Swimming Community Memoriam: 2017 People to Remember

Photo Courtesy: Cathleen Pruden

The aquatic community lost many talented and wonderful people in 2017. Here is a swimming community memoriam with links and photos to obituaries posted this year.

January

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Photo Courtesy: International Swimming Hall of Fame

1952 Olympic bronze medalist Evelyn Toque Kawamoto-Kono

February

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Photo Courtesy: Drury Athletics

Drury swimmer Wen “Ariel” Xu

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Hall of Fame coach Bob Gillett

March

USA Swimming Sports consultant Bill Krumm

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Photo Courtesy: Swimming World Magazine

Hall of Fame coach Buddy Baarcke Jr. 

April

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Photo Courtesy: USA Swimming

USA Swimming CEO Chuck Wielgus

May

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Dynamo Swim Club CEO Jason Turcotte

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

1936 Olympic gold medalist Adolph Kiefer

June

Former Georgia coach Alan Gentry

Former British Olympian Clive Rushton

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Photo Courtesy: Twitter – @OhioState_MSwim

Former Ohio State coach Bob Bartel

Former FAU coach Steve Eckelkamp

Photo Courtesy: Anne Cleveland

Photo Courtesy: Anne Cleveland

Open Water swimmer Anne Cleveland

July

Former Nebraska head coach Cal Bentz

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West Chester assistant coach Scott Elliot

August

Harvard women’s coach Stephanie Beilman

ISHOF’s Marjorie “Marge” Counsilman

September

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Don Watkinds

Japanese Olympian Kenji Watanabe

Grove City coach Jim Longnecker

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St. Xavier head coach Maureen “Mo” Rankin

October

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Photo Courtesy: Bill Bell

Swimming World contributor Bill Bell

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Total Immersion founder Terry Laughlin

November

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Photo Courtesy: Swimming World

SMU’s George McMillion

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1952 Olympian Katherine Szoke Domyan

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Photo Courtesy: Worline Studio

2015 ISHOF Honor coach Don Watson

December

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1956 Olympic Diver Don Harper

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    March 20, 2017 World Record Andy Coan

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    Ingrid Daland, Peter Daland’s wife died last week.

Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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