Two fifths of a swimming season has verified what coach Hal Ulen knew at the beginning of the season, but has added nothing.
He has a squad led by four men who rank among the best in the East, if not in the country. He has a team which will have a battle on its hands at Dartmouth, but which should go down to its final meet at New Haven undefeated.
He has not yet found enough depth, however, to defeat Yale.
Captain Jim Jorgensen, probably the most unorthodox but most powerful free styler in the country, seems unbeatable in the 200 and 400.
Dave Hawkins has proved his lithe versatility by the increasing ease with which he handles all four strokes of the new 200-yard individual medley. Chouteau Dyer is gaining finesse and may lower the 100-yard sprint record he set earlier this year.
Finally Greg Stone, picking up poise and polish off the board, gives the Crimson diving strength that has long been lacking.
But these men were counted upon; their needed performances were predicted. What Ulen needs is something more. To date, only Rog Clifton and Jon Lind have shown a helping hand, placing second to Dyer in the 50 and 100. With Gus Johnson, they give the Crimson good sprint strength.
But juniors Sigo Falk in the breaststroke and Pete Macky in the individual medley have not shown accompanying ability in their events, while Tom Cochran in the 220, Fletcher Davis in the 440, Duane Murner in the dive, and Grif Winthrop in the backstroke have not yet contributed threatening times.
Time for Improvement
Nevertheless, the season is still just two fifths over; there is time as well as room for improvement.
Between now and the Yale meet is a contest at Dartmouth. The Green boasts not only standout swimmers, but a crew of sophomores from its exceptionally strong freshman team of last year, and all will have the advantage of their home pool.