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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Student's Newspaper. Volume 31, Number 1. March 3 1968

Swimmers Active

page 14

Swimmers Active

The highlight of the swimming season so far has been the visit of the Australian Universities Swimming and Waterpolo team.

The Inter-dominion Competition was extremely close, and the standard high, especially in the men's events.

An instance was the 440 yards freestyle, an event which usually results in one swimmer half a length of the pool in front of a very scattered bunch. In this competition, however, six swimmers turned into the final lap together.

Consequently when team members were fresh for the first test at New Plymouth, seven Inter-dominion records were broken:

Grahame Dempsey (N.Z.), 440 yds. freestyle. 4m. 47.5s.

Ivan Johnston (N.Z.), 110 yds. breaststroke. lm, 18s; 220 medley, 2m. 26.8s.

Keith Stevents (N.Z.), 110 yds. butterfly, lm. 4.1s.

Miss Harriet Fergusson (Aust.), 110 yds. women's freestyle, lm. 7.1s.

Australian Universities, men's 4 x 110 yds. medley relay, 4m. 37.7s.

Australian Universities, men's 4 x 110 yds. freestyle relay. 4m. 5.3s.

In the second test at Palmerston North only one record was broken:

John Stark (Aust.), 110 yds. butterfly, lm. 3.8s.

Victoria students selected for the New Zealand team were; Robbie Walker (2nd in 110 yards freestyle 1st test, 1st in 2nd test. 3rd in 220 yards medley both tests, member of the waterpolo team).

Ken Thornton, who is at Canterbury University during tre year, but swims for Victoria over the vacations (1st in 110 yards backstroke in 1st test, 2nd in 2nd test, member of the waterpolo team).

Miss Prue Brock. 2nd in 110 yards breaststroke in 1st test, 1st in 2nd test.

Miss Maureen Reilly, 3rd in 110 yards breaststroke in both tests.

The waterpolo team beat Australian Universities in the first test, 4-2, and lost 5-9 in the second test. The N.Z. men won both swimming tests, and the N.Z. women lost both.

Pool At Vic.

The club's spokesman told Salient that a sub-committee of the club is considering the practicality of a pool on the campus within the next fifteen years.