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Strength in the diving and greater depth in the freestyle events make. Harvard a slight favorite in this afternoon's important league meet against Navy in Annapolis.
Sophomore Dave Silver swept to two wins in the dives last weekend against fairly good Army opponents, and Gerdon Jones and Jan Milligan of Navy are likely to be even less of a challenge to Silver who has excellent backup help from Dick Eisenberg and Tom Wallace.
Harvard's set of junior freestylers has been the team's strength the past two years and with the addition of several talented sophomores the Crimson bolds the edge in these live events. Navy has a few good freestylers, but not as many so they may be overworked.
Four capable Midshipmen graduated, and the team suffered another loss when junior Steve Cheney was injured in a summer automobile accident. He was the team's best breaststroker and distance freestyler.
The sports information department at Annapolis said yesterday that he would probably swim today, but he did not swim last weekend against Columbia. It is doub?? that he is well enough conditioned to give the Crimson much trouble.
Though Harvard seems to have a greater advantage in the freestyle events, there is certainly no reason to concede Navy victories in the special strokes.
Two of the best races may be between but?? John Munk of Harvard and Navy's Dave Pearl and between Dan Kobick of Harvard and Frank Gunkleman in the backstroke. Midshipman Stu Powrie should win the breaststroke, but Steve Baumgart and Dave Law have been improving quickly and may offer a good challen??. The medley relay at the meet's start could be very interesting, too.
Navy romped to ?? 88-16 win over Columbia last Saturday, but every team does that to the Lions, so it is hard to determine how strong Navy is right now. The sports information office said that no times were exceptional and that no one did better than expected.
Harvard coach Bill Brooks, of course, is not anticipating an easy meet. He stressed that Navy is much better than Army, whom the Crimson routed last weekend, and he remembers last year's one-point win over the Midshipmen in Cambridge.
Navy's hopes in the freestyle events, where it must hope to cut into Harvard's advantage rest upon four swimmers-Bo Rose. Can Parlier. Randy Nettling, and Dan Baas, Parlier finished right behind Harvard captain Mike Cahalan when Cahalan won the 50-free in last winter's Eastern Championships. Rose. a sophomore, may be an even better sprinter than Parlier.
One edge which Navy will have is the famous Midshipmen crowed, especially if Navy takes an early lead.
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