With the graduations the past two years of Spitz and Hall, Indiana seemed likely to succumb in this year's NCAAs to Southern Cal. But the danger has been partly reduced by the timely development of sophomore Fred Tyler and freshman Jim Montgomery. The versatile Tyler, a red-haired Floridian, had a spectacular season in which he became the first swimmer ever to qualify for the NCAAs in all eight dual-meet events. Montgomery, a brawny 6'5" sprinter who won five gold medals in last year's world championships in Belgrade, cheerfully predicts that he will eventually break all of Mark Spitz' freestyle records. Then he adds, "But so will a lot of guys. I only hope I can be first."
Against Cincinnati, Tyler clocked the fastest time of the college season in the 200 individual medley (1:53.09), and Montgomery did the same in the 200 free (1:39.74). And then, such business disposed of, out came that big cake with 100 candles aglow—hadn't the meet itself been a piece of cake?—and the Indiana athletes celebrated on the pool deck. The party seemed to raise an unavoidable question: Has Indiana made a Big Red mockery of college swimming?
It was a question Counsilman answered in a What's-good-for-General-Motors declaration. Exultant that his team had, for once, filled Royer's stands, he said, "The trouble with swimming is that nobody hears much about it. By winning 100 in a row Indiana has drawn attention to the sport in general."