Ernest Vierkoetter

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Ernst Vierkoetter of Cologne, Germany was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1978 as an Honour Swimmer. On 30 August 1926, he became the fastest person to cross the English Channel - besting the record by almost two hours with his France-England time of 12:40.

At the age of 26, he won the first Canadian National Exhibition professional marathon swim over 174 swimmers from around the world. He finished the 21-mile course in 11 hours 45 minutes in water that ranged from 44°-48°F (6.7°-8.9°C) and was dubbed by his nickname, the "Black Shark", for his exploits.

He placed second in the 1928 Canadian National Exhibition race and fifth in the 1930 race. He moved from Germany to Toronto and opened a swimming instruction school, and, until the time of his death on December 13, 1967, acted as coach of the Baraca Club and as an official of the Canadian National Exhibition Swims. He also participated in the 1927 Lake George Marathon Swim.

International Professional Swimmers Association

Vierkoetter was a member of the International Professional Swimmers Association founded in 1927 in New York City.

International Professional Swimmers Association

The International Professional Swimmers Association was an international association organized on 21 September 1927 at the Hotel McAlpin in Manhattan, New York with its headquarters in New York City. The Association planned to issue a monthly publication to authenticate and keep records of a professional swimming events and to foster swimming throughout the world as an international sport.

Its officers included:

Its Board of Governors consisted of:

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