Truus Baumeister

Geertruida Christina "Truus" Baumeister (1907–2000) was a Dutch freestyle swimmer who won a gold medal in the 4 × 100 m relay at the 1931 European championships.

Truus Baumeister
Dutch 4×100 m team at the 1931 European Championships, with Willy den Ouden, Marie Braun, Truus Baumeister, and Maria Vierdag.
Personal information
Born21 October 1907
Rotterdam, the Netherlands
Died25 December 2000(2000-12-25) (aged 93)
Brooklyn, New York
ClubODZ, Rotterdam

Swimming career

In 1928, Baumeister competed in the 400 m and 4 × 100 m events at the 1928 Summer Olympics.[1] She was eliminated at 3rd place in the first heat of the 400 m freestyle. The Dutch team of Eva Smits, Maria Vierdag, Marie Braun and Baumeister came in a close third, but were disqualified because Baumeister had jumped to early in the water at her changeover.[2][3] Baumeister made amends in 1931 when she and her team won gold in the 4 × 100 m relay at the 1931 European championships, beating the closest competitors by six seconds.


She was born in Rotterdam as the daughter of Arnold Carl Theodor Baumeister and Geertruda Elisabeth Dielissen. In 1936-37 she worked as swimming pool attendant on the cruise ship Statendam and in October 1938 she married Johannes Hoftijzer, who was an engineer on the same ship.[4][5] She emigrated with the name "Gertrude Hoftyzer" to the United States in December 1946, where she joined her husband who had taken residence on 78th Street in Brooklyn, New York, in May of that year.[6][7][8] Hoftijzer died aged 69 in April 1968 in Rock Hill, New York,[9] while Baumeister herself lived to the age of 93, and died on December 25, 2000 in Brooklyn.[10]


  1. Truus Baumeister.
  2. Women's 4 x 100 metres Freestyle Relay at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games at
  3. 1920 - 1940: poldermeisjes aan de top (in Dutch) in which Een arbitrale beslissing bij de 4 x 100 meter vrije slag - Truus Baumeister werd gediskwalificeerd vanwege een te vroege overname - voorkwam dat Nederland ook nog een bronzen medaille aan het totaal toevoegde.
  4. Burgerlijke stand - Gehuwd in Nieuwe Schiedamsche Courant, 22 October 1938
  5. Marriage registry in Rotterdam
  6. Willemijntje "Willy" den Ouden. A biography, note 4
  7. Baumeister aircraft immigration document in "New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957"
  8. Hoftijzer immigration document in New York, Northern Arrival Manifests, 1902-1956
  9. Johannes Hoftyzer in the United States Social Security Death Index
  10. Gertrude Hoftyzer in the United States Social Security Death Index
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