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1933 Red Cross swim

1933 Red Cross swim

Aug. 13, 1933: Start of second annual Red Cross one-mile ocean swim to shore at Cabrillo Beach.

Entering the competition were 114 men, women and children. In the next morning’s Los Angeles Times, Jack Singer reported:

CABRILLO BEACH, Aug. 13–Three years ago Gordon Warner saw his first big swimming meet. Right then and there he figured he could be a “champion” swimmer, because he was “jest as big and strong as the other guys.”

Today this same Gordon Warner, Trojan freshman competing unattached, won the second annual Red Cross mile ocean swim by just two feet over Herman Smith, representing the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel. …

Warner, a strapping 20-year-old youth, 6 feet 2 1/2 inches in height and weighing 182 pounds wringing wet, led a powerful field of 114 entrants. Exactly 102 reached their destination.

The winner, who nabbed second in the 440-yard breast-stroke in the S.P.A.A.U. championships recently, covered the route in 25m. 51s., eclipsing the course record held by Paul Wolfe by two minutes. Wolfe, the defending champion, did not enter the affair. …

Warner graduated from USC in 1936 and held several all-American swimming records. The Oct. 23, 1944, Los Angeles Times reported that Warner, after being wounded in World War II, returned to USC and obtained a master’s degree in speech and education.

This photo by staff photographer Fred Coffey was published on the lead sports page of the Aug. 14, 1933, Los Angeles Times.

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