For all these brave remarks, there remained the fact that the dual-meet opponents also were obviously steeling themselves. While the Americans were swimming in Mission Viejo, the European championships were going on in J�nk�ping, Sweden, and the results were generally good—and occasionally very good. The Soviet men, stronger than expected at Montreal, continued to improve, while the East German women were still formidable. Despite the retirement of the wondrous Ender, GDR women won 10 of the 12 individual events and broke two world records—Ulrike Tauber improving her time in the 200 IM, and Petra Th�mer breaking her record in the 400 freestyle.
Meanwhile, poor Frank Keefe could only speculate about how seriously the East Germans took the meet in Sweden—and what surprises they might spring when the Americans troop into Berlin's Karl Friedrich Friesen Stadium pool. He is equally in the dark about the Russians. "We just don't know how good these countries really are," he said. Which wouldn't be so bothersome except for one thing. What with all the wait-till- Europe cries coming out of Mission Viejo last week, Keefe did not know how good the Americans really were, either.