's Mid Ocean Championships at Bermuda, said he was very thankful he had a chance to go to Bermuda. "I hope I can help the Crimson swimming team this winter," he added.
He represented Australia in the 1952 Olympian where he placed 10th in the 200-meter breaststroke. He is also National AAU 100-yard and outdoor 200-meter butterfly breaststroke champion.
He went to the Mid-Ocean Championships at his own expense and won the 100-yard freestyle, the 100-yard fly breaststroke, and the 100-yard orthodox breaststroke.
Hawkins, outstanding swimmer on the freshman team last winter, captained the group to one of the best won-lost records ever made by a Yardling swimming team.
In the Yale meet last winter Hawkins swam in so many events that he was beaten at his specialty, the breast stroke, by a tenth of a second.