Alan Ford 1942

1948 Olympics, USA Men’s Swimming
Alan Ford was Mercersburg’s second swimmer to win a silver medal at the Olympics, racing to second in the 100 meter freestyle at the 1948 Summer Olympics in London, England for the United States. The first of the many highlights of Ford’s swimming career came in 1943, his first year at Yale University, when he broke Johnny Weissmuller’s 17-year-old world record for the 100 yard freestyle. The following year Ford became the first man to swim 100 yards in under 50 seconds, and it was eight years before Dick Cleveland became the second man under that barrier. Ford also broke the 100 meter freestyle world record twice and won two AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) titles. In 1944 Ford became only the third man in history to win three NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) individual titles in one year. After service in the Navy, Ford staged a comeback, winning a silver medal at the 1948 London Olympics in the 100 meter freestyle in a time of 57.8 seconds.
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