NEW HAVEN, March 10--If there is any consolation for the Crimson swimming team in the meet at the Payne Whitney Pool here this afternoon, it is the knowledge that as perhaps the second greatest swimming team ever in the East, it pushed the greatest team, Yale, to record performances for its 142nd consecutive victory.
One Eli mark, in fact, was a world record. It and other such peak performances were needed to stop the Crimson, 63-21. Don't be misled by that score; the individual races were much closer.
The world record came in the 100. Yale's Rex Aubrey, who had not been able to swim for ten days prior to last Wednesday because of a cold, flashed to a stupendous 49 seconds flat, breaking the old world mark by two tenths of a second.
This race was amazing in another respect: for the first time in this country, three swimmers broke 50 seconds for the 100 in a dual meet. Chouteau Dyer of the Crimson and Sandy Gideonse of Yale each were timed in 49.7. The judge for second place picked Dyer, but so did the third place judge. The second-place judge's decision, according to all rules, should have carried. Somehow, it didn't, and Gideonse got second place.
Dyer's time in the 100 was good enough to have won any national intercollegiate meet ever held, let alone being the fastest ever swum by a Crimson representative.
The knife-like junior also tied his own Crimson mark for the 50 this afternoon, sprinting to a 22.4. But again, against the amazing Blue this superior time was good enough for only a third place. Dyer once more pushed Aubrey and Gideonse to the peak performances of their careers, as Aubrey tied the Yale and Yale pool record with a 22.2.
Captain Jim Jorgensen was the only Crimson swimmer to take a first place. He took two, breaking a pair of his own Crimson records in the process and establishing himself clearly as the best middle-distance man in the East.
Jorgensen outdistanced the field in both the 220 and 440. He covered the former in 2:07.2, cutting three tenths of a second off the mark he established last week, and the latter in 4:40.5, three full seconds under the record he set in the Yale meet a year ago.
Hawkins bettered his Crimson mark in the breaststroke, but the competition again exceeded itself. Deed Hardin set a 2:11.8 Yale and Yale pool individual medley record to edge Hawkins by half a length, and Bill Fleming won the breast-stroke in 2:28.7 to Hawkins' 2:31. Sigo Falk was a close third in the latter race.
In the dive, Yale showed it had improved more than the Crimson since last March. Greg Stone, who beat the Elis' Doug Starkweather in the freshman meet last year, lost in today's varsity competition. Clint Hayne surprised by taking second for the Blue.
Yale also won the freshman meet, 49 to 35. Bill Murray took the 200-yard individual medley for the Yardlings in 2:26.7, Frank Gorman copped the dive, and John Trainer, Gorman, Ed Walsh, and Dick Seaton fashioned a 3:46.8 to take the final relay.