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Passages: John Conner, Duke Hall of Fame Diver, Dies at 91

John Conner, a member of the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame, passed away this past Saturday at the age of 91. Born on November 5, 1929 in Weir, W.Va., Conner twice earned All-America honors as a diver at Duke in 1949 and 1950.  He was a three-time Southern Conference champion (1949-50-51) and posted to...

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Passages: Sara (Barber) Jenkins, Canadian Olympian, Dies at Age 79

Sara (Barber) Jenkins, who represented Canada at two Olympic Games, passed away on Oct. 22 due to complications of Alzheimer’s disease. She was 79 years old. Jenkins competed for Canada in the 1956 and 1960 Olympics. She was just 15 years old when she qualified for the Melbourne Olympics, where she ...

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Passages: Michigan Great Frank Legacki Dies After Battle With Cancer

Frank Legacki passed away on October 16, 2020 at the age of 81 years. The cause of death was Metastatic Prostate Cancer. Frank had an amazing life. He lived an active, interesting life, certainly a life with a great deal of panache. He gave as much, if not more than was given to him in life. Rest as...

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Passages: Former Navy Swimming Coach Lee Lawrence Dies at 82

Navy Athletics is mourning the passing of Lee Lawrence, who was a member of the men’s swimming coaching staff for 36 years and also served as instructor in the USNA physical education department.  Lawrence passed away this weekend in Florida. Service information for Lawrence, age 82, has not been an...

Passages: American National Teamer Charley Siroky, 56

Charley Siroky, a standout at the University of Arizona who swam on national teams and medaled in international competition in the 1980s, died at the age of 56. He died unexpectedly on Sept. 17, but his family announced his passing this week head of a memorial scheduled for Oct. 17. Siroky was one o...

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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,...