Sport: Victory for the Flail

At schools as small as State University Teachers College at Cortland, N.Y. (enrollment 1,800), coaches of any sport are happy to settle for so-so teams. They may dream of training champions, but they make do with what they have. Cortland's Swimming Coach Dr. James E. Counsilman was even willing to work with a sandy-haired freshman named George E. Breen, whose best effort for the 440-yd. freestyle was a dismally slow 7:30. "He looked as though he might drown," says Counsilman, remembering that sad performance in the fall of 1952. Breen thought the coach...