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Harvard Men Drown Winless Cornell; Women Finish 'Calm' Fourth in GBC's

Relaxing Weekend

For the Harvard women's swim team, Saturday's Greater Boston Championships at MIT brought some needed relief from the high-pressure schedule the women have faced recently. Approaching the meet in a casual manner, the women calmly kicked their way to a fourth-place finish in the seven-team field.

A powerful Boston College team ran away with first-place in the meet, scoring 598 points. Harvard totaled 355 points, just 14 points behind third-place Tufts.

Coach Stephanie Walsh said yesterday she let her swimmers choose the events they wanted to swim instead of requiring them to compete in their strongest events.

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"With so many pressure meets this month, I wanted to reduce the tense atmosphere and let the girls have some fun," she said.

Her philosophy may not have produced a strong team finish for the Harvard swimmers, but it did result in many personal-best times for the aqua-women. Walsh said the reduction in pressure helped the women loosen up and as a result they swam "quite well."

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Sharon Beckman, with a time of 2:11.63 in the 200-yard freestyle, scored the only first-place finish for Harvard.

The 200-yard medley relay team of Leslie Landefeld, Nancy Danoff, Sue Abkowitz, and Jane Fayer raced to a quick third-place finish with a time of 2:05.2.

Fast Leg

Mary Ellen Mangano turned in one of the strongest individual performances of the day, clocking a 27.8 in her leg of the 200-yard freestyle relay. Walsh said that performance may have earned Mangano a spot on the relay team.

Freestyler Fayer contributed a second-place 1:07.16 finish in the 100-yard individual medley, and a fourth-place 30.05 in the 50-yard butterfly, while backstroker Danoff found success in the breast-stroke, finishing second with a time of 36.25.

After a two day break the pressure will return Tuesday night a 7 p.m. when Harvard hosts Boston College at the IAB.

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