Mealiffe, Michael
Swimming
Mealiffe parlayed his love of the water into a brilliant career highlighted by All-America honors at Fresno High and USC -- and decades later, a record-setting return to the pool as a Masters competitor. _Born 15 minutes before his twin brother, Pat, in 1940, Mealiffe started swimming at age 11 and soon hooked up with legendary coach George Haines in Santa Clara. His family moved to Fresno a short time later, and Mealiffe joined the Fresno YMCA swim team coached by Gene Stephens. _It was the beginning of a career that would see Mealiffe set numerous AAU age-group and Junior Olympic records in the backstroke and, ultimately, in 1961, the world record for the 110-yard butterfly. That mark -- which Mealifee describes as the high point of his career -- was set at the Airways pool in Fresno. _While at Fresno High, he swam for Jack Skadden, an ex-Navy frogman who built the Warriors into a powerhouse. Mealiffe went undefeated in high school, and, in 1959, was a member of the 200-yard medley relay team that set the national high school record. _Mealiffe starred at USC, becoming a three-time All-American and helping the Trojans win the 1963 NCAA men's title by placing second in the 100 and 200 butterfly. _Mealiffe returned to swimming in 1990, and broke the Masters world records for the 50-54 age group in both the 50-meter and 100-meter butterfly. Seven years later, he set the world Masters mark for the 55-59 age group in the 50-yard butterfly.
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