George Breen

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George Breen
Personal information
Full name George Thomas Breen
Nationality  United States
Born (1935-07-19) July 19, 1935 (age 79)
Buffalo, New York
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Indianapolis Athletic Club
College team Cortland State University

George Thomas Breen (born July 19, 1935) is an American former competition swimmer, four-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder in three events. After retiring as a swimmer, he became a coach.

Breen was a champion rower for Bishop Timon High School in Buffalo, New York and the West Side Rowing Club. He began swimming competitively as a 17-year-old freshman at Cortland State University under coach Doc Counsilman, almost a decade later than most of his future rivals.

Breen represented the United States at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. As a member of the second-place U.S. team in the men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay, Breen earned a silver medal, together with Dick Hanley, Bill Woolsey and Ford Konno. He also took bronze medals in the 400-meter freestyle (4:32.5) and 1500-meter freestyle (18:08.2) – after setting a new world record of 17:52.9 in the qualifying heats of the 1,500.

At the 1959 Pan American Games, he won a gold medal for his first-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle and a silver as the runner-up in the 1500-meter freestyle. He was elected team captain of the U.S. men for the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, and earned another bronze medal while competing in the 1500-meter freestyle (17:55.9).

Breen coached the Penn Quakers men's swimming team at the University of Pennsylvania from the late 1966 until 1982, and served as a coach for U.S. Swimming. He formerly coached for Gloucester County Institute of Technology (Deptford, New Jersey) swim team (now separate from the school, it is known as the Greater Philadelphia Aquatic Club) and coaches now at the Jersey Wahoos Swim Club in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.

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Records
Preceded by
Hironoshin Furuhashi
Men's 1,500-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

May 3, 1956 – October 30, 1956
Succeeded by
Murray Rose
Preceded by
Murray Rose
Men's 1,500-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

December 5, 1956 – February 22, 1958
Succeeded by
John Konrads