Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 12, No. 3, April 6th, 1949.
Latest information about VUC's aquatic team is hopeful. As VUC has come last over the previous 10 years we can expect anything.
The polo team has played consistent A grade polo in Wellington this season, even though some of the men have been ordered out of the water on numerous occasions.
Bernie Knowles, star goal-keeper, supported by Ray Shannon, Pat Anderson and Pip Piper in the back-line. Forwards will be picked from Peter Fleischel, Des Dickson, Des Dowse and Johnny Watt.
On paper this is the best team ever produced by Victoria (a remarkable conception), we think. (We will tell you when they have played Otago.)
Otherwise in the competitive line they really haven't been "hotting up" the water. Of course, Des Dowse with his latest Wellington record of 73 seconds for 100 yards breaststroke and 3min. 6sec. for 220 yard butterfly will be a hard nut to crack. (He is at present NZ 440 yard breaststroke record-holder and present NZ 220 butterfly champ.)
Peter Fleischel (ex-NZU 100 yard breaststroke champ, and OU) and Des Dickson (former OU and Wellington breaststroke champ.) should be an asset.
Pip Piper (Wellington diving champ, and second in 220 NZU breaststroke for the past two years) is swimming strongly (against the tide). Johnny Watt and Ken Staples should do well in freestyle sprints with Pat Anderson doing well in long distances.
The fair sex is in a great minority (probably due to the temperature—what say, Kinsey?).
Jeanette Murray, breaststroke runner-up last NZU champs. Juliette Burrell diving again—and finally high hopes for Wendy Graham in 50 and 100 yard freestyle.
You'll need water wings, Victoria! Play us a tune, piper.