With 2022 officially in the rearview mirror, let’s take a look back at some of the figures who the swimming community lost in the past year.
Jan. 9 –
Former University of Rochester coach and technique guru Bill Boomer died at 85.
Jan. 29 –
16-time Massachusetts high school championship coach Don Lemieux died at 65 years old.
Feb. 17 –
High school junior Mya Thompson died in a fire just days after swimming at Indiana’s state championships.
Feb. 20 –
1980 Olympic gold medalist Oleksandr Sydorenko, sometimes anglicized as Alexander Sidorenko, died from a COVID-19 infection at 61 years old.
March 15 –
1936 Canadian Olympic swimmer and former world record holder Joan McLagan died at 99 years old.
March 17 –
Former Ukraine water polo captain Eugine Obedinskiy was just 39 years old when he was killed in a bombing in Mariupol, Ukraine.
March 25 –
Minnesota club coach Maggie McMahon died unexpectedly from a stroke at 37.
March 26 –
Hall of Fame coach Bill Spahn died at 79 years old after suffering a heart attack during a Masters meet.
April 5 –
Saint Louis University swimmer Sean North died at 20 years old.
April 9 –
Trevor Harrop, one of the last surviving members of the 1948 British Olympic swim team, died just 10 days shy of his 95th birthday.
April 15 –
USA Swimming coach Jim Puleo passed away.
May 7 –
Renowned swim coach and NCAA champion Dick Fadgen died at 86 after a battle with cancer.
June 25 –
Olympic gold medalist Bill Woolsey, Indiana’s first NCAA champion, died at 87.
July 6 –
Longtime swimming announcer Sam Kendricks died after a battle with cancer.
July 13 –
1976 U.S. Olympian Holly Renee Magee died at 63 after dealing with a brain tumor.
July 16 –
Legendary Indiana diving coach Hobie Billingsley died at 94.
July 17 –
Former Cincinnati swimmer John Miller was killed in a hit-and-run car crash at 26 years old.
July 27 –
Northern Iowa swimmer Lily Ernst died at age 20.
Aug. 2 –
Famed English Channel swimmer Brenda Fisher died at 95 years old.
Aug. 4 –
SwimSwam contributor and renowned swimming technical analyst Stefano Nurra died at 52 years old.
Aug. 16 –
International Swimming Hall of Fame coach Dick Jochums died at 81 years old.
Aug. 24 –
Former New Zealand Olympic coach David Wright died at 74 after a battle with kidney disease.
Sept. 5 –
54-year-old Long Beach Masters swimmer Gustavo Penilla died after suffering from a heart attack during the annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim.
Sept. 8 –
Queen Elizabeth II, an award-winning swimmer as a teenager, died at 96.
Oct. 1 –
Controversial former Olympic coach Joe Bernal died.
Oct. 13 –
Former Brown swimmer Jameson McMullen died at 22.
Oct. 24 –
Michael Phelps announced that his dad, Fred, passed away.
Oct. 25 –
Former Stanford men’s water polo coach Dante Dettamanti died in a bycicle accident at 80 years old.
Nov. 1 –
Former Australian coach John Wright died in custody at age 79 while awaiting trial for child sexual abuse charges from the 1980s.
Nov. 7 –
Israel’s first Olympic swimmer, Nachum Buch, died at 89.
Late November –
Former Stanford head coach Skip Kennney died at 79.
Nov. 27 –
Former University of Illinois head coach Don Sammons died at 90 years old.
Dec. 16 –
Duke head coach Dan Colella died as a result of complications from prostate cancer in December at 60 years old.