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Whitney Leeman-Zeiger

Inducted May 2005

Whitney was discovered at the Bucksport community pool and encouraged to join a club team as Bucksport had none.  She joined Mavis Falvey of the Bangor YWCA Marlins swim team in 1974.   She quickly was establishing Maine AAU state records and by 1977 had set 12 individual state records in all strokes and individual medleys.

She attended Pine Crest School in 1977 and joined their club swim team.  She was the National Junior Champion in the 100 backstroke in 1978 and narrowly missed the Olympic Trials cut time for the backstroke. 

She returned to Maine to attend University of Maine at Orono on a full swim scholarship for Coach Jeff Wren.  During her collegiate career at Maine, Whitney won 16 individual New England swim titles and was named the 1985 Kay Fromer Award Winner, an award given to the New England swimmer that scored the most points over their four year career. 

In 1984 she was the NCAA Division 2 National Champion in the 200 Backstroke and an Olympic Trials qualifier that year but elected not to attend the meet.  By her senior year she held many individual and relay school records.  

Whitney was named by Sports Illustrated Magazine as one of Maine's all-time Top 50 Greatest Sports Figures in a 1999 article.