The International Swimming Hall of Fame's film and video archive, which dates to the 1920's, is the most extensive and comprehensive in the world. As we continue to preserve and transfer footage from film to DVD, we will be adding to the virtual archive so that historic events from aquatic history can be enjoyed throughout the world.

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. These videos show the pre race interview, the race and post race interviews with two of the greatest women swimmers of the pre-title IX era of the 1960's. After winning two gold medals at the 1964 Olympic Games, Donna retired from competitive swimming and went on to become one of the leading figures in the ongoing fight for gender equity.


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