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1963: The Beginning of Excellence
1963: The Beginning of Excellence
The 1963 season was met with much admiration as the swimmers were eager to compete and that is what they did. That season they won their first conference dual meet when they faced Eastern Washington, with a score of 50-45. They continued to show outstanding improvement when they headed off to Eastern Washington in late February to compete in their first Evergreen Conference Swimming and Diving Championships. At the meet they stunned the crowd by taking fourth and running away with a slew of medals. Roy Mesler (pictured above) led the way with a record breaking performance in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 1:10.00, besting the previous record by nearly three seconds. Jim Budde battled hard for a mile and came up with a second place finish in the 1650 yard freestyle and helped his fellow teammates (Mesler, John Said, & Stan Anderson) take third in the medley relay. Stand Anderson also put in an outstanding performance as he brought home third place in the 100 yard backstroke. Though it was only their second season of existence, Whitworth College was setting a name for it self early on as a powerhouse in swimming.

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