Ginny Duenkel

Ginny Duenkel

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Virginia ("Ginny") Duenkel (March 7, 1947) is an American swimmer who represented the United States at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. She medaled in two swimming events as a 17-year old, winning a Gold medal in the 400 meter freestyle and a Bronze medal in the 100 meter backstroke.

Duenkel was an honoree of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, one of twelve individuals honored in 1985.

Ginny Duenkel Municipal Pool in her hometown of West Orange, New Jersey is named in her honor. She attended West Orange High School."WORLD MARK SET BY ROSE IN SWIM", The New York Times, August 18, 1962, pg. 16."The unherladed 15-year-old Miss Duenkel cracked the listed world record in the 200-meter back-stroke in 2:32.1. The 125-pound sophomore from West Orange High School beat Miss de Varona in a tense dual in the last fifty meters. Donna was clocked in 2:33.1."


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