1960 Olympic gold medalist Bill Mulliken passed away Thursday at the age of 74.
Mulliken was a standout at Miami University of Ohio in the late 1950s, winning the school’s first-ever NCAA title in 1959. He won the 200 breaststroke at the 1960 Rome Olympics, one of the first Olympic competitions after the butterfly was added as a separate stroke. Prior to that, many athletes were using a rough version of the modern-day butterfly technique in breaststroke races. Butterfly was first recognized as a separate stroke in 1952.
Mulliken also won gold at the 1959 Pan Am Games and had a national A.A.U. title to his name. His Olympic win was the first conventional breaststroke medal for an American since 1924.
He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1984. You can read an article on his induction here.
Miami University also published a story on Mulliken’s life, death and Redhawks career. You can read it here.