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Irving F. "Irv" McCalmon, Jr.

Inducted May 2002


Irv McCalmon, pound for pound, was arguably the best swimmer to come out of the state of Maine.  He lost only one individual race in four years at Portland High School. 

He was New England Champion in the 200 yard freestyle, the 200 yard medley swim, and twice he won the 400 yard freestyle.  Irving was the first Maine schoolboy to go under two minutes in the 200 yard freestyle (1:58.5) in 1961. 

Irv worked eight years at the Portland Boys Club, three years as Swim Director at Reiche School, 13 years as teacher and administrator for Greater Portland Christian School and currently is the Facilities Supervisor for the Galilee Baptist Church. 

Besides Portland High School, Irving attended  Kent State University and the University of Maine/Gorham earning a degree in education (1977) and a master's degree in administration (1981). 

Irving served six years in the United States Coast Guard and was a member of the following swim teams during his career:  Portland Boys Club, Portland Seals, Jack Junior High School, Portland High School, Kent State University, and Portland Masters.