Among victorious swimming coaches there are two kinds of men, those who fret and never sleep, and those who work hard, but lead the good life and sleep well. Varsity mentor Bill Brooks, of the latter category, might just as well stay in bed today, because his boys are going to murder Brown.
The varsity meet starts at 3:30 p.m. at the I.A.B., with the freshmen opening up at 7.
It may be gradual strangulation or an immediate slaughter, but it will be murder none the less. The Crimson may yet have a long way to go before at can think of beating Yale, but last week's 55-39 victory over Springfield was not an indication of this year's true potential.
In the first place, since it was the season's opener, Brooks held his power in reserve at Springfield. Few of the big guns swam more than once, and most of them were in the 400-yard medley relay, where Bob Kaufmann, captain Bill Schellstede, Jim Coffman, and Fred Cooley breesed to a new pool record of 3:57.2.
Olympian Bruce Hunter and newcomer John Pringle hauled in victories in the 60 freestyle and 200 butterfly respectively, and them retired to the stands. Depth and balance carried the day, and the meet was not a rough one.
Outstanding Bruin Swimmers
Where Springfield had two outstanding swimmers in Ken Kanny and Hank Holte, Brown has two and perhaps more. Junior John Morris will be a major threat in the freestyle, while his classmate Prentice de Jesus will be the man to beat in the butterfly.
Along with de Jesus, captain Bill Fulton (breast-stroke), Bruce Rogers (back-stroke), and sophomore Dick Paul (free style), make up the strong medley that downed Columbia last week. This group is the strength of the Brown squad.
It is definitely not a team to be sneered at. The Bruins' 63-32 victory over Columbia matches exactly the score of last year's Harvard-Brown contest.
Despite what may be a slow season's start, timewise, the varsity swimmers should have little trouble today. It looks like mostly murder.