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Madison, Helene Emmalocked

(19 June 1913–25 November 1970)
  • Frank V. Phelps


Madison, Helene Emma (19 June 1913–25 November 1970), swimmer, was born in South Bend, Washington, the daughter of Charles William Madison and Cecilia Helene Ensby. During her childhood the family moved to Seattle, Washington, where her father operated a dry-cleaning business. At age five Helene learned to swim the dog paddle and then the crawl in Green Lake. In 1927 she won her first race, a 50-yard sidestroke event, at a Seattle Parks meet. Switching her practice sessions from Green Lake to Seattle’s Crystal Pool, she improved her abilities gradually. She finished second in a 100-yard freestyle competition at the 1928 state championships. Impressed by Helene’s potential, Ray Daughters, the swim coach at Crystal Pool, began teaching her the six-beat crawl stroke and other techniques that shortly transformed her into a champion....

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