Irene Guest (USA)
Honor Pioneer Swimmer (1990)
FOR THE RECORD: OLYMPIC GAMES: 1920 gold (relay), silver (100m freestyle).
Irene Guest had either the good fortune or the misfortune of swimming on the same U.S. Olympic team (1920) with the all-time great Ethelda Bleibtrey. Bleibtrey won everything, which left Guest with a silver medal in the 100 meter freestyle (1:17.0), but a gold medal in the 400 meter “team race” (relay) in the Olympic and world’s record time of 4:11.6. The team consisted of Frances Cowells Schroh, Margaret Woodbridge, Bleibtrey and Guest. Irene swam for the Philadelphia Meadowbrook Club and Temple University.