Denize Le Pennec, a 16-year-old British schoolgirl, practiced for her Channel crossing 18 months before becoming the youngest Briton ever to swim the Channel. She crossed from Cape Gris-Nez, France to Kent in 20 hours, 50 minutes and some 20 miles off course.
Ernie Vincent, 14, a Richmond, Va. pitcher, won four straight to lead his Tuckahoe (Va.) All-Star team to victory in the Chesterfield County Optimists' Pony League tournament. In 29 innings Vincent allowed only five hits and two earned runs and struck out 73 batters.
Anton Lund, a 72-year-old Augusta, Me. sailor, won Maine's Lake Cobbossee free-for-all handicap regatta when he sailed his 16½-foot Town, a 25-year-old wooden sloop, to victory over a field of 16 skippers that included his son Jon, and grandson William.
Mary Jane Stone, 19, a phys-ed major from Pittsburg, Texas, qualified for the national rolling-pin throwing contest in Allegheny, Pa. with a throw of 133 feet 6 inches then went on to win with a 105-foot 6-inch heave. "I was off balance a little," she said.
Betty Sain, of Bell Buckle, Tenn., bought a colt four years ago, named him Shaker's Shocker and trained him for the Tennessee Walking Horse National. Recently, Betty, aboard Shocker, became the first woman ever to win the grand championship.
Jim Schloss, a U. of Cincinnati golfer who was paired with pro Bobby Nichols in the U.S. Pro-Am in Cincinnati, birdied seven of 36 holes and edged U.S. amateur champion Gary Cowan and Frank Whibley by one stroke to win the title and the $3,500 first prize.