Judith Ellen Melick (born June 4, 1954) is an American former competition swimmer who participated as part of the U.S. team at the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Judy Melick
Personal information
Full nameJudith Ellen Melick
National teamUnited States
Born (1954-06-04) June 4, 1954 (age 65)
Summit, New Jersey
Height5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight126 lb (57 kg)
ClubCentral Jersey Aquatic Club
College teamRutgers University

A 17-year-old resident of the Somerset section of Franklin Township, Somerset County, New Jersey, Melick was the youngest of 13 Olympians heading to Munich in 1972.[1]

A 1972 graduate of Rutgers Preparatory School, Melick represented the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.[2][3] She swam the breaststroke leg for the gold medal-winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the women's 4×100-meter medley relay, but was ineligible to receive a medal under the 1972 rules because she did not compete in the event final.[3] Individually, she also competed in the women's 100-meter breaststroke, finishing fifth in the event final with a time of 1:16.34.[4]

Melick later attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where she became the first female swimmer to receive an athletic scholarship. She competed for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights swimming and diving team, even before the university had formed its separate women's swimming team, training and traveling with the men's team before becoming the first captain of the women's swimming team when it was established in 1976.[5]

She later graduated from Harvard Medical School.[6]

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  1. ^ Fremon, Suzanne S. "State Has 13 on Olympic Team", The New York Times, August 13, 1972. Accessed November 22, 2017. "Judy Melick, 17, of Somerset is the youngest of the New Jersey members of the Olympic team.... Frank Elm, her coach, and also the coach of the Rutgers swimming team, is delighted that Miss Melick will enter Douglass College in September as a freshman, and will be able to continue swimming with him."
  2. ^ Staff. "Franklin Girl Will Swim For U.S. Olympic Team", The Franklin News-Record, August 17, 1972. Accessed November 23, 2017. "Judy Melick of Franklin Township will represent the United States in the XX Olympiad in Munich, Germany next month.... The talented honor June graduate of Rutgers Prep School gained the right to represent the U.S. in the Olympics when she finished second in the 100-meter race in the Olympic Trials in Chicago, Ill. on Aug 5."
  3. ^ a b Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Judy Melick. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  4. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1972 München Summer Games, Women's 100 metres Breaststroke Final. Retrieved October 18, 2012.
  5. ^ Hall of Fame 1994 Inductees, Rutgers University. Accessed November 23, 2017. "Melick was the first woman at Rutgers to swim in NCAA competition with the men's varsity before the start of the women's program.... Melick, the first women to serve as a captain of Lady Knight's swimming (1976), placed second at the IAIAW meet in the 100 breaststroke and as a member of the 200 and 400 medley relays."
  6. ^ https://www.usms.org/hist/swimmaster/1983_swimmaster_v12n2_02.pdf

External linksEdit

  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Judy Melick". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.