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Passages: Michigan Mourning Death of Swimmer Ian Miskelley

University of Michigan swimmer, and former Michigan high school state champion, Ian Miskelley died unexpectedly on Monday. He was 19. "The University of Michigan swimming and diving program is deeply saddened to report that men's swimmer Ian Miskelley passed away on Monday," Michigan swimming releas...

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Passages: Andy Burke, Devoted US Water Polo Administrator, 91

Andy Burke, a long-time administrator for water polo who served on numerous U.S. and international committees, passed away last Friday at the age of 91. For his efforts on behalf of American water polo, in 2018 Burke was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) for his substanti...

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Passages: English Channel Record Holder Barry Watson Dies at Age 81

Barry Watson, who held the record for the fastest English Channel crossing from 1964 to 1977, died this week at age 81. A native of Crossflatts, West Yorkshire, Watson swam the channel in 1964 at age 26. His time of nine hours, 35 minutes to cover the 21 miles from England to France held for nearly ...

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Passages: Mimi Jones, Activist in Famous Swim-In Photo, 73

Mimi Jones, an activist who was appeared in an infamous 1964 photograph that played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement, died this week at age 73. As a teenager who grew up in Georgia, Jones took part in various demonstrations as part of the Civil Rights Movement, including the 1963 March on Was...

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Passages: Kieth Pike, Southern California Swimming Official, 84

Kieth Pike, who’s served as a swimming official in Southern California for more than half a century, died on July 19. Pike started officiating high school meets in 1962 and continued until 2017, a 56-season tenure. The Westminster, Calif., resident worked CIF Southern Section swimming championships,...

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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 ...