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Mary Ann Meekins Inducted to Deland Hall of Fame

posted March 22, 2007 @ 4:57 PM  |  Swimmer Profiles category

Mary Ann Walts Meekins swam at DeLand High School and was in the Class of 1944. Former DHS Coach "Spec" Martin was the one who got her to the state meets, where in 1941 she won three events. No one at DeLand High School had repeated as a state champion until the 2000 season when Sara McLarty, the granddaughter of Meekins teammate Cynthia Fogle Bruce, won an event.

Meekins swam for the Riviera Club out of Indianapolis where she earned All-American honors from 1941-1944. She set the national record for the 800-Freestyle event.

World War II prevented her or anyone else from swimming in the Olympics in 1944. She however, was presented a certificate of being on the 1944 Mythical Olympic Team. To this date, she still swims with Masters (Dynoswim) Programs.

She and her husband Charles, reside in Flagler Beach, Florida.

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