Eleanor Garatti

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Eleanor Garatti
Eleanor Garatti 1924.jpg
Garatti in 1924
Personal information
Full nameEleanor A. Garatti
National team United States
Born(1909-07-12)July 12, 1909
Belvedere, California, U.S.
DiedSeptember 9, 1998(1998-09-09) (aged 89)
Walnut Creek, California, U.S.
ClubWestern Women's Club

Eleanor A. Garatti (July 12, 1909 – September 9, 1998), later known by her married name Eleanor Saville, was an American competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder.

Garatti represented the United States at the 1928 and 1932 Summer Olympics in the 100-meter freestyle and the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. She won a silver and a bronze medal in the 100-meter freestyle, becoming the first woman to win two Olympic medals in the event. She was the only U.S. relay team member to compete at both 1928 and 1932 Olympics; on both occasions the U.S. relay team won the gold medal, breaking the world record in the process. In 1929, Garatti set one more world record, in the individual 100-meter freestyle, becoming the first woman to swim under 1:10.[1]

Garatti was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "honor swimmer" in 1992.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Eleanor Garatti-Saville. Retrieved March 17, 2015.
  2. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Eleanor Garatti-Saville (USA). Retrieved March 17, 2015.
Preceded by
Ethel Lackie
Women's 100-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

7 August 1929 – 25 August 1929
Succeeded by
Albina Osipowich