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Edward Arnold "Ted" Stickles (born April 7, 1942) is an American former competition swimmer and former world record-holder. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1995[1] and into the Indiana University Hall of Fame in 1998.[2]

Edward Stickles
Edward Stickles 1962.jpg
Stickles in 1962
Personal information
Full nameEdward Arnold Stickles
Born (1942-04-07) April 7, 1942 (age 77)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
StrokesMedley swimming
College teamIndiana University

Swimming careerEdit

Stickles swam with James Counsilman's Indiana University team from 1962 to 1965. At one point during his career, he and his roommate, Chet Jastremski, held a total of seven world records. He broke a total of nine world records in the individual medley in the early 1960s.[1]


  • Four world records – 400m individual medley
  • Eight U.S. National AAU Championships – 200 m individual medley, 400m individual medley

Coaching careerEdit

Stickles was the head swimming coach for the Illinois Fighting Illini swimming team at the University of Illinois. He was also head coach of the LSU Tigers (1973–1980) and LSU Lady Tigers (1980) swimming and diving teams at Louisiana State University.[3]

Personal lifeEdit

Stickles now resides in Louisiana with wife and two children. His sister Terri is a former Olympic swimmer. Ted developed tendinitis in his elbow and consequently missed the 1964 Olympics – otherwise Ted and Terri would have been the first brother and sister to make an Olympic team.[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Edward "Ted" Stickles (USA). International Swimming Hall of Fame
  2. ^ Class of 1998. Indiana Hoosiers Hall of Fame website
  3. ^ "2017–18 LSU Swimming and Diving Media Guide". LSU Athletics Department. p. 22. Retrieved July 31, 2018.

Preceded by
Dennis Rounsaville
Men's 400-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)

July 1, 1961 – May 24, 1962
Succeeded by
Gerhard Hetz
Preceded by
Gerhard Hetz
Men's 400-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)

June 30, 1962 – October 12, 1963
Succeeded by
Gerhard Hetz
Preceded by
John McGill
Men's 200-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)

July 23, 1960 – August 19, 1961
Succeeded by
Dick Roth