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Eleanor Suzanne Daniel (born June 11, 1950), also known by her married name Ellie Drye, is an American former competition swimmer, four-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder.

Ellie Daniel
Personal information
Full nameEleanor Suzanne Daniel
National teamUnited States
Born (1950-06-11) June 11, 1950 (age 69)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight143 lb (65 kg)
ClubArden Hills Swim Club,
Vesper Boat Club
College teamUniversity of Pennsylvania

As a teenager, Daniel trained with coach Mary Freeman Kelly at the Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia.[1] In her second year, she came in eighth in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the AAU national championships.[1] Afterward, she switched to the butterfly stroke, which came naturally to her because she was double-jointed in her back and her strength was in her shoulders, and won seven national championships.[1] At the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she won gold medals in the 100-meter butterfly (1:05.24), and swimming the butterfly leg in the 4×100-meter medley relay with her teammates Kendis Moore (backstroke), Catie Ball (breaststroke), and Wendy Fordyce (freestyle) (4:30.0).

Daniel represented the United States at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, where she competed in three events.[2] She received a gold medal by swimming the butterfly leg for the winning U.S. team in the women's 4×100-meter medley relay, together with teammates Kaye Hall (backstroke), Catie Ball (breaststroke), and Sue Pedersen (freestyle). The American women set a new Olympic record of 4:28.3, defeating the Australians (4:30.0) and West Germans (4:36.4).[2] In individual competition, she won a silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly, and a bronze medal in the 200-meter butterfly.[2]

She received a bronze medal in 200-meter butterfly at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. She also competed in the 100-meter butterfly, finishing sixth in the event final.[2]

Daniel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently a prosecutor with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office.

She held the 200-meter butterfly (long course) world record (2:18.4) from August 1971 to August 1972. Daniel was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Swimmer" in 1997.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c, Ivy Women in Sports, Ellie Daniel. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Ellie Daniel Archived 2009-07-15 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  3. ^ International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Elie Daniel (USA). Retrieved March 15, 2015.

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