Swimming Facts: History
Ancient drawings and paintings found in Egypt depicting people swimming date back to 2500 AD.
Swimming became an amateur sport in the late part of the nineteenth century.
Swimming became a part of the Olympic Games in 1896.
Swimming in the Olympics started as a men’s event only but women were able to participate starting in 1912.
The first man to cross the English Channel swimming from England to France is Englishman Captain Matthew Webb in 1875.
The first woman to swim the English Channel is Gertrude Ederle, who was actually just a teenager at that time in 1926.
Mark Spitz was the first Olympic swimmer to win seven gold medals in a single Olympiad in the 1972 games.