ASCA Hall of Fame Inductee: 2008

Philadelphia Vesper Boat Club

  • AAU NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS: 5 (100m, 200m backstroke; 300yd individual medley; 2 relays).
  • AAU National Outdoor Team Champions 1961, 1966 (swimming only).
  • Perennial Eastern US Champions and Middle Atlantic Champions 1956-196896.
  • University of Pennsylvania women’s team coach96.
  • 1960, 1964 US Olympic Women’s Swimming Committee; AAU Women’s Swim Committee 1956-196.
  • All American Women’s Swimming Team Selection Committee 1959-1961.
  • AAU Swimming Award Committee Chairman 1965-1968.
  • AAU Joint Rules Committee for Swimming 1962-1964, 1967.

Mary, generally considered the best American woman swimming coach, (if not the world) produced 15 national champions who went on to win 26 national championships between them, set 10 world records and made the Olympic finals nine times. Mary Freeman coached both Vesper and the University of Pennsylvania women’s team with the philosophy of “Ladies first, swimmers second.”

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