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NEW HAVEN, Conn.--Yale's incredible freshman squad rolled over the Yardling swimmers 61-34 today. But the Crimson freshmen collected four firsts against Yale's strongest competition, to score the most points against the Bulldogs of any team all year.
Yardling captain Dave Abramson set a new University record in the 220-yard freestyle, touching out Bulldog star Bob Townsend in a time of 2:02.9. Townsend led until the last turn, but after 200 yards he apparently thought the race was over (most freshman high school meets are swum over a 200 yard distance) and stopped for a fraction of a second.
When he came out of the turn Abramson had caught him, and Townsend didn't have enough left to hold off the Crimson Captain's final sprint. The winning time also broke the NCAA freshman record of 2:03.8, held by Dave Lyons, a member of this year's Yale squad.
In the 440 Abramson was paired with Lyons and the resulting race was the most exciting of the meet. The two swimmers stayed side by side for the first 400 yards; then Abramson began to pull away, to win by nearly a length in an amazing time of 4:28.6. His time broke the NCAA freshman record of 4:32.0 set by Olympic star Murray Rose as a freshman at U.S.C. four years ago. Lyons also bettered the old record unofficially.
In the diving, Danny Mahoney took first with his usual efficiency.
Bob Abrams, swimming the 200-yard breaststroke, captured a hard-fought first.
The meet also contained its share of record-breaking performances by the Bullpups. Steve Clark set an NCAA mark of 21.6 in the 50 and 48.0 in the 100; Dale Kiefer set a Yale freshman mark of 2:06.5 in the butterfly.
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