The varsity swimming team faces one of its toughest opponents of the season when it hosts Dartmouth at 4 p.m. this afternoon in the IAB.
The Indians rank second in the Eastern League. They have lost only one meet, dropping a 71-42 decision to Yale two weeks ago, and seem assured of finishing in the number two spot for the second year in a row. Harvard, 4-2 in the league, concludes its season Saturday against Yale, and needs a victory today to do better than 500.
Dartmouth coach Karl Michael, now in his 29th season, has 20 lettermen returning from a team that was third in the Easterns and eleventh in the NCAA championships. Among them are a flock of outstanding individuals, including several All-Americans.
The two Indians likely to give the Crimson the most trouble are captain Terry Robinson and diver Mike Brown. Robinson, sixth in the NCAA 200-yard freestyle with a blazing 1:43.5, holds the Dartmouth records in the 200, 500, and 1000-yard freestyle events. He also swims in the butterfly. It will be interesting to see if coach Michaels pits Robinson against Crimson ace Steve Krause, who has yet to lose, in either the 500-free or the 1000-free. Harvard's Dave Powlison could also prove a problem for Robinson.
Brown will be matched against Harvard's Bill Murphy in the dives. Brown edged Murphy last year in the three-meter, and whoever wins this event today will be rated first in the league. A third-place finish in the diving by the Crimson's Dick Eisenberg could be of vital importance.
Other standouts for Dartmouth are Jeff Harris, Al Petersen, Ted Severance Al Rheem, and Jud Graves. Harris swims the longer freestyles, especially the 1000, and may very well be unfortunate enough to have to race Krause.
Rheem and Severance form a powerful 1-2 punch in the 100-freestyle and sometimes the 200-free. Crimson coach Bill Brook's main hopes to stop these two are Mike Cahalan and Toby Gerhart, a pair of talented sophomores.