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Andy Fela

In 1928 Fela, an 18-year-old swimmer for Larry Ricker’s East High School tank team, qualified for the national high school championships at Northwestern University Evanston, III. To send Fela to the nationals the Beacon Journal sold “shares” at $1 each. Fela rewarded his “backers” on the first day of competition by swimming to a new world interscholastic record of 1:06:1 in the 100-yard backstroke. A three-time all-American for Ohio State University, Fela was rated by OSU coach Mike Peppe “the first polished swimmer the Buckeyes had.”

Inducted 1957 | Swimming