NEW HAVEN, March 16--"The boys were tired and definitely over their peak," said swimming coach Hal Ulen last night, "but they did well ... and they'll do better next year."
Ulen's swimmers had just squeaked through in the Eastern Intercollegiate meet to edge Princeton by one point for second place in the mythical team championships. "Take Don Mulvey, a little fellow," Ulen continued. "He's light and he was tired and slowed up in the back stroke trials. When the medley relay came along, I told him he could do better and he did, although it almost killed him And Ken Emerson. You know he swam five times today--and got better and better. They all deserve a few days' rest before training for the Nationals in two weeks."
Meeting Dartmouth, Princeton, Columbia, and Yale, and then going to the Easterns on consecutive weeks, the Crimson swimmers definitely were tired, and justifiably so, on Saturday night. I caused defending champion Pete Dillingham to muff his second-last dive in high board competition and finish third behind Navy's Owen Davies and Yale's Ken Welch. It slowed up the Harvard players and added a second to the times of individual medleyist Mary Sandler and sprinter John McNamara, who were eliminated in the trial heats.
But Emerson and sprinter Dave Hedberg still managed to turn in pleasing performances. Emerson, besides swimming with the fourth-place medley relay trio in both the trial and final, tied for sixth in the qualifying rounds of the 100 yard breaststroke with Adelphi's Gary Kieler, and managed to edge Kieler by one foot in a swim-off. The Harvard junior then turned in a 63.8 time to take fifth place in the finals from Yale George McFaul.
In the 100-yard freestyle final, Hedberg managed to stay with defending champion Bob Nugent of Rutgers for 75 yard before slipping to fourth. The 100 turned into a great battle as Eli Don Sheff outreached Nugent at the finish line. The were both clocked in 51.5.
Top performances of the day were by Yale's Dick Thoman, who set a new intercollegiate 100-yard backstroke record of 56.9 in the trial heats, and Eli Wayne Moore, who passed roommate John Marshall in the last 75 yards to win the 44
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