Magee is Inducted Into the Swimming Hall of Fame

Renee Magee was awarded with an induction into the Texas Swimming Hall of Fame in 2011. Magee was the first Midwestern swimmer to make a U.S. Olympic Swimming team. She was a member of the 1976 team and swam the 100 m backstroke in Montreal, Canada. Renee began her career as a seven year old with the Omaha Westside Swim Club under Cal Bentz. In 1972 she swam for Bellevue Swim Club in Jack Jackson. In 1975 her father was transferred to Houston, and but Renee stayed in Omaha and lived with the Jacksons. Homesickness and missing her family began to effect her performance and the decision was made by athlete, coach, and parents for her to move to Texas with her family. She joined Dad's Club and swam with Skip Kenny, now the men's coach at Stanford University. Renee placed 3rd at the Olympic Trials in 1976. She was World Ranked in the 200 m IM in 1974, a top 16 qualifier from 1972 thru 1976 and a Midwestern record holder. She was also a member of the US National Team that competed in Australia. At the 1976 Olympic Games she missed qualifying for the semifinals by .01. She competed for North Carolina State for one year and retired. She returned to school and earned a Law degree. Today she lives in Houston, is married and has a son. She is an assistant District Attorney in Houston. Her mother refers to her as the Martha Clark of Houston. Renee encourages athletes to work hard and enjoy the sport of swimming. She remembers her swimming career as some of the best times of her life.