THE RECORD: 1984 OLYMPIC GAMES:
gold (200m freestyle); 1988 OLYMPIC GAMES: silver (4x100m medley relay), bronze
(4x100m freestyle relay); 1986 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: silver (4x200m freestyle
relay); 1983 PAN AMERICAN GAMES: gold (4x100m freestyle relay), silver (200m
freestyle); 1985 PAN PACIFIC CHAMPIONSHIPS: silver (200m freestyle);FOUR U.S. NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 1-200y free, 2-200m free, 1-400m I.M.; TWO
she was raised on Mercer Island, Washington, this young lady did most of her
international swimming in Florida for Coach Randy Reese at the University of
Florida and the Holmes Lumber Team. At
5 feet, 8-1/2 inches and 128 pounds, Mary Wayte became one of the USA’s top
freestyle swimmers winning Olympic and international meet medals.
a U.S. National Team member from 1981 to 1988, Mary’s international career
sparkled as a medalist on teams competing in Japan (1981, 1985), France (1982),
Holland (1982), Venezuela (1983), Monaco (1985), Spain (1986) and Korea (1988).
At the 1983 Pan American Games, she won the silver medal in the 200m
freestyle, just behind Hall of Famer Sippy Woodhead.
She won the gold medal as a member of the 4x100m freestyle relay.
1984 Olympic Games of Los Angeles were a highlight of Mary’s career.
She beat her archrival Woodhead and won the 200m freestyle gold medal.
She received a second gold medal by competing in the preliminary heat of
the winning 4x100m freestyle relay team. She
returned to the Olympic arena in 1988 winning the silver medal on the
4x100m-medley relay and the bronze medal as a member of the 4x100m freestyle
relay. She had completed a full sweep of all Olympic medals - gold,
silver and bronze. She also
competed in the 200m freestyle finishing fourth, and the 200m individual medley,
showing her swimming versatility.
this Olympic quadrennium, Mary won the silver medal at the 1986 Madrid World
Championships in the 4x200m freestyle relay. In
collegiate swimming at Florida, she was Southeast Conference Swimmer of the Year
(1985, 1987) and a 1985 two-time NCAA Champion in the 100yard freestyle and
400yard individual medley. She is a
26 time NCAA All-American. She has
won four U.S. National Championships, one in the 200y freestyle, two in the 200m
freestyle and one in the 400m individual medley.
retirement, Mary’s swimming connection took her to television where she became
a color commentator for Sports Channel featuring swim meets and crowd interviews
at NBA games. She served as NBC’s
color commentator for women’s swimming at the 1996 Olympics in Barcelona. and continues to cover women’s collegiate swimming for the
ESPN network at the NCAA National Championships.
She has been a promoter for Speedo, Alamo, the National Spa and Pool
Institute, the International Swimming Hall of Fame and other organizations.
Mary was inducted into the University of Florida’s Athletic Hall of
Fame in 1999.
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