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Catalog Number 2009.030.131
Description Plaque commemorating John Naber being inducted into the San Mateo County Sports Hall of Fame on May 17, 1989. Plaque includes image of Naber and a brief biography: "John Naber, a graduate of Woodside High School, electrified the sports world in 1976 with his swimming exploits. Naber, of Menlo Park, churned his way to four gold medals and one silver medal in the Olympic Games of Montreal. / The lanky, affable Naber, who graduated from the University of Southern California, finished first in record time in the 100 and 200 meter backstroke (55.49 and 1:59.19 respectively) and came in second by a split-second behind teammate Bruce Furniss in the 200 meter freestyle. Naver also earned gold medals as a member of the 4x100 meter medley relay and the 4x200 meter freestyle relay teams. The Naber-led U.S. swimming team captured 12 of the 13 possible gold medals and 10 of 11 possible silvers. / Naber began swimming seriously at Woodside. He Led USC's swim team to four straight NCAA championships. At AAU meets, he took firsts in 18 individual events and as a member of seven relay teams. In 1977, he was chosen as the winner of the Sullivan Award, given annually to the nation's outstanding amateur athlete."
Object Name Plaque, Award
Collection 3D - Personal Symbols
Title John Naber Sports Hall of Fame Plaque
Date May 17, 1989
Species Plaque
Inscription Text "Alpine's specially hand-crafted hand-rubbed wood plaques offer you a quality product for rock bottom prices / Alpine / Awards / Inc." (black, green and white sticker on back complete with locations and addresses)
Provenance Plaque and induction was sponsored by The Times of San Mateo.
Dimensions H-12 W-9 D-1 inches
Search Terms Sports
Swimming
U.S. Olympics
Woodside High School
University Southern California
Naber, John
Subjects Awards
Sports
Swimming
Swimmers
People Naber, John