The great awakening has finally arrived. For years the H. A. A. has blindly scheduled headline swimming meets and basketball games in the Indoor Athletic Building for the same night and at the very same hour, much to the disgust of athletically minded undergraduates.
Tonight ushers in a new regime. At 7:30 o'clock Hal Ulen's chlorine-drenched squad which suffered its first defeat of the season at the hands of Princeton on Saturday, tangles with a powerful Springfield College team in the Holyoke Street natatorium.
Not until an hour and a quarter later will the basketball game get under way. In this way spectators will be able to see both contests without missing about half of each while running up and down the stairs between the gym and the pool gallery--as has been the case so often in the past.
Springfield will bring to Cambridge one of the classiest small college swimming teams of recent years and may push the Ulenmen down to the final relay. They have suffered only one defeat thus far, a neck and neck affair at the hands of Dartmouth early in the season before the Indians lost Liskow, their star sprinter.
In the medley relay, the Gymnasts boast a strong combination in Hatch, Antilla and Pincombe, who have covered the 300-yard distance in 3:02.1 (in a twenty yard pool.) This time is about three seconds better than Ulen's fastest trio has been able to do up to this point.
Other star Springfield performers will be Beck and Lotz in the sprints; Smyke, who should push Shaw McCutcheon of the Crimson for first place honors in the dive; and Leech, who was barely touched out in a 5:08 440 against Amherst.
Captain Shea of the Gymnasts has done 1:42 in the 150-yard backstroke swim and may be counted on to give Art Bosworth and Bill Drucker some stiff competition. In the breast stroke Pincombe is favored over Bob White and Max Kraus.
Following the Varsity meet at 8:30 o'clock the Freshman swimmers will meet the Boston Boys Club.