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Mary Sears

Full name: Mary Jane Sears
Gender: Female
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Born: May 10, 1939 in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Affiliations: Walter Reed Swim Club, Washington (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Mary Sears was primarily a breaststroker, but it was in the butterfly that she won her Olympic medal, after finishing no better than seventh in the 200 m breaststroke in Melbourne. One year earlier at the 1955 Pan American Games she won gold with the 4×100 metre medley team (with Coralie O'Connor, Betty Mullen, and the non-Olympian Wanda L. Werner) and silver in the 200 m breaststroke. Sears, who competed for the Walter Reed SC, won four AAU titles indoors and four outdoors in breaststroke events, but she never won a national championship using the style that took her to an Olympic medal. Miss Sears later became Mrs. William Parks and, with her husband, raised four children.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 17 Melbourne Swimming Women's 200 metres Breaststroke United States USA 7
1956 Summer 17 Melbourne Swimming Women's 100 metres Butterfly United States USA 3 Bronze

Women's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 17 Melbourne Swimming United States Final 7 2:57.2
1956 Summer 17 Melbourne Swimming United States Round One Heat One 4 QU 2:58.2

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 17 Melbourne Swimming United States Final 3 1:14.4
1956 Summer 17 Melbourne Swimming United States Round One Heat Two 2 QU 1:15.1
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