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Eleanor Garatti-Seville

  • Sport: Swimming
  • Decade Inducted: 00s

A pioneer of women’s swimming who competed in both the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics and the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, where she was the only U.S. swimmer to appear on both winning relay teams.

A pioneer of women’s swimming, Eleanor Garatti competed in both the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics and the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, where she was the only U.S. swimmer to appear on both winning relay teams. She competed under her maiden name in 1928 and her married name, Garatti-Saville, in 1932.
On both occasions, Garatti-Saville helped the U.S. to new world records. In the 100-meter freestyle, she bettered the Olympic record in the heats both in 1928 and 1932, but failed to win either final.
However, Garatti-Saville had the distinction of becoming the first woman to win two individual bronze Olympic medals in the shortest freestyle event. When she won the second of her two AAU 100m outdoor freestyle titles in 1929, she set a new world record, becoming the first woman to swim under 1:10 for the distance.
Eleanor Garatti-Saville was elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1992 and was elected to the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame in 2000