The Harvard swimming team, led by a number of sparkling individual performances, proved just how far its program has come in the last three years by dumping Dartmouth, 80-33, last Saturday in Hanover.
The meet was the first for new Crimson Coach Ray Essick, and after giving him a rousing ovation during introductions, his inspired swimmers swept to ten first-place finishes in eleven events.
Despite the lopsided score, the young Dartmouth team swam very hard and most of the races were extremely close. A key one-second victory in the first event, the 400-yd. medley relay, set the tone for the meet, and Harvard was never headed.
The win represented an impressive team effort, and seven of the Crimson's swimmers took more than one event. The list includes both familiar and new faces.
Sophomore Hess Yntema, one of the mainstays on last year's team, captured first place in his specialty, the 200-yd. butterfly; swam the butterfly leg for the victorious medley relay team; and placed third in the 200-yd. freestyle.
Freshman Peter Tetlow, a member of the Australian national team this past summer, displayed both versatility and stamina. After copping first place in the 100-yd. freestyle and finishing second to Yntema in the 200-yd. butterfly, he came back with little rest to set a new Harvard-Dartmouth meet record of 4:48.7 in the 500-yd. free.
Junior Dave Brumwell claimed three firsts, and provided much of the meet's excitement. He swam on the medley relay team, and then defeated freshman teammate Brent Haywood by a slim second in the 200-yd. individual medley. Brumwell completed his triple by besting Dartmouth's Paul Cane by only .3 seconds in the 200-yd. breastroke.
Another Crimson freshman, George Keim, proved that he is capable of filling in for Tim Neville, out on academic probation, in the freestyle sprints. Keim racked up a first place in the 100-yd. free and a second in the 50-yd. free.
Sophomore Tom Wolfe took up where he left off last year, winning the 200-yd. backstroke. His stiffest competition in the league this year should come from Crimson freshman Neil Martin, who finished a scant .6 seconds back.
Diving appeared to be the only Harvard weak spot, as Dartmouth captured both the one-meter and three-meter competitions. Crimson freshman Roger Johannigman showed promise, however, as he placed second in the one-meter and third in the three-meter.
Perhaps the most encouraging sign in the meet was the infectious team spirit Harvard displayed. Chanting and cheering before and during each event, the squad helped generate a momentum that offset the influence of the partisan Dartmouth crowd.