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Gus Sundstom
Gus  Sundstom

Last College:
New York AC

Position:
Contributor

Induction Year:
1988


Elected to Hall of Fame: 1988

Club: New York Athletic Club

College: Unknown

High School: Unknown

Playing Record: 1885 - 1895

Participation:

  • Coach of US Olympic Team 1904 St. Louis MO III (gold)
  • AAU Sr. National Championship Team - won 13 out of 16 in the early 1900's
  • Swimmer & Water Polo Player 1885 - 95

Honors:

  • Wrote the 1st manual on Water Polo in 1901 as part of the Spaulding Sports Library
  • Known as Father of American Swimming 1895 -1910
  • Modified the Australian Crawl by changing the two beat kick to a continuous six beat kick - called the American Crawl, our modern freestyle
  • He appeared on Sports Cards (baseball type)
  • It is estimated that he taught over 100,000 people to swim

Personal:

  • General Supervisor of swimming for the New York City Board of Education
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