Donald Alexander Sheff
Sheff was a member of the United States swimming team at the 1952 Helsinki Games, and competed in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay. In the preliminaries, the U.S. won their heat with a time of 8:30.9 with Sheff swimming the second leg for the U.S. team. In the finals, the U.S. won the gold medal, but Sheff did not swim in the race.
Sheff was one of the top American freestyle swimmers in the early 1950s. In 1951, as a student at Yale, Sheff was named All-America in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, and freestyle relays; that year, Yale won the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Swimming and Diving National Championship. In 1952, he was a member of Yale's 300-yard medley relay team that won the NCAA Championship.
Competing for the New Haven Sports Club, Sheff was a member of the 880-yard freestyle relay team that won the AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) outdoor championship in 1950 and 1951. He was also a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay team that won the AAU indoor championship from 1951-1954, and won the 300-yard medley relay in 1953. Sheff is currently the president of the New York Institute of Photography.
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Use links below to navigate through the olympics section of Jews In Sports.
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
New York Times, July 21-August 2, 1952