Elaine Breeden is inducted into Stanford Hall of Fame’s first all-female class
2008 Olympic medalist Elaine Breeden was officially 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 class into the Hall of Fame this fall.
The eight former student-athletes in the class of 2022 are Lisa Bernhagen Ramos (racetrack), Elaine BreedenPenrose (swimming & diving), Margie Dingeldein (water polo), Ashley Hansen Church (soft ball), Carly Janiga Reardon (gymnastic), Nneka Ogwumike (basketball), Christen press (soccer), and Sally VossKruger (Golf).
The other two inductees are Tara Van Derveerwho is entering her 37th season as coach of the women’s basketball team, and Linda R Meierwho was a longtime volunteer at Stanford.
The host of the 2022 Hall of Fame ceremony was the 2012 Stanford Hall of Famer and two-time Olympic softball player Jessica Mendoza. As host, Mendoza introduced the 2022 inductees 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 individual champion, including three titles in the 200 butterfly and one in the 100 butterfly she won in her senior year. When named captain of the women’s swim team, Breeden led the Cardinals to a second-place finish in the NCAA in 2010. She ended her college career as a seven-time Pac-10 champion and 24 times All-American.
In 2009, Breeden broke American, US Open, and NCAA records in the 200-yard volley with a time of 1:49.92. His time was the first under 1:50 and was the American record for almost a decade before his fellow Stanford swimmer Ella Eastin lowered it in 2018.
Breeden qualified for the 2008 Olympic team in the 100 and 200 butterfly. She won a silver medal in the 400m medley relay with legendary swimmers Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soniand Dara Torres.
Breeden retired from swimming after his attempt to make his 2nd Olympic team in 2012.
“I owe a lot of my swimming success to my coaches at Stanford, 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 will be forever grateful.
She is now a full-time mother to two daughters, Julia, 4, and Victoria, 2. Her husband of 10 years Colin Penrose recently began his career as an orthopedic surgeon at both Midwest Center for Joint Replacement sites in Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana.