The U.S. swimmers were finding it hard not to smile. Not only had they broken two world and six American records, but eight swimmers had earned individual golds. In the glow of victory, national team director Dennis Pursley was quick to point out that this was not a flashback to the 1960s and early '70s when the U.S. owned the sport. "We got the message here that there's a parity in the world that didn't used to be there," he declared on Sunday night. Which is easy to say when you are first among equals.