- John Kinsella (swimmer)
John Pitann Kinsella (born
August 26, 1952) was a standout at Illinois swimmingpowerhouse Hinsdale Central High Schoolin the late 1960s. As a 16 year-old, he was the silver medalist in the 1500 meter freesyle at the 1968 Summer Olympics, finishing second to U.S. teammate Mike Burton.
Kinsella was a member of the gold medal-winning 800 freestyle relay team at the
1972 Summer Olympics. In 1970 he was awarded the Amateur Athletic Union's James E. Sullivan Awardfor outstanding amateur athlete. In that same year he became the first person to swim 1,500 meters under 16 minutes. Kinsella, Mark Spitzand Gary Hall Sr.were part of James Counsilman's legendary team at Indiana University, which dominated men's college swimming in the early 1970s. Kinsella was the NCAA Division 1 champion in the 500 and 1650 freestyle events in 1971, 1972 and 1973. After college, Kinsella went on to swim professionally, setting a time record for swimming the English Channel. He is a member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Following his swimming career, Kinsella attended
Harvard Business School, and joined RBC Dain Rauscherfirm as an investment officer.
World record progression 1500 metres freestyle
* http://www.ncaa.org/library/records/winter_champs_records_book/2004/2004_winter_champs_records.pdf (page 203).
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