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|Wilson High School Boys Swimming |
Between 1960 and 1983, the Wilson Boys Swimming program won 24 state championships. This streak is recognized by the National Federation of State High School Associations as the longest recorded by a single coach, Dick Hannula, at one public school in high school boys swimming history.
During those years, the Wilson program produced 48 All-Americans and also remained undefeated through 323 meets, including both district and state championships. The 1970 team won 10 of 11 events at the state championship, including a sweep of the top four places in the 200-yard freestyle. Because of their efforts in the pool, the Wilson team was considered one of the two top teams in the nation that year.
Four swimmers finished with the fastest time for their relative events in the US High School All-American listings during this 23-year span: Dave Hannula (1972) 200 individual medley; Rod Steward (1972, 1973) 100 butterfly; Dick Hannula Jr. (1975) 200 and 500 freestyle (both were national records); and Mark Smith (1975) 100 freestyle.