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Jerry Holan

Full name: Gerald Ray "Jerry" Holan
Gender: Male
Born: May 27, 1931 in Westchester, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: Ohio State Buckeyes, Columbus (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming


Jerry Holan was 1949 National High School Champion in the 100-yard breaststroke, swimming for Proviso Township High School in Maywood, Illinois, and won the National YMCA 200-yard breaststroke championship that year. He started college at Iowa State but dropped out within two weeks and later attended The Ohio State University. Holan was an All-American for the Buckeyes in 1951, 1952, and 1953, helping them win the Big 10 300 yard medley relay all three years. In 1953 he won the Big 10 200 yd breaststroke and was NCAA Champion in the 200 yard butterfly, before that stroke used a dolphin kick. He also helped Ohio State win NCAA titles in the medley relay in 1951 and 1953.

After graduating from Ohio State with a business degree, Holan began work for Bell Telephone. He left for a tour of duty in the Korean War, as an artillery officer with the US Army, but returned after the war to work for Bell for his entire business career. Holan was inducted into the Ohio State Hall of Fame in 1997.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming Men's 200 metres Breaststroke United States USA 4 h1 r2/3

Men's 200 metres Breaststroke

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming United States Semi-Finals Heat One 4 2:39.2
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Swimming United States Round One Heat Five 1 Q/OR 2:36.8
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