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Albert Wiggins

Full name: Albert Marcus Wiggins, Jr.
Gender: Male
Height: 6-3.5 (193 cm)
Weight: 201 lbs (91 kg)
Born: May 27, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 1, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: Ohio State Buckeyes, Columbus (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Biography

Al Wiggins was a versatile swimmer who was the first swimmer to win AAU championships in three strokes – butterfly, backstroke, and freestyle. He attended Ohio State where his coach, Mike Peppe, also the 1952 Olympic coach, to call him the "greatest all-around swimmer I ever coached." During his career Wiggins set four world records in the 100-metre and 100-yard butterfly and won eight AAU Titles in the three strokes mentioned. He also won three NCAA Championships in the 1954 150-yard IM, 200-yard IM and the 400-yard IM. He also won six Big Ten Championships. After college, Wiggins attended Harvard Law School, and then returned to his native Pittsburgh to join Reed Smith Shaw & McClay. He left that group in 1983 and formed his own firm with his second wife, focusing on tax and estate law. He continued to swim throughout his life for exercise and recreation.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming Men's 100 metres Backstroke United States USA 7

Men's 100 metres Backstroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming United States Final 7 1:05.8
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 4 QU 1:06.4
1956 Summer 21 Melbourne Swimming United States Round One Heat One 4 QU 1:06.2
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