History of Swimming

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The number of sites available online for this topic is enormous.  This site can not and does not index all available resources.  The following does provide some idea of what is available online and will hopefully be a good starting point for a more extensive search.

Ancient Origins of Swimming __ A history of swimming written for the Sydney Olympics.  Not an official Olympic website. - illustrated - From times-olympics.co.uk - http://www.times-olympics.co.uk/communities/swimming/swimmingancient.html

A Brief Look at Olympic Swimming History __ "Swimming has a long history. But in ancient times, swimming was more a skill than a pleasure and was mostly associated with military operations."  Nobody knows much about whether there were swimming events in the ancient games or not but they are in the modern Olympics. - From syl.com - http://www.syl.com/hb/abrieflookatolympicswimminghistory.html 

Early History of Swimming - The Centenary of Federation __ "From our earliest days Queenslanders have wanted to swim the only problem was hardly anybody knew how to"  Well, things have certainly changed.  Learn how. - From abc.net.au - http://www.abc.net.au/queensland/federation/stories/s281918.htm

Famous Swimmers, Swimming History, and Swimming Animals __ "The history of swimming, famous swimmers from ocean swimmers through Olympians, and a look at a variety of swimming animals."  Many resources. - From about.com - http://swimming.about.com/od/swimhistoryandstars/History_Famous_Swimmers_Swimming_Animals_and_Swim_Science.htm  


HickokSports.com - History - Synchronized Swimming __ "This document is a history of synchronized swimming. It is a page in the History section of HickokSports.com, the largest collection of sports information on the Internet."  If the page looks blank, you have to scroll down a bit to get to the article. - From HickokSports.com - http://www.hickoksports.com/history/synchsw.shtml

History of Competitive Swimming __ A brief overview.  Lots of other information about swimming too. - From sportsrecreationhobbies.com - http://www.sportsrecreationhobbies.com/Swimming/History-of-Competitive-Swimming.html  

History of Swimming __ An encyclopedic article with links to related materials. - illustrated - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_swimming

History of Swimming __ A good history of swimming from ancient times to current. - From comcast.net - http://home.comcast.net/~hot_tub/history-of-swimming.htm

History of swimming section __ Here is a detailed timeline of swimming history beginning in ancient Egypt. - From De Anza College - http://faculty.deanza.edu/donahuemary/stories/storyReader$700

The History of Swimming __ Learn about the development of modern swimming strokes through the history. - From swim-teach.com - http://www.swim-teach.com/history-of-swimming.html

The History Of Swimming __ "The English are considered the first modern society to develop swimming as a sport. By 1837 swimming competitions were being held in London’s six artificial pools, these competitions were organized by the National Swimming Society in England."  A brief overview of the history of swimming as a sport, and not just in England. - From athleticscholarships.net - http://www.athleticscholarships.net/history-of-swimming.htm

History of Swimming (How swimming as a sport became to be?) __ A brief article and a video with the video providing the most information. - illustrated - From swimator.com - http://blog.swimator.com/2011/01/history-of-swimming-how-swimming-as.html


International Swimming Hall of Fame __ Read about the great swimmers.  "Since 1965, ISHOF has promoted swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming, open water swimming, water safety and aquatic art by honoring the great achievements and events in aquatic history." - illustrated - From ISHOF - http://www.ishof.org/

List of Olympic medalists in swimming (men) __ Complete list of men's Olympic medalists in swimming from 1896 to 2008. - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Olympic_medalists_in_swimming_%28men%29

List of Olympic medalists in swimming (women) __ Complete list of women's Olympic medalists in swimming from 1912 to 2008. - From Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Olympic_medalists_in_swimming_%28women%29

A Social History of Swimming in England, 1800-1918 __ While this is a review of a book, it provides a lot of information in its own right. - From history.ac.uk - https://www.history.ac.uk/reviews/reviews/review/681

Sports: Synchronized Swimming __ "They called their invention "ornamental and scientific swimming;" we know it as synchronized swimming. It was a Canadian idea, developed by three Montreal women who recognized that not everyone interested in competitive 
aquatics cared for speed swimming."  A brief one paragraph look. - From University of Saskatchewan - http://library.usask.ca/herstory/synch.html


swimming history - swimmers - divers - stories - storys[sic] - about ... __  Here are the sagas of aquatics, swimming and swimmers throughout the ages. - From about.com - http://swimming.about.com/cs/swimminghistory/

Swimming Pool - The History of Swimming Pools __ "Swimming as an organized activity goes back as far as 2500 B.C. in ancient Egypt and later in ancient Greece, Rome, and Assyria. In Rome and Greece, swimming was part of the education of elementary age boys and the Romans built the first swimming pools (separate from bathing pools)."  A brief look. - From About.com - http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/blswimmingpools.htm 

USA Swimming - History of the Sport __ You will find a good history of swimming including such things as the development of the 'strokes,' great swimmers along with their biographies, Olympic stars and international meets.   Sadly, most of it is in the form of downloadable files. - From usaswimming.org - http://tinyurl.com/bzpzl 


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