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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 9, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta Brftjr Chuipion DiviBf 11 3'f, 'The American Mermaid Has Definitely Assumed Says This Authority. Here Are Some of the Champions and Their Remarkable Records. Mrs, Vnners SchrJlh, of San Fnuttisro, All Around Chappiofl of the Pacific Coast t Miss Ruth Crane of Abineda, a "Coming Champion." m Charlotte Boyle awd SHss Ethelda Record-Making Relay Bun- Bfeibtrey of New York, Who Defeated van, Charlotte Boyle, ISlhelda Bleibtrey tae Australian Chunpionf. and Alice Lord, course in four seconds faster time th.-jn their foreign opponent. And this. was the last chance afforded one of Uncle Sam's fair natators to mensur-j strokes with the A'us-'Jinns. They cancelled all engage- ments :i fefr days Inter. Meanwhile, though, both, ilits Wylie and Wits Durack I'.ad flatly re- fuced to swim in any stroke events, slating they (lid not specialize at. the stroke. As world's records at this mode of swimming have been made recently by Hiss Ktlieldii Bleibtrey ami Miss Ruth Smith." alreadv mentioned, ;'.s vrell :is Mrs. Frances Cowells Schrctli of Sail Francisco anil Miss Marie Curtis Detroit, there can be no disputing American leadership in this.line of watermanship. As will bo from the forogoiua Amcritar. have demonstrated supremacy at 100' By L. de B. Handley Author on American Swimming. I lias ,deJiuHely nv I sumed world leadership. Interhaticrja! su- prcmacy in water sports is iiosv hers beyond argument or oTiestion. Indications were a year ago that she had reached the top of the heap. Some hir.ted at it gently, but it seemed idle to come (iut boldly with nay such when virtually ali; ilie women's frca stylo records were credited to IHss Fannio Durack'of Australia and thoso for tne breast'ivn'.l back stroke to the latlcr's clutmiatc, Jiiss.Miaa Wylie. True, exncns were, at pains to point out trill competition in tl e land of the Uangivoo took p'a c under conditions much riore favoribla thi' the records listed in th tra coautries totilVi unreliable as ft means of conipin ou Bat >t is difficult to argue against staring figures, oiTi- c-alh bracket i! One reasons in a circle md tht fisures keep on sliu-nifr. Foreign Challengers Sli minek and Mi s Viihe urged bv a desire to que ttori Ueeln n.rig >o (rap up conccrmrfg th" r in o-rson to "show 4mencan girls thing or tw abouti as their ntanao-r George Dowsing of Seattle, info-fficd ana poblic upon Jsnding_on the PMific coast with his famous charges. The showing did not quite follow the outlined program. But it took place, nevertheless. On Aug. 16, a date which will'be inscribed in the his- toyy of swimming, the Australians engaged in their first races against the American national chsrapioni and met their Waterloo. Miss Driraek, competing in the 440-yard swimming championship, fell to the first defeat she had suffered in more than ten years. Hiss Ethelda Bleibtrey of the New York Women's S, A., a young girl barely 17 years old, toyed with her Jlrrongnout the contest, then beat her by five yards m the last twenty-five. Miss Charlotte Boyle of the same organization, caught Capping on the third lap of the 110-yard course, overcame a. 10-yard lead on the last lap, caught her foreign swept across the line two y3rds ahead of her- The best the world's recordist Jrom the Antipodes coold do against .America's topnotchers was to finish third. That came afternoon, before she had been liven an opportunity fully to recover from the hard quarter-mite race, Miss Boyle faced at 100 yards free style Miss Wylie, Australia's title holder at the distance. Respite the punishment jut undergone'the New York girl outswam the Tin'tor beating her to the mark by about sewn feet. rhrrack may make capital cut of the fact her 440-yard record stands at G'.GiU-S, while Blcibtrey's victory was scored in tet her own coraments after the race, to the cf- feet that the course at Manhattan Beach was dnTkmlt and rough, totally unlike the' fine bath courses always-used in Australia, tell their own talc. It should bo added, however, that the sup- posed 110-ysrd stretch actually measured ill the contestants covered 444 yards; that the water was choppy, the starting take-olt too low for an effective dive; tha turning floats of a nature to prevent and side ropes close enough to interfere occasionally .Miss Elelbtrey and Boyle, who had the out- side, positions. Taken these several handicaps easily might account for the difference of 26 2-fi seconds between fha two sets of figures. Battling with the Twins Three dsys after the meet flt Manhattan Miss Wylio, the Australian champion and world's rec- ord holder at 100 yards, breast stroke, tried con- clusions with tlie 10-ycsr-oiil Smith twins, Hulh and Eleanor, formerly of Columbus, 0., now rcjj- Msenting the New York Women's S. A., in a 120- yard race ut this stylo swimroing. The twins Miss Mabel Green. Alauieda k. .XSSftiS IfilP MBS HoWer lUc and 440-yaril free style swim- ming and at the breast stroke in actual; contest, beaMea showing by their that they arc peerless at the back In the case of the former events Uuracfe and Jliss Wylie-have been the country's undisputed champions. What would have happened if Miss BnracTc had tested the American stars at the other regu- lation free style 880 'yards and one naturally a matter of speculation. But no one who witnessed the decisive quarter- mile battle at Manhattan Beach will have any doubts regarding the outcome. The Australian was forced So use ounce of energy from start to finish to hold tlie gruelling pace set And finished completely exhausted. Miss Bleibtrey and Miss Boyle swam