Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Swimming Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 10, 1928
Date Finished: August 11, 1928
The American womenâs freestyle team arrived in the Netherlands with the expectation of matching their efforts of Antwerp and Paris and sweeping the medal positions. [Eleanor Garatti] assumed the mantle of favourite when she broke the Olympic record in the semi-final but the final belonged to another American. [Albina Osipowich] had only finished third in the national trials but in Amsterdam she held off the challenge of Garatti and touched .4 of a second in front of her rival to take the victory. Osipowichâs career was brief and meteoric, after the Olympics she went to college and swimming was relegated to nothing more than a hobby. Two British swimmers, [Joyce King] and [Jean McDowell], recorded identical times as they fought for the bronze medal. King received the medal when three of the five judges voted for her.