Saint Louis head swimming and diving coach Jim Halliburton recorded 13 first-place finishes, in record-setting fashion, at the St. Louis Senior Olympics last weekend at the Chesterfield Jewish Community Center. He won every event in which he participated for the second straight year.
Halliburton shattered his own marks in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle, the 50, 100 and 200 backstroke, the 50 and 100 butterfly, and the 100 and 200 individual medley. He also established standards in the 50, 100 and 200 breaststroke, events in which he did not compete last year. Halliburton now owns all 14 records in the men’s 50-54 age group.
The winningest swimming and diving coach in SLU history, Halliburton has coached two world-record holders and 20 swimmers in the Olympic Trials. Two of his swimmers have competed in the Olympic Games. More than 50 swimmers training under him have ranked in the top 16 in the United States in their age group, and eight of them were ranked No. 1.
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