The other most promising performer at Detroit, George Breen, who swims his own rather strange splashing style farther and faster than anyone, wound up four years of work by winning the 1,500-meter freestyle in 18:13.7. To judge them coldly by the clock, the best foreigners would be five body lengths behind. "What do I do?" Breen asked his coach, Jim Counsilman, after winning a place on the team. "Someone on the committee told me to lay off until September 15th."
Coach Counsilman set his jaw. "If anybody says anything like that to you again," he said, "tell him to go to—tell him to go sink. We can put away the watch and take the pressure off some, but we've got work to do."