Hall of Fame: James Alston Hurd (1932)

Jimmie ranks among the top swimmers and divers to graduate from Punahou. He captained the 1932 Punahou ILH Champion team, the 1933 – 34 University of Hawaii team and the 1936 – 37 University of Oregon team.This article appears as originally published in the Summer 1992 issue of the Punahou Bulletin.

At Punahou he won letters in his junior and senior years. In the 1932 ILH Championship meet he won the 50 and 100 yard freestyle events, swam anchor on two winning relay teams and was the top diver. In doing so he scored 17 3/4 points to break Buster Crabbe’s ’27 record. In both 1931 and 1932 he was the high point scorer in the annual Thurston Meet Competition.

At the University of Hawaii he was undefeated in the 50, 100 and 220 yard freestyle events and again was the team’s top diver.

Highlights of his career at the University of Oregon include:

  • 1936 – 37: undefeated in 50, 100 and 220 yard and relay freestyle events in the Pacific Coast Intercollegiate competition.
  • 1936: Set Oregon State and Pacific Coast AAU Meet record in 100 yard freestyle.
  • 1937: Set 50 and 100 yard freestyle records in Northwest Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Meet.
  • 1937: Broke Pacific Coast 100 freestyle record again.
  • 1936 – 37: All American AAU Selection in 100 yd. freestyle.
  • 1936 – 37: Captain of Oregon All-Star Water Polo Team.
    For many years, Jimmie worked for Amstar Corp. in its Chicago office. He is currently enjoying retirement in Solana Beach, California.

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