The first negative news in connection with the National Collegiate Championship Swimming Meet to be held in the Harvard pool on Friday and Saturday came yesterday when it was announced by Manager R. L. Hoguet Jr. '31, manager of the meet, that Pete Desjardines of Stanford University will be unable to compete. The Californian, whose nine team mates will make the transcontinental journey to Cambridge and are counted on to make the meet one of the most brilliant ever held in a college pool, has run afoul of scholastic difficulties, and will be ineligible to perform in the diving.
Manager Hoguet yesterday announced that the preliminaries of the diving have been scheduled for Friday afternoon, with the qualifiers giving a short exhibition on Friday night in preparation for the finals on Saturday. It is not yet known whether or not ticket holders for Friday night will be admitted to the pool to witness the diving that afternoon.
Visitors Will Stay at Commander
From 10 o'clock until 5 o'clock on Wednesday and Thursday the gymnasium will be opened to the entrants. It is expected that the majority of the 20 teams will make the Commander Hotel in Cambridge their headquarters.
The withdrawal of Desjardines leaves as prominent competitors in the diving event, Walter Nappa of the University of Minnesota, Sherwin Combs of Syracuse, Tyson Lykes of M. I. T., Throndson of Stanford, Grandy of Pennsylvania, and Brooks of Princeton. At the twenty-fourth annual meet of the Intercollegiate Swimming Association in Carnegie Pool at Yale on Saturday Grandy placed first among the fancy divers and Brooks third.
The performance in New Haven on Saturday of George Kojac, captain of the powerful Rutgers team, has been closely watched in Harvard swimming circles. The former Olympic star was nosed out by inches in the 50-yard free style by Captain Howland of Yale, forcing the Ell star to a new record of 23 1-5 seconds. Kojas atoned for this first defeat in an intercollegiate race by trimming Howland in the 100-yard swim, in which he was clocked at 52 4-5 seconds, and by his victory in the 220-yard race, when he lowered the intercollegiate association record to 2 minutes 22 2-5 seconds. Rutgers was the only university to win more than one event.
One of the drawing cards at the meet on Friday will be the 50- and 100-yard free style races, in which Kojac will meet Al Schwartz. The Northwestern natator was winner in these events at the National Intercollegiate meet last year in Wilson Pool, Washington University, St. Louis, when Kojac was not competing.
In the 300-yard medley swim on Saturday Harms, Fordham's only entrant in this week's meet, placed first, with Meriam of Pennsylvania second and his team mate Rowland third. Wohl of Syracuse was winner in the 50-yard back stroke, with Arnold of Brown second, and Harms third.
Moles of Princeton, one of the prominent entrants for Friday's meet, turned in the winning time of 2 minutes 36 4-5 seconds in the 220-yard breast stroke, trailed by his team mate Manuch and Edgell of Syracuse.
Ruddy of Columbia was winner in the 440-yard swim, with a time of 5 minutes 5 3-5 seconds. He will compete in this event and in the 220-yard swim this weekend.
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