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Bill Heusner

Full name: William Wilder "Bill" Heusner, Jr.
Gender: Male
Born: June 28, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 9, 2002 in East Lansing, Michigan, United States
Affiliations: Northwestern Wildcats, Evanston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Biography

A distance swimmer, Bill Heusner swam for Northwestern University, winning three Big 10 titles and two NCAA Championships, the 1,500 metre freestyles in 1948-49. At the 1952 Pan American Games Heusner won two relay medals, a gold in the 4x200 freestyle relay and a silver in the 4x100 freestyle relay.

Heusner graduated with a degree mathematics and physics in 1949, later earning a master's degree in physical education, both at Northwestern. He then earned a PhD from the University of Illinois in physical education, physiology and statistics in 1955. Heusner became a physical education professor and swim coach, starting at the University of Minnesota in 1957-62. He then spent 27 years at Michigan State University. He received many honors for his coaching, including the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Service to Aquatics Award, the Michigan Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Outstanding Service Award and the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association Service Award for contributions to the Sport of Swimming.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 21 London Swimming Men's 400 metres Freestyle United States USA 5 h2 r2/3
1948 Summer 21 London Swimming Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle United States USA 8

Men's 400 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 21 London Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 5 4:57.4
1948 Summer 21 London Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 2 QU 4:58.3

Men's 1,500 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1948 Summer 21 London Swimming United States Final 8 20:45.4
1948 Summer 21 London Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 4 QC 20:23.9
1948 Summer 21 London Swimming United States Round One Heat One 1 QU 20:29.6
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