Helen Varcoe

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Helen Varcoe
Personal information
Full name Helen Gradwell Varcoe
National team  Great Britain
Born (1907-02-18)18 February 1907
Truro, England
Died May 1995 (aged 88)
Croydon, London, England
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle

Helen Gradwell Varcoe (18 February 1907 – May 1995), later known by her married name Helen Nicholls, was an English competitive swimmer who represented Great Britain at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.[1] Varcoe won a bronze medal swimming the anchor leg for the British women's team in the 4×100-metre freestyle relay, together with her teammates Joyce Cooper, Valerie Davies and Edna Hughes.[1][2] The British women finished third with a time of 4:52.4, behind the Americans (4:38.0) and Dutch (4:47.5), and ahead of the Canadians (5:05.7).[3]

Varcoe was born in Croydon, London, and died in Truro, Cornwall.[1][4]

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  1. ^ a b c Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Helen Varcoe. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  2. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Great Britain Swimming at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  3. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games, Women's 4 × 100 metres Freestyle Relay. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  4. ^ England & Wales, FreeBMD Birth Index: Helen Gradwell Varcoe; Apr-May-Jun quarter 1907; District: Croydon; Volume: 2a; Page: 255.

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