The NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, looking more and more like last year's rerun, concluded the second of three days of competition yesterday as Indiana slowly gathered steam and began pulling away from the field. Harvard, with only one entrant, again failed to score.
Dave Brumwell, the Crimson lone performer on the second day, swam the 400-yd. individual medley in 4:20.47, well off his school record but a good performance in relationship to his heat time at the Easterns.
With only Brumwell entered, the Harvard contingent could relax and watch some great swimmers perform. In the evening finals of the 400-yd. IM, Indiana's Gary Hall completed his IM sweep with another fine performance. Swimming the distance in 3:58.71, Hall fell less than .5 second off his own American record.
In the 200-yd. freestyle finals, Jerry Heindereich of SMU, seeded first but only the sixth fastest qualifier, blew past everybody in the outside lane to win with a record-setting time of 1:38.35, leading two USC swimmers under the old American and NCAA standard.
Mark Spitz of Indiana, perhaps the best all-round swimmer in the world, tightened his stranglehold on the 200-yd. butterfly, breaking the American and NCAA record in the trials and going on to shatter that mark hours later with a 1:48.48 clocking.
In what was perhaps the biggest upset of the evening, Paul Gilbert, a key to Yale's stunning Eastern win, triumphed in the 100-yd. backstroke, beating Mike Stamn of Indiana. Gilbert, who was disqualified in the 100-yd. back at the Easterns, set a new meet record in the event of 51.29. Charlie Campbell of Princeton was fourth.
In the 100-yd. breaststroke, Tom Bruce of UCLA, who watched Stanford's Brian Job grab his American and NCAA record with a 56.833 clocking in the trials, came back in the finals to beat Job. Bruce's winning time was 56.99.
In the final event of the evening, the USC 800-yd. freestyle relay team of McCleskey, Tyrell, McBreen, and McConica shattered the American and NCAA record with the time of 6:38.63. The splits were 1:40.3, 1:40.1, 1:39.9, and 1:38.3, and that is moving.