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Kaye Hall Greff
Won two Gold Medals and one Bronze Medal at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic
Games. She set world and meet records in backstroke competition. The Wilson
High School of Tacoma graduate at one time held six American records. She is
a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
One of the world's premier swim coahes, his teams at Wilson High School of
Tacoma won 24 consecutive state boys' team swimming titles from 1960 to
1983, undefeated in 323 meets. Inducted in the International Swimming Hall
of Fame, he holds scores of national honors. He served as the Swimming
Commissioner of the 1990 Goodwill Games.
Itís doubtful if any female athlete in Northwest history was ever as
dominant in her field as she was in 1932, when she reigned supreme in
Olympic Games swimming circles. Her occupancy of the throne was relatively
brief, but few could dispute her recognition as the all-time United States
female swim champion.
When he won an Olympic Gold Medal in the 400-meter freestyle in 1936, he was
probably past his prime, but the waves he created in NCAA swimming circles
were something to behold. The University of Washington splasher ruled the
aquatic record book so completely that mere words donít do him justice.
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