Sharon Finneran

Sharon Evans Finneran (born February 4, 1946), also known by her married name Sharon Rittenhouse, is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder in three events. She represented the United States as an 18-year-old at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Finneran received a silver medal for her second-place finish in the women's 400-meter individual medley – completing an all-American sweep of the event with Donna de Varona and Martha Randall.[1] In 1981 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[2]

Sharon Finneran
Finneran in 1962
Personal information
Full nameSharon Evans Finneran
National teamUnited States
Born (1946-02-04) February 4, 1946
Rockville Centre, New York, U.S.
Height5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)
Weight110 lb (50 kg)
StrokesIndividual medley
ClubLos Angeles Athletic Club

In retirement Finneran took part in masters swimming tournaments. Her four siblings were competitive swimmers, divers and water polo players. Her brother Mike Finneran placed fifth in springboard diving at the 1972 Summer Olympics, and her daughter Ariel Rittenhouse finished fourth at the 2008 Summer Olympics, also in springboard diving.[1]

See also


Preceded by

Donna de Varona
Donna de Varona
Women's 400-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)

July 26, 1962 – July 26, 1962
July 28, 1962 – March 10, 1964
Succeeded by

Donna de Varona
Donna de Varona

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