Nine countries were represented at the first ever international swimming competition for women-only, held in the American state of Rhode Island.
SV: Competitors with flags of competing nations.
CU: Swimmer dives in start 400 yard individual medley.
SV: Spectators as Tracey Caulkin wins and establishes new American and U.S. Open records.
GV: Start and race 100 yard backstroke won by Linda Jezek of U.S.A. TWO SHOTS)
SV: 100 yard breast stroke won by Julia Bogdanova of U.S.S.R.
Countries taking part were....U.S.A., U.S.S.R, Belgium, Canada, Britain, Italy, Norway, Sweden and West Germany.
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Background: Nine countries were represented at the first ever international swimming competition for women-only, held in the American state of Rhode Island. The contest was aimed at projecting swimming as a major spectator sport...and both promoters and capacity crowds were treated to just that as five new American records were set.
SYNOPSIS: 105 young women gathered to represent the nine nations for 13 events on the programme, East Germany, a force in women's swimming in the last few years turned down the invitation to attend. The 400 yard individual medley was one of the fiercely fought finals and 14-year-old American Tracy Caulkin in lane three was tipped to win. She'd already won two other finals in record time at the same meeting.
A firm favourite with her home crowd, Tracy went on to win-breaking another American and United States record with a time of four minutes sixteen point seven five seconds.
By now the spectators came to expect records to tumble... and they weren't disappointed. In the 100 yard backstroke another American, Linda Jezek, a 17-year-old Californian, broke both the American and United States Open records in fifty ??? six point two nine seconds.
It was the Soviet Union's turn to take a title in the 100 yards breastroke. In lane four Julia Bogdanova beat off all competition, including Tracy Caulkin who was runner-up. Bogdanova's time was one minute three point two seconds.