SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1937. Volume 8. Number 5.
Of all the sports at Tournament swimming is probably nearest to the national standard in its own sphere, so that it is only a team of potential champions that can hope to lift the Shield in this sport. Euch was the case with Otago which secured a convincing victory, gaining points in every event.
Our own representatives, we are pleased to say, all swam well up to standard; Miss Hefford and Meek each gained 2nd place in their breaststroke events and thereby secured for us those two points necessary to ensure that the swimming wooden spoon went to Auckland.
Of the others, Miss Norton performed excellently and was eliminated from the finals only by the narrowest of margins. Mason swam a particularly good hundred in 63 2-6. Webb, our 440 yard hope, also met strong opposition, but neither he nor O'Fiynn was by any means disgraced.
The water polo was a fiasco, the North Island team being composed largely of "ring-ins," Auckland being unable to provide a single player.
After a game in which there was plenty of "stoush" South won by seven to one, our solitary goal being thrown by Mason.
Taken by and large the carnival was disappointing. The Canterbury haka party was not on form and the crowd appeared alcoholically somnolent.