Hopedale History
    June 15, 2013
    No. 230
    NEAAU Swim Meet



    The facilities afforded by the playground have encouraged the forming of various athletic teams, for
    baseball, cricket, and Association football. The latter team has played with unvarying success,
    defeating the strong Everett team, which claimed the championship of Massachusetts. Report of the
    Park Commissioners, 1906.

    The telephone, which was installed in early December, has already proved its worth, and is a great
    convenience. Report of high school principal, Arthur C. Johnson, 1920.

                                                                    
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                                        Star Natators Enter Hopedale Swim Meet

                                                    Second Annual Meet to Be Conducted by
                                          Hopedale Park Department Tomorrow Afternoon
                                                    Draws Aquatic Stars from All Over State

    Judging from the star-studded list of entries the annual swimming meet conducted by the Hopedale
    Park Department and sponsored by the N.E.A.A.U. is rapidly taking rank as one of the outstanding
    meets in New England.

    Tomorrow afternoon the second annual meet to be held at Hopedale Pond will find some of the
    outstanding amateur natators in the East competing for titles recognized by the N.E.A.A.U. governing
    body of amateur swimming in the country.

    In addition to his own two daughters, Ruth and Frances, Alfred J. Howarth has received the entry
    blanks of Dot Cantwell, present 200-yard backstroke champion, Peggy Graham and Elinor Kyle, two of
    the outstanding competitors in the 100-meter freestyle event, and Ralph DesRosiers and Johnny
    Ryan, who have established marks in the 220-yard freestyle and 100-meter backstroke distances for
    men.

    Ruth Howarth is confidently expected to splash Dot Cantwell’s record into oblivion in the 200-yard
    backstroke and her sister, Frances, is booked to cop the 100-yard backstroke event. Ryan is the
    favorite in the 220-yard freestyle event for men but the Worcester star will find a battle on his hands
    with Andy Diamantopolis of the Pawtucket Boys’ Club and Rollie Higgins of the Lawrence Y strong
    contenders.

    The battle in the 100-meter freestyle for women will very likely simmer down to Peggy Graham and
    Elinor Kyle, and DesRosiers has been made the favorite in the 100-meter backstroke for men.

    The meet which will start at 2 o’clock under the direction of N.E.A.A.U. officials, also has two events
    which are closed to all but Hopedale residents. Entered in the 50-meter freestyle for Hopedale boys
    are Robert Holland, Sheldon Nourse, Fred Goodnow, Ames Sadler, Robert Turner and Willard Tucker.
    In the same event for girls, entries have been received from Virginia Bonin, Jean Barker, Gloria Hall,
    Edna Cyr, Marie Burns, Shirley Webster, Doris Knight and Barbara Eckersall. Milford Daily News,
    August 5, 1938.

    I’ve copied this as it was written, although it has what seems to me a strange mix of yards and meters.
    The August 8th article on the results of the meet give all events they reported as meters. I presume that’
    s the way it should have been in this article too.

    See the results of the race below.

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