Collins (left) and Tineke Lagerberg in 1961
|Born||1944 (age 71–72)|
Rebecca Collins (born 1944) is a retired American swimmer. On July 20, 1958, she set a new world record in the individual 200 m medley. One year later, on July 19, 1959, she broke the world record of Tineke Lagerberg in the 200 m butterfly. She lost that record to Marianne Heemskerk in 1960, but took it back in 1961. She was also part of the US relay team that set a new world record in the 4×100 m medley at the 1959 Pan American Games. She won another gold medal at those games, in the 100 m butterfly. Between 1959 and 1961 she won seven national titles in individual butterfly and medley events.
After marriage she changed her last name to Furst.
- "U.S. Women Break Swimming Record: Dutch Time Eclipsed". The Times. 1959-09-08. p. 16.
- Becky Collins. indianaswimming.us