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Hall Of Fame For Paul Bergen

Last May, Paul Bergen was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with a physical education degree, he became one the most successful coaches in North America. After coaching high school, he became the founding coach of the Cincinnati Marlins, which won six national championships. He was the first coach of the Nashville Aquatic Club in 1975, which won two championships. He moved to the University of Texas as women's coach, where he developed winning collegiate teams. During this period his swimmers included world record holders Alice Jones, Deana Deardruff, Jenny Kemp, Joan Pennington, Jill Sterkel, Kim Linehan, and Tracy Caulkins. The last two are also Hall of Famers.

New Inductee Paul Bergen
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He moved to the Etobicoke Swim Club in Canada, winning the national championships 13 times. He developed Allison Higson, who at 13 was the youngest Commonwealth Games gold medallist and who bettered the world record for 200 breaststroke in 1988.

He developed an interest in race horses and eventually trained them too. His record: Three-time Olympic Assistant Coach, (1980-84 USA, 1988 CAN); four-time World Championships assistant coach (1975, 1978, 1982 USA, 1986 CAN)

Coach of seven swimmers who held 12 world records, six Olympic medallists, six world championships medallists.

Coach of 29 US National Team Championships and 12 Canadian Championships, 2 Women's Collegiate Championships.

Jack McCormick

Long-time official (starter) Jack McCormick passed away on June 23, 1998.

He became involved in swimming at 15 and was a founding member of the Hamilton Aquatic Club in 1932. He served with the RCAF during World War II. He was a volunteer coach with the club for the past 40 years, working with novice swimmers during recent years.

He was best known as a starter at all levels of swimming, from local meets to the 1976 Olympics in Montreal. He was a major influence in the development of officiating throughout Canada since 1966.

Jack McCormick was a volunteer in the true sense of the word and was inducted into the Ontario Swimming Hall of Fame as a Pioneer Builder in 1990.

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