Expert Field Ready in Lake Classic - Winner in 1939 Favored to Triumph Again
One of the largest fields in years to enter the annual Antelope island-Black Rock beach swim classic in Great Salt lake, with the national junior A.A.U. championship at stake for the first time, will pluge off the beach at Antelope Island at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday to begin the long chase back to the finish point at Black Rock beach pier. The distance of the swim is exactly 8.12 miles.
The swim, together with religious services in honor of the pioneers of Utah, to be held in Salt Lake City Sunday evening, form the Covered Wagon days' offering to its visitors Sunday.
Not only is the field one of the largest in recent years, Dr. Munn Q. Cannon, swim chairman of the intermountain A.A.U. declared Saturday, but the list of possible finishers to the long grind is exceptionally large. Every entrant according to the chairman, is a proven swimmer, and with good weather is almost certain to complete the course.
The old master of the salt course, Orson Spencer of Ogden, many times winner, was forced to withdraw this year because of injuries received in an automobile accident, and Edward C. Watson of Salt Lake City, winner in 1939 in extremely stormy seas, was installed an early favorite. The showing of Ken Lyman, former Granite star, in recent weeks has made him the dark horse favorite. Great things also are expected of Byrne Fernelius of Ogden, third place winner in 1939, and Wesley Workman of the University of Utah, swimming the race for the first time.
The swimmers, an even dozen, will assemble at Black Rock beach at 9 a.m. for registration and physical examination by Dr. C. Ralph Cornwall of Salt Lake City. They will be ferried by the big cruisers of Salt Lake county, piloted by Deputy Sheriff George Knepp, the Sea Scouts Stansbury, under the direction of Stanley Evans, and the Spear-Bray cruiser of Magna. The start will be made from Antelope island to bring the finish close to 3 p.m. at Black Rock. It will be approximately 11:30 a.m. in case of good weather, and earlier if the lake is stormy.