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    Kim Paton Fromberg
    Kim Paton Fromberg

    Contemporary Era:
    2006 Inductee



    Paton enjoyed unparalleled success as a freestyle specialist before injuries forced her into early retirement. She held the Northwestern record in the 200 freestyle (1:47.60), her best event, for 10-plus years. (Andrea Hupman broke the mark in 2005.)

    Paton also had success in the 100 free (49.96 and 500 free (4:46.63), continuing to NU's second-best times in both events. She became the first Big Ten swimmer to break the 50-second barrier in the 100 free. It was versatility that made Paton a star in the relays. She holds four separate team records in relay events. In 1994, Paton surfaced as the most dominant swimmer in the Big Ten. At the Conference Championships, Paton won three individual events (100, 200, 500 freestyle) and two relay events (400, 800 free relays). She was named the 1994 Co-Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and was a finalist for Big Ten Athlete of the Year.

    Hailing from the Toronto, Ontario area in Canada, Paton was a member of the Canadian National Swim Team, prior to her arrival at Northwestern in 1992. As a member of Canada's Pan American Games team in 1991, she won three bronze medals.

    In just three years of collegiate swimming, Paton recorded three All-America cuts and nine Big Ten championships.

    Following her graduation in 1996, Paton helped coach amateur swim teams in Toronto as well as New Jersey, her current residence.