Lynn Colella Nathan Hale High School 1968 Swimming
Lynn Colella
SPS High School Athletic Hall of Fame • Seattle WA
High School Championship swimmer for Nathan Hale Raiders and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teams Eight-time winner at PTA-sponsored All-City Swim Carnival (no varsity girls swimming offered) College Attended University of Washington; trained and swam unofficially with men’s team (no women’s team offered) Swam with club team and the UW intramural women’s group that competed at AIAW (equivalent of NCAA) nationals one year In 1971, set American record at national AAU indoor championships and won two golds medals at Pan America games Won 3 titles at Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) Nationals Set 3 meet records in Women’s National Intercollegiate swimming and diving championships in 1972 Named 1971 co-winner of Seattle P-I Man of the Year Award (with brother Rick) Other Made 1972 US Olympic team and chosen as co-captain; won silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly Continued competitive swimming, winning numerous AAU, national and international competitions Won 2 Gold medals at the 1971 Pan American Games and 3 Gold Medals at the 1970 World Student Games Inducted into UW’s Husky Hall of Fame in 1980; became first women to be admitted and was awarded four years of varsity letters after the fact
Lynn Colella swimming