Although the swimming situation at Harvard looks more favorable today than it ever has, foolish indeed would be the prophet who would predict a clean state of victories for the Crimson squad without looking at the records of opponents to come.
Johnny Macionis, of Yale, for example, recently plowed his way through a 4:52 quarter. His teammate, Brueckel, has been doing around 5:08 for the same distance. Macionis also has turned in 2:12.8 against Rutgers, which time both Kendell and Hutter have beaten by one and two second margins respectively. Nevertheless, Macionis remains a serious threat at this distance, as must any man who can swim the furlong under 2:15.
Yale's medley relay team recently broke the college record with a time of 3:02.6. Harvard's best has been 2:57.4, but Princeton has done it in 2:56.2, taking the intercollegiate record away from the Crimson mermen. Columbia has done 3:03.8.
Princeton's Al Van de Weghe has done the 150-yard backstroke in 1:35.7, an intercollegiate record, while the Yale record is Brucckel's 1:38.7. Cummin's Harvard record is 1:37.6, so league competition in this event this year will be particularly strenuous.
The breaststroke isn't quite as strong for Harvard, with Berizzi in the neighborhood of 2:33 for the 200-yard event. Hough, of Princeton, has turned in 2:28, and Yale's Macionis hasn't competed in the butterfly race so far, his team mates swimming the event in indistinguished time.