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Failing to come up with some crucially needed upsets, the Harvard varsity swimmers lost to perennially-strong Princeton, 68-45, at the IAB Saturday.
The Tiger loss evens Harvard's record at 2-2. With league powers Yale and Dartmouth still ahead, the team will have to scramble to better the 4-4 record they have had every season since 1965.
The Princeton meet was close--six points separated the two teams--until the 200 individual medley. Tiger swimmers swept four of the next five events to run up a 37-point lead. With four events still to go they had already collected enough points to win the meet.
Harvard narrowly missed victories in the 200 freestyle and 200 butterfly which could have radically changed the score. Only three-tenths of a second separated Tobin Gerhart and Dave Powlison from Princeton's Tom Garretson, winner of the 200 freestyle. In the 200 fly, Crimson swimmer John Monk put in his best time of the year and just missed upsetting nationally ranked Ross Wales.
Steve Krause had the best day for the Harvard team, winning both the 1000 and 500 freestyle events. Krause is listed eighth in the nation in the 1000 freestyle. Five others--Steve Baumgart, Mike Cahalan, John Bragg, Carl Commins, and Bill Murphy--took first places for the Crimson.
Princeton jumped to a quick 7-point lead with a victory in the 400 medley relay. Krause's 1000 freestyle win narrowed the score to 11-5. Harvard put together a second and third in the 200 freestyle with Cahalan's first place finish in the 50 freestyle to draw within 6 points of the Tigers. It was the closest Harvard would come. Princeton staged its disastrous four-event sweep and the meet was over. Although taking firsts in he remaining events, the best the Crimson could do was tighten the score.
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