Ellie Daniel

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Ellie Daniel
Personal information
Full nameEleanor Suzanne Daniel
National teamUnited States
Born (1950-06-11) June 11, 1950 (age 72)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight143 lb (65 kg)
ClubArden Hills Swim Club,
Vesper Boat Club
College teamUniversity of Pennsylvania

Eleanor Suzanne Daniel (born June 11, 1950), also known by her married name Ellie Drye, is an American former competition swimmer, four-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder.

As a teenager, Daniel trained with coach Mary Freeman Kelly at the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia.[1] In her second year, she came in eighth in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the AAU national championships.[1] Afterward, she switched to the butterfly stroke, which came naturally to her because she was double-jointed in her back and her strength was in her shoulders, and won seven national championships.[1] At the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she won gold medals in the 100-meter butterfly (1:05.24), and swimming the butterfly leg in the 4×100-meter medley relay with her teammates Kendis Moore (backstroke), Catie Ball (breaststroke), and Wendy Fordyce (freestyle) (4:30.0).

Daniel represented the United States at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where she competed in three events.[2] She received a gold medal by swimming the butterfly leg for the winning U.S. team in the women's 4×100-meter medley relay, together with teammates Kaye Hall (backstroke), Catie Ball (breaststroke), and Sue Pedersen (freestyle). The American women set a new Olympic record of 4:28.3, defeating the Australians (4:30.0) and West Germans (4:36.4).[2] In individual competition, she won a silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly, and a bronze medal in the 200-meter butterfly.[2]

She received a bronze medal in 200-meter butterfly at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. She also competed in the 100-meter butterfly, finishing sixth in the event final.[2]

Daniel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

She held the 200-meter butterfly (long course) world record (2:18.4) from August 1971 to August 1972. Daniel was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1997.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Ivy50.com, Ivy Women in Sports, Ellie Daniel. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Ellie Daniel Archived 2009-07-15 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Elie Daniel (USA)". ISHOF.org. International Swimming Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015.

External links[edit]