Santa Clara Swim Club
Mark Spitz Inducted into
the San Jose Hall of Fame
On Wednesday, November 14, 2007, our own Mark Spitz was
inducted into the San Jose Hall of Fame, joining other
SCSC swimmers in that honor.
SCSC is proud to have Mark Spitz at the top of our long
list of great Olympic swimmers! At age 14, just as he
was starting high school, Mark moved from Sacramento to
Santa Clara to train with the great George Haines. He
has left an indelible legacy here, and he continues to
be the standard by which great swimmers are measured.
From 1964 to 1968 Mark trained with Haines at SCSC and
Santa Clara High School. During his four years here, Mark
held national high school records in every stroke and
in every distance. It was a remarkable and unprecedented
In 1966 by age 16, Mark won his first National Championship
in the 100 meter butterfly. This was the first of 24 AAU
titles Mark would hold during his incredible swimming
The following year, 1967 Mark set his first world record
at a small California meet, in the 400 meter freestyle,
with a time of 4:10.60, and emerged on the world swimming
stage. Later that same year, he won 5 gold medals at the
Pan American Games in Winnipeg.
By 1968, at age 18, Mark held 26 National and International
titles, and had set 36 National and International records.
He finished his career at SCSC in 1968 after the Mexico City
Olympics, where he won a total of 4 Olympic Medals, including
2 golds in the 400 meter and 800 meter Freestyle Relays, 1 silver
medal in the 100 meter butterfly, and 1 bronze in the 100 meter
Of course, Mark is most renowned for his unparalleled performance
at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, where he was the first person
to win 7 Olympic gold medals, while setting 7 world and Olympic
records. That incredible feat has yet to be equaled.
Other SCSC Swimmers inducted into the SJHOF are George Haines,
Donna de Varona , Claudia Kolb, Chris von Saltza, Pablo Morales,
and Anne Warner Cribbs.
The SCSC tradition of excellence continues!