Dr. Robert Keast, 34-year-old anesthesiologist, disdained use of normal skin diver's equipment, remained submerged for 10:58.9 at San Rafael, Calif, to better world breath-holding record, explained it is not need of air that makes one breathe but "amount of carbon dioxide that must be let out" (March 18).
Lionel Peter Twiss, English test pilot, zoomed needle-nosed Fairey delta-winged jet at fantastic 1,132 mph in flight, bettered 824 mph average set by U.S. Air Force's Colonel H. A. Hanes last August (March 11).
Jiro Nagasawa, Yale graduate student from Tokyo, took dead aim at world butterfly swim records in race against clock at New Haven, surpassed world and U.S. standards for 200 meters (2:19.3) and 220 yards (2:20.3), also covered 200 yards in 2:07.1 for U.S. record (March 14).
March 26, 1956
North Carolina State's Dick Fadgen and Cortland State Teachers' George Breen smashed U.S. short-course marks in Eastern Intercollegiate League individual championships at Ithaca, N.Y. Fadgen's time: 2:19.9 for 200-yard breaststroke (March 15); Breen's feat: 17:44.5 for 1,500-meter freestyle (March 17).
Johnny Saxton, jabbing, clutching and running away from Welterweight Champion Carmen Basilio most of the 15 rounds, was presented with title for second time (the first: victory over Kid Gavilan) when referee and judges voted him booed decision in Chicago (see page 30).
Floyd Patterson got little resistance from washed-up Heavyweight Jimmy Walls, floored inept rival three times before winning by TKO in second at New Britain, Conn.
Light Heavyweight Champion Archie Moore, weighing in at flabby 194½ pounds and sporting beard, took time off from part-time job as disc jockey to maul Frankie Daniels for 10 rounds in nontitle fight at Hollywood.
Sailor, Brookmeade Stable's 4-year-old chestnut colt, hustled into early lead, met late challenges by Find and Mielleux by responding sharply to Jockey Willie Hartack's urging to win $100,000 added Gulf-stream Park Handicap. Favored Nashua, loaded down with 129 pounds, finished seven lengths back in fifth place (see pages 24 and 48).
Tenley Albright, pert young Olympic champion, swirled through near-flawless free-skating routine to Offenbach tunes, barely outscored rival Carol Heiss to win fifth consecutive women's national title at Philadelphia. Lanky Hayes Alan Jenkins maintained superiority in men's division, won his last championship before hanging up skates to enter Harvard Law School. Runner-up Ronald Robertson, his amateur standing in jeopardy because of charges by German Skating Federation that "a representative" had sought excessive expenses for Ronnie's exhibitions, decided to turn pro, will next be seen in "Ice Capades."
San Francisco moved past UCLA 72-61, Utah 92-77 to stretch nation's longest winning streak to 53, joined Iowa, Temple and SMU in NCAA semifinals (see page 47) while Duquesne, Xavier of Ohio, Seton Hall and St. Francis of Brooklyn survived opening round of NIT in New York. In other tournaments, McNeese State employed successful slowdown to outlast Texas Southern 60-55 for NAIA title at Kansas City; Wayland College of Plainsview, Texas beat Nashville Business College 39-33 for 75th straight victory and women's national AAU crown at St. Joseph's, Mo.
Boston Celtics beat Syracuse 110-93 in East; St. Louis Hawks squeezed by Minneapolis 116-115 in West as NBA playoffs got under way.
Carleton Mitchell's 39-foot yawl Finisterre, best small boat in history of heavy-weather racing, proved itself well at home in light weather, won 284-mile run from St. Petersburg to Havana with 63:36.18 corrected time, also captured Florida Governor's Cup (see page 52). At week's end, Finisterre scored another victory, outsailing Jack Price's spanking new 40-foot cutter Comanche to take 61-mile overnight test from Havana to Cuba's picturesque Varadero Beach on corrected time.
TRACK AND FIELD
Wes Santee, nation's speediest miler, who is knee-deep in fight to upset AAU ban, sandwiched in another "special" mile between court appearances, sped to 4:06.9 clocking, second fastest of indoor season, in K of C meet at Cleveland.
National Hockey League completed regular season with Montreal in first place, while Detroit, New York and Toronto also qualified for Stanley Cup playoffs.
Michigan pushed home two goals within 11 seconds in second period to break tie, defeated Michigan Tech 7-5 to take NCAA title at Colorado Springs, Col.
New Zealand, never a winner in 44 previous test matches in 26 years, broke through to outscore West Indies by 190 runs at Auckland, thrilling thousands who were on hand for historic event.
DIED-Lieutenant David (Skippy) Browning, 24, Olympic three-meter diving champion in 1952, winner of eight AAU, four NCAA titles, called "greatest springboard diver the U.S. has ever had" by his University of Texas coach; when his FJ-3 jet fighter crashed near Rantoul, Kans.