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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol 1, No. 1. March 9, 1938



Every Wednesday night during the Summer season, the University Swimming club disports itself at Thorndon Baths at its weekly club night Owing, no doubt, to the splendid weather, and the work of an efficient committee the weekly nights have been the most successful for years, with an average attendance of about forty, good fields in all events, and races to please all tastes from that of the learner to that of the putative Weismuller.

Men are Good.

The men of the 'Varsity Club are uniformly good—although none are yet up to Tournament standard. More steady training is urgently needed. Since the departure of Mason, Carlyon, and other good swimmers, the younger members have had a hard task to attain to the old standard of excellence, but already a substantial improvement can be noticed, especially in the swimming of Ryan, Rawson, Hamilton and O'Flynn. who are all shaping well in sprint and distance

No Fast Women.

The women are another story. With the exception of Miss S. Hefford, who should win the Ladies' Breaststroke event at Tournament this year, and Miss M. Ongley, who is improving, they do not approach the average Wellington club standard. Again lack or training is the chief obstacle to their


The C Polo team has been defeated once only in the matches this season and next year should easily win its grade. As the result of practice and increased fitness, the team is now beginning to combine well. The A team met with some overwhelming defeats at the beginning of the season, but the number of goals by which their opponents win is now steadily decreasing. The challenge game between the A and C teams at the Annual Inter-Faculty Carnival, to be held on March 16th at Thornton Baths, should prove very interesting.

Our Big Night.

The Inter-Faculty Carnival will provide some thrilling races. Besides special handicap events for freshers, two Club Championships will be decided, an Interesting novelty event will be included, and an attractive subsidiary programme has been arranged.

Another unique attraction will be the appearance of Professor Ah Mihk, a Yogi Professor of Occult Science, who will perform a remarkable under-water escape from a sealed and examined sack. This miracle, which rivals the effects of the great Houdin!, is entitled: "A Challenge to Death."

Swimming Carnival.

The date—March 16th; the time—8.15 sharp; the place—Thorndon Baths (off Murphy Street). The admission is only 6d., which includes entry fees for the various races.