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Passages: Don Sammons, Long-Time University of Illinois Coach, 90

Passages: Don Sammons, Long-Time University of Illinois Coach, 90 Don Sammons, the former head coach of the University of Illinois swimming and diving team, died on Nov. 24. He was 90 years of age. Sammons coached the Illinois men’s team from the 1971-72 through 1992-93. He was the head coach of the...

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Skip Kenney, Iconic Stanford and Olympic Swimming Coach, Dies at 79

Skip Kenney, Stanford University’s iconic swim coach has died. According to sources, Kenney died on Sunday night at age 79 after a short time in hospice care. Kenney was one of the most successful college coaches of all time. He was also the head Olympic coach in 1996 in Atlanta and was an assistant...

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Passages: Nachum Buch, First Israeli Olympic Swimmer, Age 89

Passages: Nachum Buch, First Israeli Olympic Swimmer, Age 89 Nachum Buch, the first swimmer to represent Israel at the Olympics, died on Nov. 7 in his home in Australia. He was 89 years of age. Buch was a pioneer for Israeli swimming, representing the young nation at its first Olympics in 1952. He w...

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Michael Phelps Announces Father Fred Phelps Has Died

Michael Phelps Announces Father Fred Phelps Has Died Olympic champion Michael Phelps announced the death of his father Fred Phelps on social media. "You’ll always be my dad… And I’ll always be your son… Love you dad and I will miss you❤️❤️ rip dad," Michael Phelps posted on Instagram. View this ...

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Passages: Joe Bernal, Coach of Olympians Who Was Banned for Life, Dies

Passages: Joe Bernal, Coach of Olympians Banned for Life, Dies Joe Bernal, who coached Olympians and had a successful stint at Harvard University before being banned for life by USA Swimming in 2016, has died. Bernal’s death was confirmed by his family. Bernal founded Bernal’s Gator Swim Club in Bos...

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Passages: Arthur Lambert, U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame Coach, 86

Passages: Arthur Lambert, U.S. Water Polo Hall of Fame Coach, 86 Arthur Lambert, the Hall of Fame coach of the 1968 U.S. Olympic team, died on Aug. 26. Lambert was 86 years old. He died from complications of Parkinson’s disease. On the international stage, he led Team USA to gold at the 1967 Pan Am ...

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Passages: Brenda Fisher, Famed English Channel Swimming Pioneer, 95

Passages: Brenda Fisher, Famed English Channel Swimming Pioneer, 95 Brenda Fisher, who gained international renown in the 1950s for crossing the English Channel, died on Aug. 2. She was 95 years old. She suffered from complications of a stroke. In 1951, the 23-year-old won the Channel Race, crossing...

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Passages: Lily Ernst, University of Northern Iowa Swimmer, Age 21

Passages: Lily Ernst, University of Northern Iowa Swimmer, Age 21 Lily Ernst, a swimmer at the University of Northern Iowa, passed away on July 27, the school announced. Ernst was 21 years old. No cause was disclosed. [caption id="attachment_509771" align="alignright" width="250"] Photo Courtesy: UN...

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Passages: Dick Fadgen, NCAA Champion and Long-Time Swim Coach, 86

Passages: Dick Fadgen, NCAA Champion and Long-Time Swim Coach, 86 Richard Dennis “Dick” Fadgen, an NCAA champion and American record-holder before a long coaching career, died on May 7 at age 86. Born in Rhode Island, Fadgen made a long career in the South, as a distinguished swimmer at NC State, th...

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Passages: Azusa Pacific Sophomore Swimmer Sydney Benveniste

Passages: Azusa Pacific Sophomore Swimmer Sydney Benveniste Sydney Benveniste, a sophomore on Azusa Pacific’s women’s swimming and diving team, died this week. The university confirmed the death on Wednesday with a statement of condolences. No cause of death or confirmed date of Benveniste’s passing...