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.

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 freshman at Cortland State at the age of 17, almost a decade later than most of his rivals. Within four years he was setting World Records and winning Olympic medals.

He coached the Men's Swimming Team at the University of Pennsylvania from the late 1960s 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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

http://buffalosportshallfame.com/member/george-breen/

External links[edit]

  • George Breen – Olympic athlete profile at Sports-Reference.com
  • George Breen (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame


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

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

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