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Legacies Project Oral History: Dick Kimball

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 10:59am

Dick Kimball was born in 1935 in Rochester, Minnesota. He was the Minnesota high school diving champion four years in a row, and he also excelled in gymnastics, trampoline, and cheerleading. At the University of Michigan, he was the NCAA springboard champion in 1957, and in 1963 he was the Professional World Diving champion. Kimball coached the University of Michigan diving team for 43 years, and several U.S. Olympic diving teams. He has been inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame and the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor.

Dick Kimball was interviewed by students from Skyline High School in Ann Arbor in 2018 as part of the Legacies Project.

State Meet Gets Easier For Pioneer, March 1978

State Meet Gets Easier For Pioneer, March 1978 image
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Ann Arbor News, March 19, 1978
Two In A Row- The Pioneers swim team won its second consecutive state swimming championship along with another South Central Conference title and earned the right to be included in The New's Pictorial of Champions. The Pioneer swimmers are: (From left to right), First Row- Don Thomas, Joe Baulblis, Jason Juback, Bob Kizer, Mark Strohl, Glenn Cole, Russ DeHerder, Chris Keenan, Dan Legault; Second Row- Dave Van Auker, Phil Koester, Ron Betzig, Eric Waldrop, Eric Burgeson. Derek Williamson, Jim Nissen, Matt McKeon, Ron Cunsell, Coach Denny Hill; Third Row- Asst. Coach Ben Fairman, Fred Johnson, Nick McCullough, John Stamos, Scott Russell, Doug Maulbetsch, Bob Bulloch, Dave Thomas, Tim Anderson; Back Row- Barb Stephenson, Vicki Kimball, Kurt Burgeson, Brad Busch, Jayson Barroso, Roger Ehnis, Scott McKeon, Bruce Kimball, and Ann Bullock, Missing from the picture are Asst. Coac John Orcuth, Laura Merwin, and Kathy Buck.