Al Vande Weghe
Vande Weghe in 1938
|Full name||Albert Joseph Vande Weghe|
|National team||United States|
|Born||(1916-07-28)July 28, 1916|
New York, New York
|Died||August 13, 2002(2002-08-13) (aged 86)|
|Club||Newark Athletic Club|
|College team||Princeton University|
Albert Joseph Vande Weghe (July 28, 1916 – August 13, 2002) was an American competition swimmer and Olympic silver medalist.
As a 20-year-old high school senior at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin, Germany, he won the silver medal in the men's 100-meter backstroke. Vande Weghe finished second behind fellow American Adolph Kiefer and recorded a time of 1:07.7. Like Kiefer, Vande Weghe never achieved his full potential as a swimmer after his competition career was interrupted by military service during World War II.
He was known for being the first man to swim the 100-yard backstroke in under a minute, and for the competitive advantage he gained in the turn by inventing the flip turn.
After the Olympics, Vande Weghe attended Princeton University, where he swam for the Princeton Tigers swimming and diving team. He swam for four years without ever losing a college dual meet, and won the NCAA national championship in the 150-yard backstroke three consecutive years. He graduated from Princeton with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1940.