Jon Svendsen, a senior at the University of California, scored the winning goal in a 9-8 defeat of UC Irvine to give the Bears their third straight NCAA water polo championship. Svendsen had 11 goals in three tournament games and was named MVP.
This is an article from the Jan. 12, 1976 issue
Peg Neppel, a senior at Iowa State, won the first AIAW cross-country title at Ames, covering the three-mile course in 16:31. Neppel had led the Cyclones to three straight U.S. Federation titles, and her team has gone undefeated in 21 college meets.
Randy Simmons, a junior at the University of Texas, beat Bob Byman of Wake Forest by one stroke to win the Sun Bowl College All-Star Golf Tournament at El Paso. Coming from three strokes behind, he finished with a three-under-par 68 for a 209 total.
Jimmy Jordan, a senior at Leon High in Tallahassee, set national prep records hitting 263 of 471 passes for 4,098 yards in a 12-2 season ending in a 31-14 loss to Hialeah-Miami Lakes in the state AAAA finals. He threw six touchdown passes two games in a row.
Darene Schwartz, a junior at Palmer (Texas) High School, scored her 2,005th point in a 50-43 win over Catholic AAA State basketball champion Bishop Dunne. Schwartz shot in double figures 81 games in a row and is a regional record holder in the 80-yard hurdles.
Dave Ratti, 18, of Fairview, Pa., sailed his 11-foot Mirror Dinghy to wins in the Mid-Atlantic regionals and the junior nationals and to a fourth place in the National Class championship. Ratti will represent the U.S. in the 1976 World Class regatta in Holland.