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This season has been the first since swimming was recognized as a minor sport, and with the exception of a defeat by Yale, the season has been a successful one. Over 70 men reported for practice when the call for candidates was made, and, although this squad had to be cut down within a few days, owing to the limited facilities offered in the Y. M. C. A. tank, there has been much interest shown in the sport, and a squad of nearly twenty men has been working regularly throughout the winter.
Individual members of the team expect to enter the New England championship meet this year, and have every chance of making a good showing. The season next year will be somewhat shorter than the one this winter, although, in all probability, even more meets will be held.
Prospects for Next Year.
The prospects for next year are exceedingly bright, as no one will graduate but J. McDonough '13, this year's captain. J. Wentworth '14, of Chicago, has been elected captain for next year, and he is keenly interested in the work of developing a team. He will take part in the 50-yard dash and 220-yard dash. The mainstay of the team will be H. R. Hitchcock '14, who swims in the 50, 100, and 220. His time for the 100-yard dash is 59 seconds, and, for the 220-yard dash, 2 minutes and 43 seconds. In the plunge, J. Greenough '15 is good for over 60 feet, and will be a strong man for that event next year. E. B. Starbuck '14 has done well at the hundred throughout the season, while P. R. Sigourney '15 and F. B. Withington '15 show promise in the shorter sprints. Of the Freshmen, B. M. Fullerton, R. R. Cowen, and J. A. Gilman have done well throughout the season. Fullerton, in particular, has developed into an exceptional all-around swimmer, making the 50 in 26 seconds and the 220 in 2 minutes and 42 seconds. All three, however, are strong swimmers, and their presence next year will greatly strengthen the team. The greatest weakness at present is the lack of divers, there being only two of any ability, G. Bettle '14 and M. J. Logan '15.
The team has improved remarkably in the last two years, in view of the limited facilities, and, with such good material and a keen interest shown, Captain Wentworth and Coach Mann should be able to turn out an excellent team.
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