The Harvard varsity swimming team will open its season this evening at 8:30 p.m. against Springfield College in the IAB. Ticket book coupons will be required for free admission, and it will be prudent to bring them, since the show will probably not be worth the $1.50 entrance fee.
Springfield traditionally makes its journey to Cambridge for the sole purpose of being thoroughly thrashed by the Crimson varsity. Although this trend is not likely to be reversed, Harvard's aquatic agglomeration, will not put on a demonstration comparable in quality to past years.
But, while Coach Bill Brooks terms this "a building year," he still feels that there's much talent in his squad. Ten lettermen, led by University record holder Dave Abramson, senior Bill Chadsey, and captain Dave Bennett provide a fairly solid nucleus, which will give the Crimson decided superiority in several events.
In the breaststroke, Chadsey, who finished fourth in the Eastern Seaboard Championships last spring, should lead many a Crimson sweep of this event. Junior Porky Pitts and sophomore Bruce Fowler will probably be pushing Chadsey all season.
Abramson should capture a healthy number of first places in the freestyle events as the junior presently holds the University records in both the 200 and 500. Bennett, along with Elliot Miller, should be able to provide some of the needed depth in the freestyle events.
Diver Danny Mahoney, and butterfly artists Harry Turner and Joe Stetx should also contribute significantly to Harvard's point totals in the coming weeks.
Little Cause for Worry
The future holds little but worry for Brooks, however. The other two meets the Crimson has scheduled in December are against Navy and Army. While the Army meet has been pushed back from December 7 to December 18, the varsity must journey to Annapolis on December 14 to face one of the strongest squads in the service academy's history.
If the Crimson hopes to duplicate last year's second place League finish, it must come up with excellent performances in both of these early meets.
But today, all should be clear sailing, or swimming, for Harvard. Springfield, while it occasionally finds one or two swimmers on campus, usually has trouble when it comes to a busload. But the contest's times should at least provide some indication about the type of season the varsity will have.
Springfield is also sending a freshmen team to Cambridge this afternoon, and the Harvard freshmen are looking forward to their arrival. Australian record holder Nevill Hayes, Andy Grinstead, Jim Seubold, Steve Teaford, and John Holland should lead the Yardling triumph.