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Ann Marshall

Inducted 2008

Ann Marshall was a true pioneer in women's athletics during a decade of change.

Born in Ann Arbor, Mich., Marshall was an All-American swimmer at Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale. She was recognized in 1975 as the Most Acclaimed Swimmer in school history. Marshall won five individual FHSAA state titles from 1972-75 in the 100-, 200- and 500-yard freestyle events and was a member of four state champion 400-yard freestyle relay teams. She set national records at the state meet in 1973 in the 200- and 400-yard freestyle events. Also a promising student, Marshall received the Florida Sports Writers Association Outstanding Scholar Athlete for AAA Schools award in 1975. She went on to become the first female swimming scholarship recipient at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and was an 18-time first-team All-America selection.

During her high school years, Marshall was also active on the amateur circuit. She attended her first National AAU Championship in April 1972, and did not make the finals in any of her events; however, later that year she became a member of the 1972 U.S. Olympic Team and placed third in the 200-meter freestyle, breaking Olympic and world records in the preliminaries. She was also a member of the world record-setting 800-meter freestyle relay team, an event that was discontinued before the Munich Games.

In 1973, Marshall won gold at the first Women’s World International Meet in Los Angeles, placing first in the 100- and 500-yard freestyle events. She was selected for the USA team dual meet against East Germany in 1974, where she placed second in the 200-meter backstroke and was a member of the world-record-setting 400-meter freestyle relay team with a time of 3:51.99. Marshall also chalked up five individual gold medals and a silver at the 1975 Pravda International Meet in Leningrad, Russia, and was named the meet’s Outstanding Swimmer.

Marshall was named one of the 50 Greatest Women Swimmers in the history of the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2003 and is a member of the Broward County Sports and North Carolina Swimming Halls of Fame. Her alma mater, Pine Crest, created The Ann Marshall Award, which is presented during the annual Woodson Invitational meet to the outstanding female swimmer. Marshall, now a senior client associate at Merrill Lynch in Fort Lauderdale, joined other Florida Olympians in representing the city of Tampa in its bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.