Despite a scattering of illnesses, the varsity swimming team scored an easy 56-29 victory over M.I.T. in its first home meet at the I.A.B. last night. Only coach Bill Brooks' apparent decision not to maximize the scoring kept the Crimson's point total down.
The varsity swam without three of its stalwarts--Captain John Hammond, Jim Stanley, and Dick Seaton, who all were too sick to swim. Additionally, Brooks used only one Crimson contender in four events, thus preventing any possible second and third place finishes in these races.
Winning every swimming event but the 100-yard free style, the Crimson did not ascend to great heights, but was strong and consistent enough to have literally no difficulty defeating the usually weak Engineers. Tech's Dave Cahlander, however, managed to break the existing M.I.T. three-meter board record, winning the diving with a total of 74.55 points.
Sophomore standout Bruce Hunter, entered only in the 220-yard freestyle, was the varsity's outstanding performer, displaying fine form and stamina in the switchover from his usual sprints.
Jim Perilman in the 100-yard butterfly, Gary Pildner in the 200-yard backstroke, and Bob Komenda in the 440-yard free-style all performed well enough to win rather easily. Komenda finished two laps ahead of one M.I.T. swimmer.
The Crimson is definitely going to have to improve its quality of swimming and regain the use of its injured men before it can hope to do well in the league. Though the varsity beat a strong Army team by a substantial margin, all the finishes were extremely close and could have easily gone the other way. This victory over M.I.T. should not convince anyone, including the team, that future victories are assured.