Dayton Area Sports History

Swimming/Diving

Swimming

Renee Laravie, an Alter High School senior, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Women’s Swim team for the Montreal Olympics in 1976.  In 1979 she set a national record in the 100-yard breast stroke while at the University of Florida.  Hoping to make the 1980 Olympic team, she missed out in the trials and retired from swimming.

 

Diving

Tom Gompf, a Stivers High School graduate, earned All America recognition in platform (10-meter) diving while at Ohio State.  In 1964, Tom won a bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics in platform diving.  He became a judge in the diving competition at the 1972 Munich Olympics and was the manager of the U.S. diving team at the 1976 Montreal Games and the 1984 Los Angeles Games.  Tom was also the chairman of the International Committee of the U.S. Diving Federation which dispatched teams to international events around the world.

 

Sam Hall, while an Ohio State student, was co-captain of the diving team and was conference champion in the 1-meter and 3-meter boards.  He was a Big Ten and NCAA 3-meter champion in 1959.  Sam is well known for winning a silver medal in the 3-meter board division in the 1960 Rome Olympics.