|Cooley Swims to 3rd Title
Cooley High survived an East Side tidal wave Thursday
night and took its third straight City League swimming title before a packed
gallery at Patton Pool.
Denby, rallying brilliantly in the final three events,
came within a half- point of taking the championship to the East Side for
the first time in 11 years, but the Cardinals wouldn't panic and won, 50-1/2
Cooley enjoyed a 10-1/2 point lead over the Tars going
into the final three events, but Cooley coach Harold Lindsay knew that
his squad was in for a battle.
"We should have done better earlier," Lindsay said with
the two relays and 200-yard freestyle left on an 11- event program. "We've
opened the door for Denby."
But a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay,
final event of the night, saved the championship for Cooley.
Denby had to beat Cooley in this event by two places but
could do no better than third.
Records were set in six of the 11 events and Pete Adams,
a 15-year-old sophomore from Pershing, was the night's biggest winner.
Adams splashed to records in both the 400-yard freestyle
and 200-yard freestyle to mark himself as one of the city's coming stars.
Denby could probably blame Adams for its defeat.
Pete upset the Tars' Monty Blashill in both events.
Although he won both his events, Eastern's Jim MacMillan,
reputedly the league's top freestyler, was below form.
Macmillan was handicapped by a cold, but was still strong
enough to win handily in both the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual
Adams also supplied the evening's strongest finish when
he came from behind in the final 50 yards to nip Blashill by a stroke in
the 200-yard free.