Ethel Lackie

Ethel Lackie
Ethel Lackie 1929.jpg
Ethel Lackie in 1929
Personal information
Full name Ethel Minnie Lackie
National team  United States
Born (1907-02-10)February 10, 1907
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died December 15, 1979(1979-12-15) (aged 72)
Newbury Park, California, U.S.
Height 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Illinois Athletic Club

Ethel Minnie Lackie (February 10, 1907 – December 15, 1979), also known by her married name Ethel Watkins, was an American competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and world record-holder.

Lackie represented the United States at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris.[1] Individually, she won a gold medal in the women's 100-meter freestyle, finishing with a time of 1:12.4, and leading an American medal sweep of the event.[1][2] She also won a second gold medal as a member of the first-place U.S. team in the women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay, together with American teammates Euphrasia Donnelly, Gertrude Ederle and Mariechen Wehselau.[1][3] The U.S. relay team set a new world record of 4:58.8 in the event final.[1] In 1969 she was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame.[4]

She was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended high school at University High in the Hyde Park community of Chicago. After retiring from competitions she married Bill Watkins, a rower from the Santa Monica area. She died in Newbury Park, California.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Ethel Lackie. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  2. ^, Olympic Sports, Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games, Women's 100 metres Freestyle Final. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  3. ^, Olympic Sports, United States Swimming at the 1924 Paris Summer Games. Retrieved November 22, 2012.
  4. ^ Ethel Lackie (USA) – Honor Swimmer profile at International Swimming Hall of Fame

Preceded by
Mariechen Wehselau
Women's 100-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

January 28, 1926 – August 7, 1929
Succeeded by
Eleanor Garatti