Janie (Coontz) Dugan
    Janie (Coontz) Dugan

    Sport/Years/Inducted:
    Swimming & Diving/1981-85/1991


    Janie Coontz made the Hall of Fame the old fashioned way...She E-A-R-N-E-D it, and how! Imagine swimming 2,000 miles! Coontz did it for the Salukis from 1981-85. Lap after lap, hour after hour, day after day, she splashed her way to victory for the Salukis during an illustrious career in women's swimming. A four-time All American in 15 events, Coontz (Newburgh, IN) ranks as the finest distance freestyler in school history. All that time in the pool paid off career-wise with 70 first place finishes and 12 school records. Upon her induction in Fall 1991, Coontz still held the school marks she set as a sophomore in 1,000 (9:51.81) and 1,650 (16:22.23) yard freestyle, while ranking No. 2 for SIUC all-time in 500 free, No. 3 in 200 free and 400 IM, and No. 5 in 200 backstroke. The Salukis took advantage of her individual scoring to gain Top Ten finishes at Nationals all four years Coontz swam. SIU soared to a third place showing as part of a 38-team field at '82 AIAW Nationals, and finished fifth of 57 in '85 NCAA Nationals. From the beginning, Coontz showed she was something special. Her freshman season, she posted 29 wins and six school records, capping things off with All America honors in six events. At '82 Nationals in Austin, TX, Coontz was second in 1,650 free and fifth in 200 free; she was also the leadoff on SIU's 800 free relays finished in the top six each year. She was selected for National Sports Festivals in 1981 and '82, the World University Games in '83, and the U.S. Olympic Trials in '84, before graduating as a "Swimming World" Academic All American.