Betsy Mitchell inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame


WACO, TX- Former Texas swimmer and Longhorn legend Betsy Mitchell was inducted into the Southwestern Conference Hall of Fame at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday as part of the class of 2022.

Mitchell, a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, was a seven-time NCAA individual champion, two-time NCAA relay champion and 20-time All-American who helped guide Texas to three NCAA team titles in 1986. 1987 and 1988. In 1986, she set a world record in the 200 LCM backstroke which stood for five years, with her American record being held for 19 years. A two-time Honda Sport Award finalist for swimming and diving, winning in 1987-88, Mitchell was named the 1980s Southwest Conference Swimmer of the Decade.

She has twice represented the United States at the Olympics. At the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, she won silver in the 100 meter backstroke and won gold swimming the backstroke leg in the 4 × 100 meter medley relay preliminaries. She won a second silver medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, swimming the backstroke in the women’s 4×100 meter medley relay in the preliminary heats, and also placed fourth in the 100 meter backstroke final.

Mitchell was later inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1998 and the Texas Hall of Honor in Athletics in 2000. In 2021, she was selected by the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA) as one of the 100 greatest men and women swimmers and divers of the last century to celebrate the ACSAA’s 100th anniversary.

The Southwest Conference Hall of Fame is one of four separate halls of fame housed within the physical structure of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame. They include the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame, the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, and now, the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.

Southwestern Conference Hall of Fame Class of 2022
Ben Crowins – University of Arkansas – Soccer
Santana Dotson – Baylor University – Soccer
Danny Davis – University of Houston – Soccer
Kareem Streete Thompson – Rice University – Athletics
Putt Choate – Southern Methodist University – Football

Betsy Mitchell – University of Texas – Swimming
Greg Hill – Texas A&M – Soccer
Carven Holcombe – Texas Christian University – Basketball
Maury Buford – Texas Tech University – Soccer


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