Alan Ford

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Alan Ford (died 3 November 2008) is one of swimming’s all-time greats. Born in Panama City, he moved to Sarasota from Midland, Michigan and graduated from Yale University with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1945. He also served as an Ensign in the US Navy during World War II.

Swimming Career[edit]

During his prep and university careers, Ford held numerous national and world swimming records. While at Yale University, Ford broke Johnny Weissmuller's world record in the 100-yard freestyle. His most prominent record was breaking the 50-second barrier for the 100-yard freestyle. Ford made a comeback after the war to win a silver medal in the 1948 London Olympic Games.


Ford was elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1966.

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