Bob Cowell (swimmer)

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Bob Cowell
Personal information
Full name Robert Elmer Cowell
Nickname(s) "Bob"
National team  United States
Born (1924-06-12)June 12, 1924
Died January 11, 1960(1960-01-11) (aged 35)
Athens, Georgia
Height 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
College team U.S. Naval Academy

Robert Elmer Cowell (June 12, 1924 – January 11, 1960) was an American competition swimmer, Olympic medalist, and U.S. Navy officer. At the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England, he received a silver medal for his second-place performance in the men's 100-meter backstroke, finishing with a time of 1:06.5 immediately behind fellow American Allen Stack.[1]

Cowell attended the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was a member of the Navy Midshipmen swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1944 to 1946.[2] He was a member of Navy's NCAA championship team in the 3x100-yard medley relay in 1944, and won the individual NCAA national championship in the 150-yard backstroke in 1946.[2][3] He was also the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) national champion in the 100-meter outdoor backstroke in 1945 and the 150-yard indoor backstroke in 1947.

After graduating from the Naval Academy, he became a career U.S. Navy officer. He died in Athens, Georgia in 1960; he was 35 years old. In his memory, the Naval Academy annually presents the Robert E. Cowell Award to the graduating midshipmen who has shown outstanding swimming ability, leadership and good sportsmanship.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Bob Cowell. Retrieved October 4, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Navy Swimming & Diving, History, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, pp. 54, 72, 85 (2012).
  3. ^, Sports History, NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Champions. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
  4. ^ U.S. Naval Institute, Sailor and Marine Olympic medal winners. Retrieved October 4, 2012.

External links[edit]

  • Bob Cowell – Olympic athlete profile at