Ellie Daniel was one of the most decorated American swimmers of the late 1960s and early 1970s, a competitor in two Olympic Games, and a world record holder as both and individual and relay team member. While at Penn, she was a standout on the women’s team but trained with the men’s swim team during her undergraduate days. Her coach at Penn, Mary F. Kelly, was also her coach when she trained with the Vesper Boat Club Swimming Team and competed in the 1968 Olympics.
A specialist in the butterfly, Daniel set the world record for 200 meters four times, and swam the butterfly leg on four medley relay world records. She won the gold medal in the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City with the U.S. 400 meter medley relay team, and was a silver medalist (100 meter butterfly) and bronze medalist (200 meter butterfly). In the 1972 Olympic Games in
Daniel was a national champion seven times during her swimming career and held 14 individual American and/or national records. She has been an executive member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, a member of the Athletes Advisory Council of USOC, and was a member of the speakers bureau for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee before the 1984 Summer Games.