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Passages: Sonia O’Neal, Barbados Swimming Executive, Age 72

Passages: Sonia O’Neal, Barbados Swimming Executive, Age 72 Sonia O’Neal, the former president of the Barbados Amateur Swimming Association, died on Feb. 16. She was 72 years old. O’Neal was a significant figure in Caribbean swimming, affectionately known by many as “Aunty Sonia” for the warmth with...

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Swimming World Pays Tribute to Those the Swim Community Lost in 2023

Each year the swimming community loses members in the circle of life. As a new generation of swimmers entered the world in 2023, we pay tribute to those the swimming world has lost in the past year. Dick Guyer, 77 Dick Guyer, a long-time coach at York Suburban High School in central Pennsylvania, di...

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Passages: Dick Guyer, Longtime York Suburban (Pa.) Coach, 77

Passages: Dick Guyer, Longtime York Suburban (Pa.) Coach, 77 Dick Guyer, a long-time coach at York Suburban High School in central Pennsylvania, died on Oct. 23. He was 77 years old. Guyer spent 52 seasons with York Suburban over two stints, including 44 as the head coach. He retired for the first t...

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Passages: Penn State Commit Marcus Papanikolaou Dies in Car Accident

Passages: Penn State Commit Marcus Papanikolaou Dies in Car Accident Marcus Papanikolaou, a high school senior at Central Bucks East in Pennsylvania and a sprinter committed to Penn State, died in a car accident on Oct. 13. He was 17 years old. Papanikolaou was killed in Northampton Township Friday ...

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Passages: Bruce R. Johnson, New Jersey Swim Coach and Author

Passages: Bruce R. Johnson, New Jersey Swim Coach and Author Bruce R. Johnson, a swim coach, writer and author in New Jersey for nearly 50 years, died on Sept. 21 after lengthy illness. He was 77 years old. Johnson began writing while in the U.S. Navy reserves, where he spent two years on active dut...

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Passages: Mary Moorman Ryan Caldwell, U.S. Record Holder, 98

Passages: Mary Moorman Ryan Caldwell, U.S. Record Holder, 98 Mary Moorman Ryan Caldwell, a U.S. record holder and Olympic hopeful in the 1940s, died on June 8. She was 98 years old. The native of Louisville swam at Lakeside Swim Club in her youth and was a national junior champion at age 11. She won...

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Passages: Olympian, NCAA Champion Virgil Luken Dies at 80

Passages: Olympian, NCAA Champion Virgil Luken Dies at 80 Former Minnesota national champion swimmer Virgil Luken passed away Saturday, June 10, at his home in Minnetonka, Minn. at the age of 80. A 2004 member of the M Club Hall of Fame, Luken became a national champion the first year he competed on...

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Passages: Masters Champion, Coach Geoff Mykleby Leaves Legacy

Passages: Masters Champion, Coach Geoff Mykleby Leaves Legacy By Adam Mania The swimming community lost a legend over the weekend. Dr. Geoff Mykleby, also known to some as Molar, The Party Planner, Wolfpack, Dr. Deluxe (I’m sure there are more nicknames) succumbed to a long battle with cancer wrappe...

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Passages: Robert Trotman, Diversity Advocate and Club Founder, 82

Passages: Robert Trotman, Diversity Advocate and Club Founder, 82 Robert Trotman, who spent six decades coaching swimming and extending swimming opportunities to historically underserved communities, died on March 22. He was 82 years old. Trotman founded Nu-Finmen Swim Team in 1959, with Charles Sim...