Jim Montgomery (swimmer)

James Paul Montgomery (born January 24, 1955) is an American former competition swimmer, four-time Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. Montgomery was the first man to break the 50-second barrier (49.99) in the 100-meter freestyle,[1] at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, where he won three gold medals and one bronze.[2]

Jim Montgomery
Personal information
Full nameJames Paul Montgomery
National teamUnited States
Born (1955-01-24) January 24, 1955
Madison, Wisconsin
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight194 lb (88 kg)
ClubGatorade Swim Club
College teamIndiana University

Montgomery won five gold medals in freestyle events at the first World Championships in 1973. From Yugoslavia, Montgomery went to Indiana University, swam for Doc Counsilman for four years, with the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games taking place between his junior and senior years.[3][4]

He founded the Dallas Masters swim program in 1981 and later renamed it the Lone Star Masters. In 1990, the name officially became Baylor/Lone Star Masters.[5] He began teaching swim lessons in 2007, including a class to help adults get past their fear of water.

He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1986 as an Honor Swimmer.[6]

He coached varsity swimming at the Greenhill School in Addison, Texas from 1999 to 2016. He resigned in 2016 to launch the Jim Montgomery Swim School.[7]

He also is the founder of the Dallas Aquatic Masters club team and in 2002 was named United States Masters Swimming (USMS) Coach of the Year.[8][9]

See also


  1. Stories about USMS Swimmers: Jim Montgomery originally published 2000-07-19, updated 2005-05-28, retrieved 2009-06-23.
  2. Jim Montgomery Archived 2012-01-27 at the Wayback Machine. sports-reference.com
  3. Indiana Hoosiers. grfx.cstv.com
  4. Indiana University Archives. indiana.edu
  5. History & Archives. usms.org
  6. International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Jim Montgomery (USA). Retrieved April 11, 2015.
  7. Jim Montgomery Swim School - About Jim. jmswim.com.
  8. Recipients of the Speedo/U.S. Masters Swimming Coach of the Year Award from the USMS website (www.usms.org); retrieved 2009-06-23.
  9. Dallas Aquatic Masters. clubassistant.com


  • Mastering Swimming / Your guide for fitness, training, and competition, by Jim Montgomery/Mo Chambers, Human Kinetics Publishers, 2008-10-24, ISBN 978-0-7360-7453-7

Preceded by
Mark Spitz
Men's 100-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

June 21, 1975 – August 3, 1975
Succeeded by
Andy Coan
Preceded by
Andy Coan
Men's 100-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

August 23, 1975 – August 14, 1976
Succeeded by
Jonty Skinner

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