Top 10 Female American Swimmers in The “ISHOF”. The International Swimming Hall of Fame and Museum (ISHOF) is a history museum and hall of fame, located at One Hall of Fame Drive, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States, operated by private interests and serving as the central point for the study of the history of swimming in the United States and around the world.
Top 10 Female American Swimmers:
10. Olga Dorfner
She was inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1970.
Due to her childbirth and World War I, she did not participate in Summer Olympics.
9. Victoria Draves
Victoria “Vicki” Draves was an American diver. Vicki Draves was born as one of two twin daughters of Filipinos and an Englishwoman. At sixteen, she began diving, the main obstacle was the race rules in San Francisco: Filipinos were not allowed to work in the swimming clubs. So she began her career under the name Victoria Taylor, the maiden name of her mother. She changed twice the swimming club and eventually came to coach Lyle Draves in Oakland.
She became the first woman to be awarded gold medals for both the ten-meter platform and the three-meter springboard. Draves also became the first American woman to win two gold medals in diving.
8. Ginny Duenkel
Virginia Ruth Duenkel is an American former swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder born in 1947. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an “Honor Swimmer” .
7. Becky Dyroen-Lancer
She received a gold medal in synchronized swimming at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
6. Kathy Ellis
Kathy also received two bronze medals for her third-place finishes in the women’s 100-meter freestyle and women’s 100-meter butterfly events.
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5. Gloria Callen
She holds American records and one world record in swimming, and won 13 American championships. She was never able to compete in world championships or Olympic Games, due to World War II, even though she qualified for the 1940 Olympic Games.
She was voted one of America’s 13 best-dressed women by the New York’s Fashion Academy.
4. Jennifer Chandler
Chandler started diving when she was nine. When she was 12 she went to the junior Olympics. Chandler retired when she was 21 due to back injuries.
3. Diana Nyad
Nyad gained national attention in 1975 when she swam around Manhattan (28 mi or 45 km). In 1979 when she swam from North Bimini, The Bahamas, to Juno Beach, Florida (102 mi (164 km).
On her fifth attempt and at age 64, she became the first person confirmed to swim from Cuba to Florida without the aid in 2013.
2. Teresa Andersen
In 1986, Andersen was inducted to the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
She started swimming at the age of 10. By the mid-1970s she dominated American synchronized swimming, winning various junior US titles.
1. Susie Atwood
Susanne Jean Atwood is an American former competition swimmer. She became two-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder in two events.
She represented the United States as a 15-year-old at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.
In 1992, she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an “Honor Swimmer”.