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Mike McDermott

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameMichael James "Mike"•McDermott
Used nameMike•McDermott
Born18 January 1893 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Died19 October 1970 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
AffiliationsUS Navy, (USA)
NOC United States


Mike McDermott was US indoor breaststroke champion for nine straight years, from 1910-18. He won 32 national championships in swimming and water polo, competing in both sports. He later developed a lucrative general contracting firm in the Chicago area. In 1955, McDermott served as chairman of the Organizing Committee for the Chicago Pan-American Games. That same year he was elected to the International Swimming Hall of Fame.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Mike McDermott
100 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) DNS
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) AC h4 r1/3
400 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) AC h2 r1/3
1920 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Mike McDermott
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 4 h2 r2/3
400 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 3 h1 r2/3
Water Polo (Aquatics) USA Mike McDermott
Water Polo, Men (Olympic) United States 6