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    Dave Pemberton
    Dave Pemberton

    Contemporary Era:
    2007 Inductee



    A two-time All-American, Pemberton was Northwestern's last NCAA swimming champion prior to All-American Matt Grevers, who won NCAA titles in 2005, '06 and '07. Pemberton won the national championship in the 200 backstroke in 1958. He also placed second at the NCAA Championships in the 100 backstroke.

    He is one of just five Northwestern swimmers to earn multiple medals at the same NCAA Championships with a gold medal in the 200 back and a silver medal in the 100 back in 1958. Two years earlier in 1956, Pemberton placed fourth in the 100 backstroke.

    Pemberton qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in Detroit in 1956, making the championship heat in the 100 back (which was the only distance the backstroke was competed in during the Olympics at the time).

    Pemberton also earned an individual Big Ten title, winning the 200 back in 1957.