In the early 1960's, women’s swimming was dominated by
teenagers. There were no collegiate programs for
women in those days and women swimmers typically
retired after high school. In 1963, two fifteen year
olds, Donna deVarona and Sharon Finneran took turns
breaking the world record in the 400 Individual
Medley. These videos show the pre race interview, the
race and post race interviews with two of the greatest
women swimmers of the pre-title IX era of the 1960's.
After winning two gold medals at the 1964 Olympic
Games, Donna retired from competitive swimming and
went on to become one of the leading figures in the
ongoing fight for gender equity.