Yale's Dave Armstrong, Roger Anderson and Tim Jecko, who helped set world record of 3:18.3 week earlier, teamed up with Aussie Rex Aubrey to churn water white in Payne Whitney pool at New Haven, freestyling 400-yard relay in 3:15.1 for U.S. and college marks but lost chance for new world standard because Aubrey is Australian citizen (March 2).
Hill School's Bob Kaufmann, off and winging in backstroke, set pace for Charlie Griffin (breaststroke), Bryan Williams (butterfly) and Charlie Brown (freestyle), who combined to clock speedy 1:44.8 in 200-yard medley relay at Pottstown, Pa., lowering U.S. prep school record held by Deerfield Academy (March 2).
Jim Brewer, muscular North Phoenix H.S. senior pole-vaulter, sound after injury which cut effectiveness last year, soared up and over bar at 14 feet 4¼ inches to break own national interscholastic record at Phoenix (March 1).
North Carolina polished off Wake Forest 69-64, Duke 86-72 to finish regular season unbeaten in 24 games, sat back to await Atlantic Coast Conference playoffs and chance for NCAA bid, already in bag for Kentucky, Brigham Young, Connecticut, Miami of Ohio and Texas Western, who clinched league titles. South Carolina's Grady Wallace pumped home 83 points in last two games to take over major-college scoring lead with 31-point average.
Boston put down Rochester 111-102 to clinch first Eastern Division title and NBA spotlight shifted to second-place duel between Syracuse and Philadelphia as New York's playoff hopes grew dimmer. St. Louis crept closer to Fort Wayne in West while Minneapolis, sold provisionally to Marty Marion and Milton Fischmann (who plan move to Kansas City) for $150,000, battled Rochester for third place.
TRACK AND FIELD
Ireland's Ron Delany, eating up ground with peculiarly gaited rapidity of turkey fleeing from Thanksgiving dinner, collared front-running Lew Stieglitz of Connecticut 50 yards from home in breathtaking 57.5 last quarter to win two-mile thriller in record-breaking 9:06.6 and complete unprecedented double (he earlier won 1,000-yard run in 2:14) to help power-packed Villanova pile up 46 points for first IC4A title in New York. Other Villanova winners: Charlie Jenkins, in 600-yard run in 1:12.1; Don Bragg, all alone at 15 feet in pole vault; Phil Reavis and Charlie Stead tied for first in high jump at 6 feet 9½ inches. Meet also signaled big-time return of Duke's mercury-footed Dave Sime, who captured 60-yard dash in 6.2, while Olympic Champion Tom Courtney blazed through special handicap ¾ mile in 2:59.5, best ever indoors.
Indiana, bolstered by Greg Bell's magnificent 25-foot 7-inch broad jump and disqualification of second-place Ohio State (whose one-man gang, Glenn Davis, scored 16½ points) foursome in mile relay, won Big Ten crown with 37½ points to 31½ for Buckeyes.