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Navy could win only one of the individual events in its own pool Saturday afternoon, and Harvard's swimmers went on to an easy win, 72-41, to further establish themselves as perhaps the second-best team in the league after Yale.
Early this month, coach Bill Brooks had expressed concern about the two tough meets with Army and Navy before Christmas vacation, but his team coasted right through both contests to win by wide margins and remain undefeated.
Brooks' strategy allowed for a Navy victory in the medley relay at the meet's start Saturday as he held out most of his top performers. But a convincing sweep in the next event, the 1000-free, tied the score and started Harvard on its way to a rout Greg Huff and Dave Powlison were far ahead of the opposition and Huff touched out his teammate in 11:08.0.
The Crimson took first and third in the next two events, with sophomore Al Ackerman winning a close 200-free and captain Mike Cahalan handily beating Navy's captain. Cap Parlier, in the 50-free. Cahalan later won the 100-free for another double victory. His two times were 21.9 and 49.2
As expected, the two dives resulted in Harvard sweeps, with Dick Eisenberg edging out teammate Dave Silver in the one-meter competition
No Small Feat
Brooks' strategy came to the fore again in the next event, the 200-yard butterfly. Jim Small went out onto one of the blocks, but then Brooks presented a line-up featuring both Johhny Munk and Steve Kranse a pair he used in this event last year when depth was more of a problem.
They had to contend with Navy's talented Dave Pearl. but Munk continued unbeaten with a 2:00.1 clocking, and Krause was third two seconds later to put Harvard up, 39-22.
After Cahalan touched out Ackerman in the 100-free, midshipman Rick Stringer got by Dan Kobick for Navy's only win with a time of 2:03.0 in the backstroke. But Krause and Powlison clinched the meet with a sweep in the 500-free, which Krause was first in with a time of 5:02.9.
The breast stroke continued Saturday to be a Crimson asset rather than a weak spot. Steve Baumgart won for the second week in a row with his, best time to date 2:20.8. Dave Law took third place.
Silver, who won both dives against Army, had to settle for a pair of seconds Saturday. In the three-meter competition, he was beaten by classmate Tom Wallace.
Navy b?wever, refused to give up and was the victor in the final relay.
The freshmen also kept their record clean by downing Williston Academy, 50-45. The meet was close all the way, and Harvard was not assured of the victory until double-winner Tim Chetin won the next-to-last event, the 100-yard breaststroke.
Henry Watson, who is rated fifth in the world in the 400-meter freestyle, was elected captain.
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