Akron native Elwood "Red" Woodling began a one-man assault on backstroke and distance swimming championships and records in 1935. That year he won the national junior AAU mile, established a new district AAU record in the 100-yard backstroke, and was selected to the All-American prep swimming team. Before starring at Ohio State U, Woodling made a shambles of a six-mile event at Atlantic City. Only five swimmers finished, including the record holder - and he was almost a half mile behind Woodling who shattered the old mark by almost 27 minutes. During his Ohio State career, the Buckeyes were 1938 AAU, 1938 and 1939 Big Ten and 1938-39 NCAA champions. Elwood was selected on the All-American long distance teams in 1936, 1937, and 1938.