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Noel Strauss

 2000
Noel Strauss
Noel began competitive swimming at age 5 for the Little Rock Dolphins and won his first state championship the following year. At 12, he set his first 14 National Age Group Records and was National Age Group Champion 17 times. At 13, he was the youngest-ever male Junior National champion, winning the 60 freestyle and qualifying for Senior Nationals in that event. In 1988, he was Junior Nationals Champions in the 100 freestyle and the youngest-ever make qualifier for the Olympic Trials. He was a member of the LRCC Senior National Championships team in 1989, a gold and silver medal winner at the 1989 National Olympic Festival and the 1993 Maccabiah Games in Israel, and a qualifier for the 1992 Olympic Trials. Noel swam for the University of Michigan, where he was a two-time NCAA All American.