Irene Guest (USA)

Honor Pioneer Swimmer (1990)

The information on this page was written the year of their induction.

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.