The Harvard swimming team clinched at least a tie for the Eastern League swimming championship by pummeling Pennsylvania, 97-15, Saturday afternoon at the IAB. The win was the aquamen's ninth this season without a loss.
Finishing first in all 13 of the meet's events, and capturing second in all but two, the Crimson completely dominated a team which came into Cambridge boasting a respectable 7-3 record, including a victory over perennial league powerhouse Yale.
Harvard Drubs Quakers
The meet followed a script which has by now become familiar to Crimson swimming fans. After jumping out to a 7-0 lead with a victory in the 400-yd. medley relay, the meet's opening race, Harvard continued to utilize its superior depth and versatility to drub the hapless Quakers in the remaining events.
Junior Tim Neville and freshmen Peter Tetlow and Brent Haywood wreaked most of the damage for the Crimson, each winning two events. Neville covered the 50-yd. freestyle distance in a fast 21.85 seconds and contributed an impressive victory in the 100-yd. freestyle event.
Tetlow, gearing for the upcoming Eastern Championships, fashioned victories in both the 1000-yd. and 500-yd. freestyle races, outdistancing his opposition by more than nine seconds in both races.
Haywood turned in his strongest performance of the season, winning the 200-yd. freestyle with an excellent clocking of 1:45.92 and taking the honors in the 200-yd. butterfly.
Junior Dave Brumwell in the 200-yd. individual medley, freshman Neil Martin in the 200-yd. backstroke, and freshman Ted Fullerton in the 200-yd. breast stroke all handily defeated their Pennsylvania opponents to give the Crimson a clean sweep of the swimming events.
The diving competition featured a rather unique twist. After Dave English captured the one-meter competition, tallying more than 300 points for the first time this season, only he and teammate John Zakotnik performed on the three-meter board.
Pool Too Shallow
The three Pennsylvania divers did not compete for precautionary reasons. The deep end at the IAB is only 11 feet and is short of the NCAA standard of 14 feet. Accordingly, Penn did not want to risk injury to its divers who are accustomed to the 14-ft. depth.
The Penn meet should be the last laugher for the undefeated aquamen. Next week in New Haven, Yale will be seeking revenge for last year's loss to the Crimson. Beyond Yale lies the Eastern Championships to be held in Princeton, N.J.