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Helen Meany

Helen Meany (Swimming. Born, New York, NY, Dec. 5, 1904; died, Old Greenwich, CT, July 21, 1991.) Winning her first national title at age 16, Helen Meany (later Mrs. Gravis) was the first American diver to be selected for three straight Olympics (1920, 1924, 1928). Still another W.S.A.N.Y. star, Meany won 17 A.A.U. national titles […]

Lou Handley

Lou Handley (Swimming.  Born, Rome, Italy, 1874; died, New York, NY, Dec. 28, 1956.)  Though something of an athlete himself in his youth, Louis deBreda Handley achieved his greatest fame after emigrating to America as a swimming coach.  Handley was the principal coach for the Women’s Swimming Association of New York, the primary source for […]

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