Elaine Breeden Inducted into Stanford Hall of Fame’s First Women’s Class

2008 Olympic Medalist Elaine Breeden was formally inducted into the Stanford Athletics Hall of Fame on September 9, along with nine other female athletes.

Stanford Athletics celebrated the 50th anniversary of Title IX by inducting its first all-female Hall of Fame class this fall.

The eight alumni-athletes of the class of 2022 are Lisa Bernhagen Ramos (track), Elaine BreedenPenrose (swimming and diving), Margie Dingeldein (water polo), Ashley Hansen Church (softball), Carly Janiga Reardon (fitness), Nneka Ogwumike (Basketball), Christen press (football) and Sally Voss Krueger (golf).

The other two honorees are Tara Van Derveerwho is entering his 37th season coaching the women’s basketball team, and Linda R. Meierwho served as a long-time volunteer at Stanford.

The host of the 2022 Hall of Fame Ceremony was 2012 Stanford Hall of Fame and two-time Olympic softball player Jessica Mendoza. As host, Mendoza introduced the 2022 nominees and welcomed them to the podium to deliver their speeches.

You can watch Breeden’s speech in the video shared by Stanford Athletics below.

Breeden swam for the Stanford Cardinals from 2007 to 2010. She was a four-time NCAA singles champion, which includes three 200 fly titles and one 100 fly title she won in her senior year. When she was named captain of the women’s swim team, Breeden led the Cardinals to a 2010 NCAA runner-up. She ended her college career as a seven-time Pac-10 champion and a 24-time All-American.

In 2009, Breeden broke American, US Open and NCAA records in the 200-yard fly with a time of 1:49.92. His time was the first under 1:50 and stood as the American record for nearly a decade before fellow Stanford swimmer. Ella Eastin dropped in 2018.

Breeden qualified for the 2008 Olympic team in the 100 and 200 fly. She brought home a silver medal in the 400 medley relay with legendary swimmers Natalie Coughlin, Rebeca Soniand Dara Torres.

Breeden retired from swimming after his attempt to make his second Olympic team in 2012.

“I owe a lot of my swimming success to my Stanford coaches Lea and Erik Maurer,” she said in her speech. “They say that gratitude is the root of joy. I owe much of the joy of my life to Stanford, and for that I am eternally grateful.”

She is now a full-time mother of two daughters, 4-year-old Julia and 2-year-old Victoria. Your husband of 10 years Colin Penrose recently began his career as an orthopedic surgeon at the two locations of the Midwest Center for Joint Replacement in Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana.

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