Oregon Hall of Fame Coaching Staff
Hall of Fame Inductee
|Position:||Hall of Fame Inductee|
|Other Position:||1994 Inductee, Swimming/Diving (1939-1941)|
He didn’t just break records, he smashed them, five in all. He arrived from Long Beach, Calif., in time for the 1938 season and began to write an outstanding record, decreed as a three-time all-American in the breaststroke. He bettered the Pacific Coast Conference 200-yard mark three times as a sophomore, taking down the previous best by more than 10 seconds. He broke the record in the 300 individual medley in 1941 by more than five seconds despite just two weeks of training for the event.
He finished seventh in his only collegiate loss at the 1940 national championships in the 200-yard event, but gained notoriety for using the butterfly kick during his breastroke races. He combined with fellow Californian Sherman Wetmore and Pierce Mallory (1939) and Jerry MacDonald (1940) to eclipse the three-man medley relay mark in consecutive years. In his third race that night, he broke the league 100-yard breaststroke record after helping start an unbeaten 1940 season by upsetting arch-rival Washington.