so" easily that they ap- peared to be loafing and they left the water fresh and strong. A noteworthy illustration of the efficiency ot American girl sprinters, collectively, was wit- nessed on Sept. 1 at Bridgeport, Ct, when the Misses Bo.vle, Bleibtrey, Leslie Bunyon and Alice Lord, all.of the New York Women's S. A., won Miss Marie Curtis of Detroit, Who Has Shown Remarkable Skill in Back Stroke Sprint Swimming, face in the world's record time of 4 minirtes fe seconds, over i open water course. The only international team mark which offers a means of comparison is the Olympic recr ord of 5m. 49s. for 400 metres (437.2 set at Stockholm in 1912 by an Australian quartet; which included Miss Duract and Miss .WyHe, still. the speediest sprinters in their native land, fts pointed out. Making a generous allowance of 29 seconds for the extra 37.2 yards, it is found that the eastern lady-fish would have beaten the Olympic mark by more than 20 seconds had she full 400 metres. For the rest, the "_ Bridgeport time is thfc fastest ever made by mcni- bers of the. gentle Bex at.that under ariy conditions, anywhere. Yet attention needs be called to the fact that while the Australian team at Stockholm was p. national unit, the New York quartet was a club .contingent, by no means representative of.iiit- tiohar strength) This; makes the feat the more conclusive, for the country's best four 100-yarJflti could uno.uestionably beat the Bridgeport timu by 15 seconds and more. The Great Divers In this respect the victories of the New Yorlt- ers over the Australians showed also'the superi- ority of only a small fraction of the American swimming, sisterhood. It should not be over- looked that Mrs, Cfaire tialiigan Finney, former- ly of New York, now of California; Miss Dorothy Burns of Los Angeles, Mrs. Frances .Cowells Schroth of San Francisco, the Misses Olea Dorf-, ner and Bessie Ryan of Philadelphia, Miss Helen Thomson of Milwaukee, Miss Betty Grimes ot Minneapolis, and one or two others .have displayed ability warranted to make them dangerous oppo-' nents in thafr chosen fields for either Miss Dnracfc or MiEi Wylie. The subject of high and fancy diving is hard to deal with, for there has been jio competition so far between American and foreign fair devotees. Nevertheless, there is ample reason to believe that American girls brook no rivals. Fred Spong- berg of New York A. C., recent winnei" of the national high divirig title, former champion of Sweden and was a scorer at the last Olympiad, Ruth and Eleanor Smith, National Champion Twins, so he 'may he counted a; competent junge irtd man -in position to estimate 'between "the -.horrif and European He 'stated thai the best, European women' divers are form perfecl in the plain ilives, but do not'go in -for the niore- difficult and better regarded dives, so that, in his- opinion, they would be 'outpointed in.eontwt bj v Americans because of .the tetter's skill :jn execut- ing so many the high-scoring Jests on ternational card. As for the Australians, tinerhi' her of the Ladies' Swimming Council, of New South Wales wrote "We haven't any raally clever '_ fancy given >in Australia, and f- v J _ they are'ndt.'at all about .high 'divjngr J sport hardly createsrma'ch wents speak for .-t :.i In, plunging for distance 'American mermiida liavo held the .world's record for, several years. Jliss Helen Aufdcrh oicle of Indianapolis brought to this country with a glide of 60 feet.S-inchos; which' -has' not, been beate'n abroad to this dayj though the standard has now 'raised offi- cially to 64 feet by 'Miss Clwvlotte Boyle of New York, and others have pnsacd-the former reon! line in the allotted time of one minute. The brilliant rise of the American aquatic queens is the more rchiarknble andcreditabla be- cause of the short time they have had to develop Until the Amateur Athletic Union undertook to supewise the women's branch of the sport, .in" 1315, there was no' organized competition im tli'o fair, natators and virtually no effort waa made to encourage them. Performances were then so poor. that yonngaters of 10 and 11 are beating them nowadays. .'It in in the four years since elapsed that the sensational- improvement has brought the American mermaid from ttie tail end of the procession to international, supremacy, Organizing Sky Traffic AN; organization to .control 'sky traffic, and which will be. practically world-wide in its scope, is to be formed, with' its headquar- ters in London. All airships arid airplanes, in- ciudiny, of course, seaplanes and similar ocrial hybrids, will be registered and classified accord- ing fo their build and carrying The.qualifications of aerial chauffeurs, also, wilt come under its sphere, and a standard sot by the estr.hllshment of an aircraft pilots' rwia. ter. A professional pilot whose name docs col figure in the register will stand a poor dunce of getting a job worth having. Another branch ol the orgntntatioti's sctivi. lies will i-clate to the insurance of aircraft their and luggage, and in this con- nection rules will be drown op regulating traffic ol every description. These art TIOW being arranged and they will bo by in- ternational afrrcement, This part ol the Khc'mo is stffl In both literally ami it is probable that the atmosphere will be diiridcd into wmes tea different classes of aircraft. Thus, it is proposed thai up to 2000 feet flying shall be prohibited, except, of course, for landing and starting off. Between 2000 feet and 4000 feet will be a zone reserved, for commercial plAnes of a heavy and comparatively slow flying type. Above (o 6000 feet, will be the level' for general air traffic, while IOM higher thun this wilt be used only by official plMU, ;