Sport: Wrong by Nell?

When chubby Nell van Vliet, 22, a baker's daughter, arrived from Holland two months ago, she waved her hand at the questions, ticked off U.S. women swimmers: "Free style? Yes, Ann Curtis, the best in the world. Your backstroke swimmers? Two or three good ones. But breast-strokers?" Nell wrinkled her nose significantly. She knew that she was far & away the best woman breaststroke swimmer going.

At Daytona Beach last week, in a practice swim, Nell breast-stroked 220 yards in breath-taking time (16 seconds faster than the record). She seemed to be a cinch...

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