Jimmy McLane

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Jimmy McLane
Jimmy McLane and Jack Taylor 1950.jpg
McLane (left) in 1950
Personal information
Full nameJames Price McLane Jr.
Nickname(s)"Jimmy"
National team United States
Born (1930-09-13) September 13, 1930 (age 89)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle
ClubNew Haven Swim Club
College teamYale University

James Price McLane Jr. (born September 13, 1930) is an American former competition swimmer, three-time Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

McLane represented the United States as a 17-year-old at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England.[1] He won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the 4 × 200-meter freestyle relay, with teammates Wally Ris, Wally Wolf and Bill Smith. Ris, McLane, Wolf and Smith set a new world record of 8:46.0 in the event final.[2] At the US Olympic trials of the 1948 4x200-meter freestyle relay, several swimmers who had already qualified in other events slowed down in their heats or swam fast in the prelims and scratched themselves for the final to allow more swimmers to qualify for the US Olympic Team.[3] McLane was one of the two swimmers who swan and scratched themselves from the trials final after having the fastest time in the prelims.

Ultimately, coach Robert Kiphuth did hold a time trial shortly after the actual trials[4] with eleven of the swimmers. This time trial had Jimmy McLane as first overall with a time of 2:11.0, Bill Smith and Wally Wolf in 2:11.2, and Wally Ris in 2:12.4. The next four-Eugene Rogers in 2:14.2, Edwin Gilbert in 2:15.4, Robert Gibe in 2:15.6, and William Dudley in 2:15.9, were used in the Olympic prelims.[5] The next three swimmers-Joe Verdeur who came in 2:16.3, Alan Ford in 2;16.4 and George Hoogerhyde in 2:17.4 were not used in any capacity in the 4x200 freestyle relay.

Individually, he won another gold medal for his first-place showing in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle, with a time of 19:18.5, finishing almost 13 seconds ahead of Australian John Marshall (19:31.3).[6] He also earned a silver medal for his second-place finish in the men's 400-meter freestyle (4:43.4), finishing behind fellow American Bill Smith (4:41.0).[7]

Four years later at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland, he won another gold medal by swimming the anchor leg for the first-place U.S. team in the 4 × 200-meter freestyle relay, together with relay teammates Wayne Moore, Bill Woolsey and Ford Konno. The Americans set a new Olympic record of 8:31.1 in the final.[8] In individual competition, he finished fourth in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle (18:51.5),[9] and seventh in the men's 400-meter freestyle (4:40.3).[10]

McLane was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,[11] and graduated from Phillips Academy. He attended Yale University, where he swam for the Yale Bulldogs swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. He was a member of Skull and Bones, and graduated from Yale in 1953.[12] He retired from swimming after winning three gold medals at the 1955 Pan American Games. In 1970, he was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[13]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Jimmy McLane Archived March 7, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  2. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games, Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Final Archived October 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  3. ^ New York Times 25 July 1948 Page S3
  4. ^ New York Times 28 July 1948 Page 29
  5. ^ Page 128 1948 US Olympic Book
  6. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games, Men's 1500 metres Freestyle Final Archived November 10, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  7. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1948 London Summer Games, Men's 400 metres Freestyle Final Archived October 29, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  8. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games, Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Final Archived January 1, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  9. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games, Men's 1500 metres Freestyle Final Archived November 3, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  10. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games, Men's 400 metres Freestyle Final Archived January 9, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  11. ^ John Lohn, Historical Dictionary of Competitive Swimming, Scarecrow Press, Inc., Lanham, Maryland, p. 94 (2010). Retrieved March 6, 2015.
  12. ^ "Barbara C. Hamby Is Married Here: Little Church Is Setting for Wedding to Pvt. J. McLane, 1952 Olympic Swimmer," The New York Times (January 14, 1954).
  13. ^ Jimmy McLane (USA). International Swimming Hall of Fame

External links[edit]

  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Jimmy McLane". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on March 7, 2009.