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Category: Biography of an American Diving Champion

The Story of Viola Hartmann, a living Aquatic Champion from the 1920s, who knew champion swimmers, movie stars and celebreties of the day. A member of the LA Athletic Club, she pioneered diving and swimming and was one of the first to swim to Catalina. On the shoulders of the famous and well-known photo of Duke Kahanamoku, riding tandem on a surfboard in Laguna, is Viola Hartman.


x 10¾ inches
100+ illustrations; 168 pages
ISBN 1-891030-25-6
$20.00 Softcover

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Viola --
Diving Wonder &
Aquatic Champion

Margery Voyer Cole

"This is the most endearing story of a young woman - who came to be one of the most revered aquatic champions of America. Viola is now 100, continues to dive at special events and is today, one of America's living treasures."

-- Douglas Westfall, publisher

The Catalina Channel Swim

Viola Hartmann of the L. A. A. C. will lead off for the relay team and will be the first woman to brave the hazards of the channel. The Swim is the first of its kind and will chart the unswum waters from a swimmers perspective and leard the effects of its currents and dangers of those in the water. This will precede the swim sponsored by William Wrigley who has posted a prize of $25,000.

-- from the book Viola.

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