David Lyons (swimmer)

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David Lyons
Personal information
Full name David Chandler Lyons
Nickname(s) "Dave"
Nationality  United States
Born (1943-01-23) January 23, 1943 (age 71)
Chicago, Illinois
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
College team Yale University

David Chandler Lyons (born January 23, 1943) is an American former competition swimmer and Pan American Games gold medalist.

At the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, Lyons swam for the gold medal-winning U.S. team in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay event.[1] He also won a gold medal as a member of the first-place U.S. team in the men's 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the 1963 Pan American Games.

Lyons began his competitive swimming at New Trier High School, Winnetka, Illinois. He was part of the high school national championship team in 1961. The team later placed third in the 1961 AAU championships. In 1961, he was the second swimmer to go under 1:50 for the 200-yard freestyle, Steve Clark of Yale doing it one day earlier. Lyons attended Yale University, where he swam for coach Phil Moriarty's Yale Bulldogs swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1963 to 1965. He won three consecutive NCAA national championships as a member of winning Yale teams in the 400-yard freestyle relay.[2]

Lyons later earned both M.B.A. and M.D. degrees.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Dave Lyons. Retrieved September 25, 2012.
  2. ^ IvyLeagueSports.com, History of the Ivy league, NCAA Championships (1957–Present). Retrieved September 25, 2012.

External links[edit]

  • Dave Lyons – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com