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Betty Lachok Russ

Most swimming buffs remember this Akron-born Garfield High graduate as Betty Lachok. She swam for Harold Minto's Firestone Aquatic Club from 1942 through 1948 but, she crowded most of her major achievements into one brilliant season - 1945. Highpoints in '45 were the national junior and senior long-distance championships she put together in the space of 10 days at Clementon Lake, N.J. In both events, Betty established new AAU marks. In one meet she broke nine records. Lachok climaxed the year by nearly beating her idol, Ann Curtis, in a 400 meter race in Los Angeles. She retired from competition after failing to qualify for the 1948 Olympics in the 100 and 400 meter freestyle events.

Inducted 1964 | Swimming