Roy Saari, a fomer world record-holding swimmer who won a gold medal at the 1964 Olympics and captured nine NCAA individual titles at USC, died Dec. 30 in Mammoth Lakes, Calif. He was 63.
Saari was part of USC’s gold medal-winning 800-meter freestyle relay team at the Tokyo Olympics, where he also took home a silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley.
He set four world records in his career, including swimming the first sub-17-minute 1,500-meter freestyle.
A graduate of El Segundo High School, Saari was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1976, the USA Water Polo Hall of Fame in 1982 and the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995.
Saari is survived by his wife Sheryl, daughter Joani Lynch, son Jeff and several grandchildren.
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