Bob Duenkel

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Aquatic Career[edit]

  • He began swimming for the YMCA of New Jersey, went on to swim through high school where in 1960, he was a state record holder, a New Jersey AAU junior champion, and a New Jersey AAU senior champion.
  • He attended Kansas State University where he was a many-time record holder and multi-award winner in swimming and played on the first-ever Kansas State water polo team.
  • While working at the International Swimming Hall of Fame, Duenkel competed in masters swimming where he was a Florida State champion and an AAU All-American.
  • He was an All-American pool swimmer.
  • In 1960, his two-man relay team swam in the 24 Heures La Tuque, completed a total of 48 miles and took 6th place.

Teaching & Coaching Career[edit]

  • After graduating from Kansas State with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters in Physical Education, he moved to South Florida, where he got his State of Florida Teachers Certificate.
  • He taught at Northeast High School as a Physical Education teacher.
  • He worked as a water safety instructor and for the Fort Lauderdale Beach Patrol.
  • In 1966, he began coaching swimming at Broward Community College and in 1968 was named National Junior College Swimming Coach of the Year.
  • In 1966, he took over the running of Camp Chikopi, a boy's Sports and Wilderness Camp in Ontario, Canada, the world’s first swimming camps founded in 1920 by U.S. Olympic Swim Coach Matt Mann II. He and his wife, Colette, still own and run Camp Chikopi.
  • He was named in 1968 as the National Junior College Swimming Coach of the Year.
  • In 1988, he coached the USA to a Team Championship victory in the FINA Long Distance Swimming World Cup team in Evian, France.
  • His Camp Chikopi teams have participated and won A.A.U. and U.S. Swimming National Championships.

International Swimming Hall of Fame[edit]


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