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ISHOF Celebrates Women's History in Competitive Swimming

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March is Women's History Month and the International Swimming Hall of Fame is celebrating with the History of Women in competitive swimming.

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History of Women's Swimwear - Who better to tell the history of women’s swimwear than MGM Film star Esther Williams. Thanks to Huell Howser Productions, ISHOF is able to cybercast this interview, conducted by Huell Howser for his show California Gold.
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Gertrude Ederle - A 1959 newsreel takes a look back at 1926 when Trudy Ederle conquered the English Channel and New York City through its greatest ticker tape parade in her honor.
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Donna deVarona - In the early 1960's, women’s swimming was dominated by teenagers. There were no collegiate programs for women in those days and women swimmers typically retired after high school. In 1963, two fifteen year olds, Donna deVarona and Sharon Finneran took turns breaking the world record in the 400 Individual Medley.

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