Est. 1970

Hall of Fame

Ed SHea headshot

Dr. Edward Shea- BIO


  • Collegiate swimmer at Springfield College (Mass.)
  • Graduate student Emory University (MS) and NYU (Ph.D)
  • Emeritus Professor and Physical Education Department Chair at Southern Illinois University
  • Author of 5 books including Swimming for Seniors
  • Twenty-nine time FINA World Record holder
  • Survivor of a heart attack, coronary bypass surgery, pacemaker placement and aortic aneurysm repair in 1998
  • USMS record breaker in all of the backstroke events for the 85-89 age group in 2000
  • Pool dedication receipiant, Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium, on the campus of Southern Illinois University


USMS Achievements

  • Pool Records – 49 individual and 1 relay
  • All American– 16 years individual

  • Top Ten – 176 individual and 20 relay
  • All-Star Honors – 1 year pool