Poseidon Rises From The Water, In Memory Of Randy Block

Courtesy of DeNunzio Pool, Princeton University, New Jersey.

In 1904, Princeton University started its swimming program.  Along the way, its history has been storied and successful.

The university has seen thousands of its students competing as swimming scholar-athletes including 10 Olympians and Ross Wales who negotiated an agreement between FINA and the International Marathon Swimming Association to coordinate international open water swimming events within FINA.

At the entrance of DeNunzio Pool on the Princeton campus, there is beautiful sculpture of Poseidon that welcomes visitors donated in memory of Randy Block, a member of Princeton’s Class of 1974.

Within his outstretched arms, the Poseidon sculpture includes two swimmers in asymmetrical synchronization in the water.

We recall Randy announcing he was “going out for beer,” disappearing for days, and returning from Colorado with his Chevy dragging bottom, crammed with cases of Coors.Later, at the U. of Chicago, Randy literally stopped a bullet to protect two women from being assaulted. Shot in the back, he drove himself to the hospital.

His 1981 car accident left Randy paralyzed and unable to speak, but with his intellect, sense of humor, and college memories largely intact. Undaunted, he communicated with eye signals, and greatly enjoyed hearing about friends, and especially about his own escapades.”

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About the Author:

Steven Munatones
Creator of the WOWSA Awards, World Open Water Swimming Association, the Daily News of Open Water Swimming, Oceans Seven and KAATSU Global. Inductee in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame, recipient of the Poseidon Award and Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, and a member of the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame, and former FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee member and Technical Delegate with the Special Olympics World Summer Games.

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