Althea Mercer Mansolillo

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open water swimmer from Cranston, Rhode Island.

Open Water Swimming Highlights[edit]

  • She grew up as part of a large family known as the Swimming Mercers of Fall River.
  • She was inducted into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame at Brown University in 1997.
  • She won three open water swims in 1949-1950:
  • She placed 6th in the World Professional Long Distance Swim in Lake Ontario, Canada.
  • She taught swimming for 26 years to mentally and physically disabled children in Providence, Rhode Island schools and worked with the blind during summers.
  • She was the first Water Safety Instructor Trainer for the handicapped at the Red Cross National Aquatic School.
  • She received a commendation from the City of Providence for saving the life of a 14-year-old special education student at Pleasant View School.
  • She was the first woman to serve as a lifeguard for the State of Rhode Island at Easton's Beach in Newport and Teddy Bear Beach in Portsmouth.

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