Frank Legacki (born 1939) is a former championship swimmer. He won two individual, one relay and two team NCAA swimming championships between 1959 and 1961 and set American records in the 50-yard freestyle. He was also a two-time National A.A.U. Champion in the 100 Butterfly and set American records in this event, too. He was inducted into the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1994.
1 Early years
2 University of Michigan
3 Business career
5 See also
A native of the Tacony neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Legacki attended North Catholic High School as a freshman and transferred to Father Judge High School when it was opened in 1954 for his sophomore year. He helped the Father Judge Crusaders win the Philadelphia City League championship, and Legacki won the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events at the National Catholic Swimming Championships.
University of Michigan
Legacki enrolled at the University of Michigan, where he was a three-time NCAA champion. Legacki’s individual NCAA championships were as follows:
1959 100-yard freestyle, 49.6
1959 400-yard freestyle relay (with John McGuire, Carl Woolley, and Richard Hanley), 3:21.6
1961 50-yard freestyle, 21.4
He also helped Michigan win the NCAA team championships in 1959 and 1961. During his time at Michigan, he was also a two time National A.A.U. Champion and set an American record in the 100-yard butterfly in both 1959 and 1961. . When Legacki set the American record in the butterfly in April 1961, and the UPI reported on the feat as follows:
“Frank Legacki of Michigan joined the other winners in establishing American records with a time of 51.9 in the 100-yard butterfly. The feat was particularly amazing since Legacki had only 15 minutes earlier competed in the freestyle finals.”
He also set the NCAA and American record in the 50-yard freestyle in March 1961 with a time of 21.4 at the NCAA championships in Seattle.
Legacki received both a bachelor’s degree in history (1962) and an M.B.A. degree (1964) from the University of Michigan.
Legacki also served as the head coach of the Ann Arbor Swim Club from 1963 to 1964. Swimming was not yet a varsity sport for women at the time, and the Ann Arbor Swim Club was the team for which University of Michigan women swimmers competed. During his tenure as head coach, Legacki conducted a three-week training camp for the team in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.