Albina Osipowich

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Albina Osipowich
Personal information
Full name Albina Lucy Charlotte Osipowich
National team  United States
Born (1911-02-26)February 26, 1911
Worcester, Massachusetts
Died June 6, 1964(1964-06-06) (aged 53)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Boys' Club Auxiliary

Albina Lucy Charlotte Osipowich (February 26, 1911 – June 6, 1964), later known by her married name Albina Van Aken, was an American competition swimmer who won gold medals in the women's 100-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam, setting world records in both events.[1]

In 1933 Osipowich graduated from Pembroke College (Brown University) in Providence, Rhode Island, where she played field hockey and continued swimming as a hobby. She later worked as a buyer for a department store and married basketball player Harrison Van Aken.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Albina Osipowich. Retrieved November 23, 2012.

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US Women 4 × 100 m team at the 1928 Olympics, Osipowich is third from left
Preceded by
Eleanor Garatti
Women's 100-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

August 25, 1929 – March 14, 1930
Succeeded by
Helene Madison