Swimming World Presents “Lessons with the Legends: Mary Freeman”

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Lessons with the Legends: Mary Freeman

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Swimming World continues a series in which top coaches share some of the secrets of their success. The December issue of Swimming World Magazine highlights the many accomplishments of Coach Mary Freeman.

Before Teri McKeever became the rst female Olympic swimming coach for Team USA in 2004, there was a quintessential pioneer named Mary Freeman who removed herself from consideration in 1964. That choice was America’s loss.

Freeman was so well respected within the male-dominated coaching circles that she was being considered for the position of women’s Olympic coach in 1964. In a surprise move, she decided not to be a candidate, positing that the honor was more important to men for whom coaching was their livelihood.

Some of her top swimmers include Susan Doerr, Nina Harmer, Martha Randall, Jane Barkman, and Ellie Daniel. In her brief coaching career, Freeman inspired many women, including more than a dozen of her own swimmers who opted for coaching careers. In 1968, Freeman, the mother of six, retired from coaching, turning over her Vesper swimmers to Olympian George Breen. She was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1988 and the ASCA Hall of Fame in 2008.

To read more about Freeman’s accomplishments as a swimmer and a coach, check out the December 2017 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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    CoachGB

    The greatest Woman coach ever. Six olympians 2 each games 60-64-68 and Ellie and Janie made it in 72. Ninak. Harmer made two 60 -64 while in HS. All born philly area and 12 or under when joining team.

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager 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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