June 2, 2004 by

Viola Krahn

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vkrahn.jpgViola Hartman Cady Krahn, a former national diving champion, died on June 2. Cause of death was not released. She was 102.
The aquatic queen began swimming and diving in 1919 when her family moved from Arizona to California. Over the next eight decades, she won 17 masters world diving titles and set numerous national records, including one in 1922 for swimming the fastest pace for a female in a 220-meter competition.
One of the first female athletes to swim the Catalina Channel, Krahn was the subject of the biography, “Viola — Diving Wonder & Aquatic Champion” by Margery Voyer Cole. When she was 100 years old, she dived into a pool on the set of NBC’s “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.” In 2004, Krahn was inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame.
Viola married Fred Cady, her swim coach at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Fred, who later trained four U.S. Olympic teams, died in 1960 and was posthumously inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame. Viola wed Fred Krahn, her second husband, in the late 1960s; he died in 1986.

One Response to Viola Krahn

  1. Thomas R. Long

    Voila would dive in our Masters Diving meet at UCSD in the early to mid 1990’s. We all loved her! But because it took about 5 minutes for her to swim from where she dove in, or fell in actually, to the ladder, and to climb out, we decided Viola wasn’t just an athlete, she was a tri-athlete: a diver, a swimmer, and a climber! Remember to point your toes, Viola!

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