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
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
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
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.