Despite the loss of two star swimmers, the Harvard aquateam handily defeated Cornell, 65-48, last Saturday.
The absence of Hess Yntema and Ted Fullerton, who have taken this semester off to train for the Olympics, was hardly noticed as the Crimson managed to win the 200 free, fly, and breast, which were the events that the duo had ruled in.
Paco Canales was Harvard's brightest star as he won the 200 yard freestyle in a flashy 1:45.4. Crimson coach Ray Essick used a little strategy with Canales in the early part of the meet as he had Canales also swim in the 1000 free, the event preceding the 200 free.
Essick wanted to make sure that Harvard would take both first and second in the 1000, but when it became obvious that the Crimson's other two entries could nab the top two places, Essick signaled Canales to drop off the pace.
Canales swam a leisurely race (11:01) and then went out in the 200 free in Loughranesque style and blitzed his nearest competitor by a second and a half.
Later in the after noon, Canales came back to easily win the 500 free in 4:44.4, his best time ever at that distance.
Peter Tetlow swam a fine 1:57 in the 200 butterfly to best star Red flyer Bob Meade who placed second. Tetlow, always a strong finisher, trailed Meade by four or five seconds midway through the race but surged to the victory in the last couple laps.
Brent Haywood just edged out Cornell's Joe Steo in the 200 breast by two-tenths of a second. Haywood covered the distance in 2:18.2.
Saturday was not one of the best days for the Crimson diving corps. Harvard senior Dave English hurt his shoulder early in the week and finished second in both the one and three meter diving events to Red diver Mike Guzewicz. Diving coach John Walker only decided at the last moment to let English dive, but it was good for the Crimson that he did as the next best Harvard finish was a fourth in the one meter.
In the opening event, Essick swam one of his most unusual lineups of the season in the 400 medley relay. Malcom Cooper led off with the backstroke lap followed by Kevin O'Connell swimming breaststroke. John Craig flew and captain Mark Depman anchored the team. Depman just touched out his Cornell counterpart, edging him by a mere eight hundredths of a second.