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100 metres Freestyle, Women

Date10 – 11 August 1928
LocationZwemstadion, Amsterdam
Participants24 from 11 countries
Olympic Record 1:12.2 WR / Mariechen Wehselau USA / 19 July 1924

The American women’s freestyle team arrived in the Netherlands with the expectation of matching their efforts of Antwerp and Paris and sweeping the medal positions. Eleanor Garatti assumed the mantle of favourite when she broke the Olympic record in the semi-final but the final belonged to another American. Albina Osipowich had only finished third in the national trials but in Amsterdam she held off the challenge of Garatti and touched .4 of a second in front of her rival to take the victory. Osipowich’s career was brief and meteoric, after the Olympics she went to college and swimming was relegated to nothing more than a hobby. Two British swimmers, Joyce Cooper and Jean McDowall, fought for the bronze medal and, although some observes thought she was beaten to the touch by her teammate, the judges voted 3-2 in Cooper’s favour.

1Albina OsipowichUSA1:12.4 (1 h4)1:12.2 (1 h1)1:11.0 (1)Gold
2Eleanor GarattiUSA1:14.8 (1 h3)1:11.4 (1 h2)1:11.4 (2)Silver
3Joyce CooperGBR1:16.8 (2 h6)1:14.0 (3 h1)1:13.6 (3)Bronze
4Jean McDowallGBR1:14.0 (1 h1)1:15.6 (2 h2)1:13.8 (4)
5Susan LairdUSA1:14.2 (2 h1)1:13.8 (2 h1)1:14.6 (5)
6Lotte LehmannGER1:15.6 (1 h6)1:15.8 (3 h2)1:15.2 (6)
4 h1 r2/3Vera TannerGBR1:26.4 (2 h3)– (4 h1)
4 h2 r2/3Kathleen RussellRSA1:15.4 (1 h5)– (4 h2)
5 h1 r2/3Ena StockleyNZL1:16.4 (2 h2)– (5 h1)
5 h2 r2/3Rie VierdagNED1:14.4 (3 h1)– (5 h2)
6 h1 r2/3Agnete OlsenDEN1:15.8 (1 h2)– (6 h1)
6 h2 r2/3Kay MillerNZL1:17.2 (2 h4)– (6 h2)
AC h1 r2/3Sarolta StieberHUN1:22.2 (2 h5)– (AC h1)DNF
3 h2 r1/3Zus EngelenbergRSA1:22.6 (3 h2)
3 h4 r1/3Margit SiposHUN1:18.8 (3 h4)
3 h5 r1/3Marguerite DockrellIRL1:31.6 (3 h5)
3 h6 r1/3Bonnie MealingAUS1:20.6 (3 h6)
4 h1 r1/3Reni ErkensGER1:15.0 (4 h1)
4 h2 r1/3Edna DaveyAUS– (4 h2)
4 h6 r1/3Gerda BredgaardDEN– (4 h6)
5 h1 r1/3Rhoda RennieRSA– (5 h1)
5 h2 r1/3Marguerite LedouxFRA– (5 h2)
5 h6 r1/3Anne DupireFRA– (5 h6)
6 h1 r1/3Claire HorrentFRA– (6 h1)
DNSDora SchönemannGER– (DNS h3)
DNSFritzi LöwyAUT– (DNS h3)
DNSZus BraunNED– (DNS h3)
DNSHedevig GjørlingDEN– (DNS h4)
DNS KohnAUT– (DNS h4)
DNSHalina IżyckaPOL– (DNS h5)
DNSWilly den TurkNED– (DNS h5)

Round One (10 August 1928 — 17:05)

Top two in each heat and the next fastest advanced to the semi-finals.

Heat One

14Jean McDowallGBR1:14.0Q
25Susan LairdUSA1:14.2Q
36Rie VierdagNED1:14.4q
43Reni ErkensGER1:15.0
51Rhoda RennieRSA
62Claire HorrentFRA

Heat Two

11Agnete OlsenDEN1:15.8Q
24Ena StockleyNZL1:16.4Q
33Zus EngelenbergRSA1:22.6
42Edna DaveyAUS
55Marguerite LedouxFRA

Heat Three

14Eleanor GarattiUSA1:14.8Q
22Vera TannerGBR1:26.4Q
DNS1Dora SchönemannGER
DNS3Fritzi LöwyAUT
DNS5Zus BraunNED

Heat Four

13Albina OsipowichUSA1:12.4Q
24Kay MillerNZL1:17.2Q
31Margit SiposHUN1:18.8
DNS2Hedevig GjørlingDEN

Heat Five

11Kathleen RussellRSA1:15.4Q
24Sarolta StieberHUN1:22.2Q
32Marguerite DockrellIRL1:31.6
DNS3Halina IżyckaPOL
DNS5Willy den TurkNED

Heat Six

13Lotte LehmannGER1:15.6Q
25Joyce CooperGBR1:16.8Q
32Bonnie MealingAUS1:20.6
41Gerda BredgaardDEN
54Anne DupireFRA

Semi-Finals (11 August 1928 — 10:00)

Top three in each heat advanced to the final.

Heat One

1Albina OsipowichUSA1:12.2QOR
2Susan LairdUSA1:13.8Q
3Joyce CooperGBR1:14.0Q
4Vera TannerGBR
5Ena StockleyNZL
6Agnete OlsenDEN
ACSarolta StieberHUNDNF

Heat Two

1Eleanor GarattiUSA1:11.4QOR
2Jean McDowallGBR1:15.6Q
3Lotte LehmannGER1:15.8Q
4Kathleen RussellRSA
5Rie VierdagNED
6Kay MillerNZL

Final (11 August 1928 — 17:05)

1Albina OsipowichUSA1:11.0WR
2Eleanor GarattiUSA1:11.4
3Joyce CooperGBR1:13.6
4Jean McDowallGBR1:13.8
5Susan LairdUSA1:14.6
6Lotte LehmannGER1:15.2