A former nationally-ranked diver has appointed diving coach of the Harvard swimming team, which shows prospects as exceptionally strong season. The new coach, Ronald Smith, who fills the vacancy left by the resignation of Coach John Connor, began his work with the team last week.
A graduate of Ohio State, Smith belonged to the group of OSU divers which dominated national swimming in the late 1950's. He placed fifth in the NCAA Championship in 1953 and ranked high in the 1956 Olympic trials.
New coach has two experienced divers on this year's team: sophomore Dan Mahoney, who was undefeated in Ivy competition as a freshman; and of Lewy, whose clutch victory in last year's Yale meet helped Harvard beat Elis for the first time in 25 years.
The divers toughest competition will come as usual from Army, Navy, Yale, and Princeton. A low-board contest against Springfield will open the season December 1.