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Peter Daland dies at 93; coach of swimming champions at USC, Olympics
Peter Daland dies at 93; coach of swimming champions at USC, Olympics

Peter Daland, who started his career at USC as a part-time swim coach with a desk in a mimeograph room and rose to become one of the most celebrated names in both collegiate and Olympic swimming, died Monday in Thousand Oaks. He was 93. Daland had Alzheimer's disease, USC said. Daland coached the 1972 U.S. Olympic men's swim team to nine gold medals, including the seven won by Mark Spitz. Eight years earlier, he guided the U.S. women's team to six gold medals. At USC, where he coached from 1958 until his retirement in 1992, Daland's teams won nine NCAA championships and placed second 11 times. At AAU meets, they finished first or second a total of 20 times during...

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