Three undefeated Crimson swimmers lead the Harvard varsity onto the post-season tournament trail this afternoon, beginning with the three-day Eastern Seaboard Intercollegiate Swimming Championships at Yale.
Senior Danny Mahoney and sophomore Neville Hayes will be distinct favorites to take first places in the high dive and the 200-yard butterfly, while sophomore Bob Corris has a chance to finish at the top in the 200-yard breaststroke. Corris will have to repeat last Saturday's upset victory over Yale's defending champion Dale Keifer to capture that event.
The Elis, winners of the last two Eastern tournaments will breeze to another team title, but their individual swimmers will be challenged in almost every event. Twenty-five colleges, including strong teams from Villanova and North Carolina, are entered in the meet. Harvard has little chance of finishing better than sixth in the team standings.
In the three-meter dive, which takes place on Saturday, Mahoney has beaten every major Northeastern diver competing, though he'll face stiff competition form Southern divers and Pittsburg's Bob Hahnfeldt. Mahoney finished fourth in the Easterns last year, after leading until he fell off the board on the next-to-last dive.
Hayes Butterfly Threat
Hayes, a silver medal winner for Australia in the 1960 Olympics, has the East's best clocking of 1:54.4 in the 200-yard butterfly. He will get competition from James Smigie of Bucknell, another two-minute flyer, as well as North Carolina's Fred Lipp and Yale's Tim Kennedy. Harvard's Bruce Fowler, winner of the 100-yard breaststroke last year, has a good chance to defend his title in that event.
In today's events, Henry Frey will try the long haul in the 400-yard individual medley, while Mahoney has a chance to defeat Cornell's defending champion, Dave Hawk, in the low-board dive. Dick Smith could make the finals in the 500-yard freestyle, and the Crimson team of Fowler, Hayes, Jim Seubold, and Eric Klaussmann will be a threat in the medley relay.