Aquamen Drub Yale Substitutes, 87-26
Elis Turn Selves Into Dog-Paddlers
Army wouldn't do it to Navy. USC wouldn't do it to UCLA. Ohio State wouldn't do it to Michigan. But Yale did it to Harvard, and that's why they're Yale.
By leaving its best swimmers home to practice for the upcoming Eastern Championships, Yale's depleted swim team provided little competition for a fire-up Harvard squad, which won Saturday afternoon's meet easily, 87-26.
And whereas nothing should be taken from the Crimson's fine performance in the last meet ever to be held in the Indoor Athletic Building, Yale's complete lack of class could not avoid dampening the euphoria.
Highlights of the meet were all on the Crimson's side. Kevin O'Connell, captain of the team, broke the pool record in the individual medley race by two seconds as he recorded a 1:56.97.
Tom Wolf also entered the record books with his performance in the 200-yard backstroke competition. Wolf's 1:53.47 set a new University record.
A third mark fell in the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay, won by Malcolm Cooper, George Keim, Wes Raffle and Duncan Pyle. Cooper's leadoff split of 0:47 was a new pool record.
In the diving competition, the Crimson's Roger Johanigman won the one-meter required while his teammate Mike Toal won the optional competition.
The record books won't show, however, the real story behind the meet--Yale's concession of defeat.
Coach Peter Orscheidt's comments on Yale's maneuver ranged from a docile, "It's just a difference of philosophies in preparing for the Easterns," to calling Yale "a bunch of chickenshits."
Harvard had primed all season to beat Yale and then advance into the Easterns so yesterday's experience was an obvious let-down. Last year, when the roles were reversed, Harvard went to New Haven, fought hard, but lost. "Still," Orscheidt added, "it was Harvard-Yale."
"They (Yale) think they're good enough to win the Easterns. There's no chance in hell they'll win the Easterns." --Coach Peter Orscheidt