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Al Wiggins, Ohio State's all-round swimmer, proved once again that he is master of all strokes, churning 200-yard individual medly (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle) in 2:07.5 to better own U.S. record in NCAA championships at New Haven, Conn. (March 31).
Sylvia Ruuska, blonde 13-year-old Berkeley, Calif. youngster, took field by surprise in Miami International Swim Regatta, covered 400-yard individual medley in 5:16.8, nearly two seconds better than Shelley Mann's U.S. mark (March 30).
Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore, shorn of his goatee by Athletic Commission ruling but still packing plenty of excess weight around paunchy middle, toyed with Howard King for 10 rounds to win nontitle bout at Sacramento.
L. (for Langston) C. (for Carl) Morgan, mystery lightweight who reduced his list of managers from three to one, floored fourth-ranked Ludwig Lightburn in first, came back from ninth-round knockdown to take 10-round decision at Cleveland.
Art Aragon, Los Angeles' brawling Golden Boy, knocked out rough Danny Giovanelli in ninth at Hollywood, gave versatile and voluble Harvey Knox, his new manager, reason to celebrate. Harvey's celebration included taking punch at Los Angeles sportswriter.
Germinal Ballarin, French middleweight, joined growing "I-Beat-Kid-Gavilan Club," outpunching once-feared former titleholder, who has little left but his old reputation, to win 10-rounder in Paris.
Babe McCoy, Los Angeles match-maker, had some more trying moments in California boxing investigation. McCoy admitted he played host to Frankie Carbo and ex-convict Mickey Cohen, was implicated in additional fixed fights by Boxers Watson Jones, Young Harry Wills and Carlos Chavez. At week's end, with McCoy hanging limply on ropes, committee ended Los Angeles hearings, prepared to move on to San Francisco and more fireworks (see page 15).