Hall of Fame Inductee - Diane Daly
Few Quincy High Athletes have been as dominant in their sport as Diane Daly.
A product of the strong Sheridan Swim Club teams in the 1970s, Daly was an
instant success at the high school level starting her freshman year. She
earned four varsity letters, was the swim teams (TEAM'S) MVP all four years
and competed at the Illinois High School Association's state swimming
championships four consecutive seasons. Named Captain of the team both her
Junior and senior seasons, Daly's high point came at the state finals in
1981 where she received a third place medal for the 100-yard backstroke.
It was from Quincy to Dallas, Texas, where Daly attended Southern Methodist
University as a scholar-athlete. She was All American her freshman year
and helped her SMU team finish in the top ten in the country. Daly earned a
total of four varsity letters for SMU and swam in the NCAA Division I
National Championships each year. After graduation Daly moved to Oak Ridge,
Tennessee and worked as a reporter for the local paper. She later returned
to Dallas where she met her future husband, Jim Jackson. Opportunities
later allowed Daly to move to North Carolina. There she attended the
Masters of physical therapy program at East Carolina University, where she
graduated with a degree in 2000. Diane and her husband Jim now reside in London, England.
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