Est. 1970

Bill Mulliken Award

Bill Mulliken


Pool Achievements

  • 1959 NCAA Champion in 200yd Breaststroke
  • 1959 Gold Medalist in Pan Am Games in 200 M Breaststroke
  • 1960 Gold Medalist in 1960 Olympic Games
  • Five Time American Record Holder in 200 Breaststroke
  • 1984 International Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Eight time USMS All-American
  • Six USMS records
  • 273 USMS Individual Top Ten Finishes
  • 24 USMS Relay Top Ten Finishes


    USMS Volunteer Achievements

    USMS National Committee Positions Held:

    • Championship Committee Member 1993 – 1995
    • Recognition and Awards Committee Member 1990 – 1991
    • Rules Committee Member 1989 – 1989
    • Insurance Committee Member 1989 – 1989

    Bill’s Motto

    Bill believed in hard work and self confidence was the key to success in life. He strived to live a balanced life. In doing so, he was a great organizer.

    From a kid who liked to swim, he trained himself as a high school student to win 2 state championships. (His school didn’t have a team.)

    From a social group of weekend swimmers, he built the Chicago Masters program and served as the president for 20 years.

    From an idea that the Chicago Skyline would make fantastic backdrop for an open water swim, he founded the Big Shoulders 5K Open Water Swim.

    big shoulders 5K logo

    “I will remember Bill for his steady hand at the tiller of Chicago Masters, and for his positive attitude that always shone through in the way he would sign off on the phone or in correspondence, ‘keep smiling,'” Sheean said.

    Chris Sheean