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The Harvard varsity squash team elected junior Rick Sterne of Lowell House and Armonk, N.Y., captain for the next season. He will replace senior Craig Stapleton.
Sterne was sidelined for the last three matches because of a cyst operation. Squash Coach Jack Barnaby has said that if Sterne had not been injured. Harvard would have easily beaten Navy for the nine-man intercollegiate title, instead of losing by one point.
Sterne's most important victory this season came when he beat otherwise undefeated Clay Hamlin of Pennsylvania to enable the Crimson to pull out a 5-4 win to to capture the Ivy Squash title.
As a sophomore last year, in the most exciting match of the National Intercollegiate Championships, Sterne upset first seeded Maurice Heckscher in five extra point games, but then lost in the semifinals.
This past year he started out in the first position, but played most of the season in the second spot behind Anil Nayar.
The swimming team elected junior Peter Alter of Dunster House and Waterbury, Connecticut captain for the next year. Alter is the first diver to be elected captain since the late 1930's.
He started swimming as a freshman at Crosby High School and finished second three years in a row in the New England high school diving championships.
Alter's best performance this year came in the Yale meet when he placed second behind Bill Murphy with a 235 point total.
Last year in the Eastern swimming championships Alter came in 12th on the high board. This year, he finished 11th on the high board and 12th on the low board.
Harry Jergesen, who started fencing at Harvard and, as a sophomore, twice defeated Olympian and NCAA champion Paul Petsy, has been elected captain of the 1967-68 varsity fencing team.
A first-team all-Ivy selection in the epee as a sophomore. Jergesen '68, of Lowell House and Mill Valley, Calif., had an up-and-down year this winter.
He started slowly, losing several early matches, but came back strong in later weeks to defeat Cornell's all-Ivy Leaguerer Don Sieja, and score two 5-1 victories over Yale, and is now expected to do well in this weekend's New England epee championships.
Jergesen's most satisfying win of the year, however, came last weekend in the alumni meet, when he slashed Giles Constable '50, 5-1, to average Constable's 5-0 victory of last winter.
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