Betty Brey

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Betty Brey
Personal information
Full name Elizabeth Evadna Brey
Nickname(s) "Betty"
National team  United States
Born (1931-11-23)November 23, 1931
Weissport, Pennsylvania
Died March 21, 2015(2015-03-21) (aged 83)
Lake Mary, Florida
Height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Weight 130 lb (59 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Walter Reed Swim Club

Elizabeth Evadna Brey (November 23, 1931 – March 21, 2015), née Elizabeth Evadna Mullen, was an American competition swimmer who represented the United States at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia.[1] Brey swam for the silver medal-winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay.[1][2] She was not eligible to receive a medal under the 1956 Olympic swimming rules, however, because she did not swim in the relay final. In addition to her Olympic appearance, Brey also competed at the 1951 and 1955 Pan American Games and won two gold and two silver medals.

Following her Olympic experience, she became the swim coach at George Washington University. Her husband Paul was a high school athletics director in Maryland. Her son Mike Brey is the men's basketball coach at the University of Notre Dame,[3] daughter Brenda was a swimmer at Louisiana State University and is a physical education teacher, while son Shane is the assistant athletics director at the University of Central Florida.[4] Brey graduated from Purdue University in 1953, and served in the United States Army as an officer.[5]

Brey died March 21, 2015 of a heart attack; she was 83 years old.

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  1. ^ a b, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Betty Brey. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  2. ^, Olympic Sports, United States Swimming at the 1956 Melbourne Summer Games. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  3. ^ Norlander, Matt (March 22, 2015). "Winning Notre Dame coach Mike Brey reveals his mom died on Saturday". The Roanoke Times. Retrieved March 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Mike Brey Bio," - University of Norte Dame Official Athletic Site. Retrieved March 22, 2015.
  5. ^ Paul Reinhard, "Ahead Of Her Time Weissport Native Betty Mullen Brey Had A Practice Regimen That Was Years Ahead Of Its Time And Helped The 15-year-old Swimmer Qualify For The 1948 Olympic Trials.," The Morning Call (December 17, 1999). Retrieved March 22, 2015.