Legendary Swimmer, Cali Swim Coach Boyer Loses Fight With Brain Cancer

Bob Boyer, who was a swim coach and Athletics Director for 38 years at California’s Cabrillo High School, has passed away after losing a 19-month battle with brain cancer, the Lompo Record reported late last night. He was at the school from 1970 to 2008 as a math teacher, and from 1996 to 2008 as the Athletics Director.

During his tenure at the school (though he wasn’t the head coach of all programs for the whole period), the school’s boys and girls swim teams combined for 29 Los Padres league titles in swimming, 31 in boys’ water polo, and five in girls’ water polo; the girls’ swim team, incidentally, has won every title since 2001. The boys’ water polo teams won the CIF Championships in both 1976 and 1996, and the girls did the same in 2007.

As a swimmer, Boyer broke a Junior College National Record in the 50 free while at Bakersfield College; he then proceeded to the University of Oregon, where he broke the Pac-8 records in the 50 and 100 freestyles.

At the 1968 Canadian Olympic Trials, Boyer placed 4th in the 100 free after a year prior setting the Canadian National Record in the event.

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