Dr. Arthur “Art” Mayer

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Dr. Arthur “Art” Mayer is one of the most accomplished swimmers in University of Delaware history and the owner of numerous local, regional, national and world records in the Masters Swimming
Program where he has competed for more than three decades. In 2010, the Delaware Senior Olympics named Mayer Delaware Senior Athlete of the Year. He has held several DSO age group records. Mayer’s
achievements are even more remarkable if you consider that when he arrived at Delaware he could not swim and suffers from asthma! As a freshman, Mayer set a trio of Delaware pool records. He was
unbeaten as a sophomore, breaking his own Hens pool mark in the 200-yard backstroke several times, then set a new pool record in the distance at Franklin & Marshall College. Mayer outdid himself
as a junior, setting more pool records on the road and set two records – 150 IM and 200 backstroke – in the Middle Atlantic Conference championships. Mayer capped his UD career by being the first Hen
to compete in the NCAA swimming championships. Mayer received a degree in veterinary medicine and, due to work, did not swim competitively again until 1975. He was recruited by former Delaware coach,
Harry Rawstrom, to begin a Masters Swimming Program at the school. Mayer formed the program and threw himself into competing in Masters events; in 1988 he was part of a medley team that set a
national and world record at 200 meters; in ’89 Mayer set a Canadian age group record in the 100 backstroke. Mayer gave back to swimming in a number of ways including by being the Delaware Valley
Masters Program chairman for 12 years. Mayer served as track vet at Brandywine Raceway and head track vet at Delaware Park in the ’50s and ’60s. In 1993, Mayer was named Vet of the Year by the
Delaware Veterinary Medical Association for his “outstanding service, unselfish devotion and untiring efforts in the practice of veterinary medicine.”

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