Category Archives: Amateur Women’s Swimming

Ethel Lackie: Surprise Olympic Swimming Champion; Essay by Robert Pruter

Ethel Lackie, as winner in swimming of numerous national and world record-setting races and a two-time gold medal winner in the 1924 Olympics she ranks as one of the top Chicago women athletes between the wars. Continue reading

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Sybil Bauer: World’s Greatest Female Backstroke Swimmer; Essay by Robert Pruter

Sybil Bauer soared to international fame by becoming the greatest female backstroker, taking Gold in the 1924 Olympics, setting record after record in all distances, and then tragically dying at the age of 23 in early 1927. Continue reading

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Jane Fauntz: Two-Time Olympian and Chicago’s First Female Diving Star; Essay by Robert Pruter

Jane Fauntz ranks as one of the most prominent swimming and diving stars between the wars, due both to her being a two-time Olympian, in 1928 and 1932 (when she medaled third) and to her undeniable glamour at a time when Americans hailed their female swimmers and divers for their beauty. Continue reading

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Claudia Eckert: Chicago’s Greatest Female Aquatic Champion of the Depression Years; Essay by Robert Pruter

Claudia Eckert was the dominate swimmer and diver in Chicago during the Depression years, consistently winning swimming and diving championships in Chicago and nationally, for the AAU and the YMHA-YWHA. Continue reading

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