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Salient. An organ of student opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 5 April 19, 1939

Unenviable Experience

Unenviable Experience.

On Saturday morning we saw the tennis and swimming preliminaries and the rowing; "Salient," encountering no opposition, boarded a convenient launch and watched the eights on their gruelling three miles from MacAndrew Bay to Victoria Wharf. The gloating manner in which O.U. received its victory was disgusting. Their cries of "Who won the boat race?—O—ta—go!" proved so disturbing that several members of the other teams betrayed symptoms of a nervous breakdown. John Bullock's condition, for example, caused us some anxiety for the rest of the Tournament; and A. B. Crane (V.U.C. cox) Is reported to have plunged next day into the turbulent waters of the Leith. He was rescued and resuscitated by members of the swimming team, taken home and put to bed. Later he seemed to have no recollection of his ordeal.

The swimming was chiefly [unclear: remarkable] for the number of disqualifications in the breaststroke events. The judge. Mr. D. Watson, claims to have disqualified some of the best [unclear: swimmers] in the world.

The Rendezvous at Allen Hod provided us with opportunities to find partners to take to church on Sunday.

On Sunday evening Knox College entertained us in the grand manner, with a film, items, and supper, all enjoyable and respectable. The respectability was somewhat strained by the museum and by "Shorty" Martin's rendering of "Public Sweetheart Number One."

On Monday we saw V.U.C. wade through blood and tears to victory in the basketball. Excitement ran high at the athletic finals, not the least enthusiastic spectator being Professor

Murphy, We saw a good deal of the professor during Tournament, and much appreciated his presence.

Big moments in the athletic finals were:

The two classic battles between Robinson (C.U.C.) and Nixon (O.U.) in the mile and between Bell (A.U.C.) [unclear: and] Ramsay (O.U.) in the quarter hurdle.

Eastwood, walking away with the 100 yards.

Irving's brilliant finish in the high hurdles.

Jack Adams' surprise win in the javelin.

Eastwood's 440 and [unclear: Cliffe] Adams' 220.

R. Scrymgeour's magnificent 3 miles.

In the boxing finals, Victoria's heroes were Ryan and McLaren, who provided two of the best bouts of the evening.