Mariechen Wehselau

Mariechen M. Wehselau (May 15, 1906 – July 12, 1992), also known by her married name Mariechen Jackson, was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and world record-holder.

Mariechen Wehselau
Wehselau in 1926
Personal information
Full nameMariechen M. Wehselau
National team United States
Born(1906-05-15)May 15, 1906
Honolulu, Hawaii
DiedJuly 12, 1992(1992-07-12) (aged 86)
Honolulu, Hawaii
ClubOutrigger Canoe Club
CoachDad Center[1]

Wehselau represented the United States at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris.[2] She won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, together with American teammates Euphrasia Donnelly, Gertrude Ederle and Ethel Lackie.[2][3] The U.S. relay team set a new world record of 4:58.8 in the event final.[2] Individually, she also received a silver medal for her second-place performance in the 100-meter freestyle, finishing with a time of 1:12.8, immediately behind American teammate Ethel Lackie.[2][4]

After the Games Wehselau was invited by the Australian Swimming Association to compete in local championships and perform in exhibitions. She then returned to Hawaii, where from 1928 to 1937 she trained swimmers together with her past coach Dad Center. In 1989 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame as an "Honor Pioneer Swimmer".[1] She died in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1992.

See also


  1. International Swimming Hall of Fame, Honorees, Mariechen Wehselau (USA). Retrieved April 6, 2015.
  2., Olympic Sports, Athletes, Mariechen Wehselau. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  3., Olympic Sports, United States Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  4., Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games, Women's 100 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved November 22, 2012.

Preceded by

Gertrude Ederle
Women's 100-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

July 19, 1924 – January 28, 1926
Succeeded by

Ethel Lackie

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