Swimming: Mighty Minnows

It is a good thing for most of the world's female swimmers that the 1968 Olympics were not held last week. Not that another year of competition is likely to make has-beens out of four U.S. schoolgirls—none of them over 17—who last week put on the most remarkable display of record smashing in the history of the Women's A.A.U. Swimming Championships. In four days at Philadelphia's Kelly Pool, nine world and 13 American records were demolished, and U.S. aquatic status soared to suzerain heights.

For an upset, there was the 200-meter freestyle victory of Florida's Pam Kruse, 17, who clocked...

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