Robert Gawboy
1980 - Swimming - Chippewa

DATE OF BIRTH: June 28, 1932

  • BIRTH PLACE: Vermillion Lake Indian Reservation, Minnesota
  • TRIBE: Chippewa
  • EDUCATION: Purdue University
  • SPORTS DATA: Aquatics - Swimming

ACHIEVEMENTS: College Athletics
  • 1st place winner, 150 yard Individual Medley, 1950 collegiate East-West Meet, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • 2nd place winner, 150 yard Individual Medley, 1952 NCAA Championships Meet
  • Gold Medal Winner, 220 yard breaststroke, at Indoor National AAU Aquatic Meet at Yale University, on April 1, 1955, with World Record time of 2:38.0
COMMENTS: Minnesota Swimmer
  • "Gawboy started working out again in February, 1955. On April 1, 1955, he swam his first race in over two years – the 220 yard breast (underwater breast allowed) at the Indoor National AAU’s at Yale University. T’was unbelievable, but Bob cracked the American Record in the prelims, and in the finals won the gold medal with a World Record Time of 2:38.0 (at that time short course world records were recognized). Remarkable, as he had not swam a race for over two years, he had just undergone surgery, and he had been in training for less than three months."