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Southern Connecticut State Swimmer Jaylon Nixon Dies in Car Accident

Jaylon Nixon, a rising sophomore diver at Southern Connecticut State University, was killed in a car accident Sunday. He was 18 years old. Nixon was involved in a two-car accident in his hometown of Meriden, Conn., around 4 a.m. Sunday. He was ejected from his vehicle as it rolled over, and Nixon wa...

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Passages: Morgan J. Burke, Former Purdue Swimmer, Athletic Director

Morgan J. Burke, a captain of the Purdue swim team in the 1970s who became his alma mater’s athletic director for nearly three decades, died Monday. Burke was 68 years old. He was diagnosed with amyloidosis a year ago. Burke served as the athletic director from 1993-2016. He retired from the positio...

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Passages: Masters Hall of Fame Diver Tom Hairabidean Dies at Age 96

Masters hall of fame diver Tom Hairabidean passed away on Sunday at the age of 96. He was inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in 2007 with five World Championships gold medals to his name. Tom Hairabidean - Hall of Fame Diver [caption id="attachment_434930" align="aligncent...

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Passages: Masters Hall of Fame Swimmer Frank Piemme Passes Away at 95

Masters Hall of Fame Swimmer Frank Piemme passed away on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at age 95. He was inducted in the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in 2004. Below is his bio from when he was inducted. [caption id="attachment_433665" align="alignleft" width="350"] Frank Piemme. Photo Court...

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Passages: Don Varner, Longtime YMCA Official, Dies at 91

Don Varner, a dedicated YMCA swimming official died at age 91. Varner of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was a fixture on the pool deck of the YMCA Swimming National Championships for many years. Scores of western Pennsylvania swimmers, a legion of coaches and all of his fellow YMCA officials will recall ...

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Passages: Rod Harman, Oregon Coaching Legend, 93

Swimming coach Rod Harman, whose former pupils include three Olympians and 62 high school All-Americans, died Friday at age 93. Harman had coached until just last year and was regarded as the oldest active coach in the state. He founded the Tualatin Hills Swim Club in Beaverton, Oregon, where the Ha...

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Passages: Longtime FINA Bureau Member Coaracy Nunes Filho Dies at 82

FINA Bureau member Coaracy Nunes Filho passed away on Thursday at the age of 82. Nunes Filho was the President of the Brazilian Swimming Federation starting in 1988, and was re-elected six times before being removed from office in a scandal that landed him in prison. A former President of UANA, he w...

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Passages: Rusty Owens, Hall of Fame Swim Coach, 84

Rusty Owens, an International Swimming Hall of Fame member who coached for more than 60 years and worked with two Olympians, died Sunday at age 84. Owens carved out a legendary career in his native central Pennsylvania, where he worked with Olympians Anita Nall (who won silver and bronze in breastst...

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Passages: 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist Thomas Bruce, 67

Thomas Bruce, who won two medals at the 1972 Olympic Games, passed away after a long battle with cancer. Bruce died April 9, but his family made public the passing this week. Bruce was a native of Red Bluff, California. He attended UCLA, where he won the 1972 NCAA championship in the 100 breaststrok...

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Passages: Former Indiana Swimmer, Coach David Tanner, 70

Dr. David Tanner, who swam at the University of Indiana in its heyday in the late 1960s and early 1970s and went on to a successful coaching career, died Thursday. Tanner had battled lymphoma. He was 70 years old. A native of Danville, Illinois, Tanner arrived in Bloomington in 1968 to join the jugg...

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Passages: Iconic Maine, Plymouth State Swim Coach Alan Switzer, 90

The University of Maine Friday announced the passing of former swimming and diving coach Alan Switzer Jr. He was 90 years old. Switzer spent 18 years at the helm of Maine and 27 at Plymouth State in New Hampshire, retiring in 2018 at age 88 after 62 years of coaching. Switzer spoke to Swimming World...

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Passages: Kevin Thorburn, Etobicoke Director of Swimming, Dies at 63

Kevin Thorburn, the director of swimming and high performance coach at Etobicoke Swim Club in Ontario, passed away Tuesday at age 63. Etobicoke announced Thorburn’s death on its Facebook page: “It is with heavy hearts that we regret to inform you of the sudden passing of Head Coach Kevin Thorburn. O...

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Passages: Terry Sayring Passes From Battle With Cancer at Age 81

ISHOF is sad to announce that Terry Sayring, the 2017 Paragon Award recipient for water polo, passed away on March 16, 2020, after a courageous battle against cancer. Terry was 81 years old. Sayring first became involved in water polo when, upon being discharged from the Marine Corp in California, h...

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Passages: Mike Hastings, Coach of Summer Sanders, Passes Away

Mike Hastings, a former swim coach for California Capital Aquatics, has passed away on Sunday, February 29. Hastings was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2013 and mentored Olympic gold medalist Summer Sanders. Hastings founded California Capital Aquatics in 1983 "w...