2012 Hall of Fame: Bob Hughes

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The countdown continues to the 2012 USC Hall of Fame induction dinner on May 12.  The black tie gala is open to the public and NFL Hall of Fame WR Lynn Swann will be the emcee.

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Bob Hughes was at home in the water.  With his diverse skill set from swimming to water polo, he is best described as one of the finest American aquatics athletes of all-time.

He was a two-year letter winner in water polo and swimming at USC with All-American credentials as a swimmer in 1955 and 1956.  Hughes then took his two-sport show to the world stage.

In the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, he helped the U.S. water polo team to a fifth place finish, while also participating in the 200m breaststroke.  In doing so, he was the first American athlete since Johnny Weissmuller in 1924 to compete in two different sports in the same Olympics.

Hughes made a lasting impact on water polo by popularizing the two-meter position.  And in swimming, he once broke the world record in the 100m breaststroke.  

bobhughes.jpg(Photo from El Rodeo)

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