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Ellie Daniel

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Ellie Daniel
Personal information
Full nameEleanor Suzanne Daniel
National teamUnited States
Born (1950-06-11) June 11, 1950 (age 74)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight143 lb (65 kg)
ClubArden Hills Swim Club,
Vesper Boat Club
College teamUniversity of Pennsylvania
CoachMary Freeman Kelly
George Breen
Medal record
Women's swimming
Representing the United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1968 Mexico City 4x100 m medley
Silver medal – second place 1968 Mexico City 100 m butterfly
Bronze medal – third place 1968 Mexico City 200 m butterfly
Bronze medal – third place 1972 Munich 200 m butterfly
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1967 Winnipeg 100 m butterfly
Gold medal – first place 1967 Winnipeg 4x100 m medley
Bronze medal – third place 1970 Turin 100m butterfly

Eleanor Suzanne Daniel (born June 11, 1950), is an American former competition swimmer, four-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder.

Early age group swimming[edit]

Coach Mary Freeman Kelly

In her earlier years, Daniel trained with Hall of Fame Coach Mary Freeman Kelly at the Vesper Boat Club team in Philadelphia. She started on the "B" team, swimming at the aquarium, underneath the art museum. The following year, she made the "A" team, which practiced at the University of Pennsylvania's Weightman Hall pool.[1]

Later, when her family moved to California around 1967, she swam with Hall of Fame Coach Sherm Chavoor's at Arden Hills Swim Club in Sacramento.[2] In her second year of competition, she came in eighth in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the AAU national championships.[2] 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.[2] Around 1967, she graduated Abington Senior High in Abington, Pennsylvania.[1]

1967 Pan Am games[edit]

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).

1968 Olympics[edit]

Daniel represented the United States at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where she competed in three events.[3] 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).[3] In individual competition, she won a silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly, and a bronze medal in the 200-meter butterfly.[3]

1972 Olympics[edit]

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.[3]

She held the 200-meter butterfly (long course) world record (2:18.4) from August 1971 to August 1972.[3] In her swimming career, she was a national champion seven times and took 14 individual American and/or national records.[4]


Daniel is a 1976 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, and trained with both the Women's team and Penn's Men swim team under Hall of Fame Coach George Breen, a former Olympian. She was a standout on the Women's team. She had a double major in psychology and elementary education, and later attended law school.[1] She is currently a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.[5]

Swimming administration[edit]

She was an executive member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and the U.S. Olympic Committee's Athletes Advisory Council. She was a member of the Speakers' Bureau for the Olympic Organizing Committee before the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games.[4]


Daniel was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1997.[6] She is also a member of the University of Pennsylvania Athletic Hall of Fame.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Elie Daniel". ivy50.com. ivy50. Retrieved March 15, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c Ivy50.com, Ivy Women in Sports, Ellie Daniel. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Ellie Daniel Archived 2009-07-15 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Penn Athletics, Elie Daniel (USA)". pennathletics.com. Penn Athletics. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  5. ^ "Elie Daniel (USA)". olympedia.org. Olympedia. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
  6. ^ "Swimming Hall of Fame, Elie Daniel". ISHOF.org. International Swimming Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on April 2, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015.

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