Sport: Splashy Preview

Princeton's Dillon pool was packed to the rafters last week for the N.C.A.A. swimming championship. But few in the crowd had eyes for Michigan's Australian-born John Davies in the 200-yd. breaststroke event. Almost everyone was watching the front-running battle between Princeton's Bob Brawner, the world record holder, and Ohio State's Jerry Holan. Then, at the halfway mark, rangy (6 ft. 3 in., 200 Ibs.) Davies began to move.

Surging through the water with tremendous power, Davies cut down Brawner's lead. At the 150-yard mark, Davies took over the lead. Sprinting all the way...

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