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USC Olympian & NCAA Champion Swimmer Rich McGeagh Dies At 77 From COVID Complications

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Rich McGeagh, a 1964 Olympian and NCAA swim champion at USC, died Thursday at the age of 77 from COVID-19 complications, the university announced Friday.

A longtime resident of La Crescenta who worked as a real estate appraiser, he relocated to Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, eight years ago.

McGeagh was a three-time (1964-66) All-American at USC on teams that won the NCAA championship each year.

At the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, McGeagh swam the opening backstroke leg of the 400-meter medley relay for the U.S. in the preliminary heats but did not swim in the final that the Americans won.

McGeagh is survived by his wife, Barbara, his son, Michael, daughter, Karin, and several grandchildren.

(© Copyright 2020 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. City News Service contributed to this report.)

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