NANCI ROSE GINISH
1996 INDUCTION TO THE RHODE ISLAND AQUATIC HALL OF FAME
Rhode Island age group All Star, in all strokes, from 8 and under through high school. She set New England records at Gardner, MA in the 25 freestyle (8 and under) and the 100 free (11-12 and 13-14 age groups). Nanci also set records in the 200 free, 50 butterfly and the 100 yard backstroke in the 11-12 age group. All of these accomplishments were during one single New England swim meet.
As an age group swimmer, she traveled to England and Canada with the Rhode Island All Stars, and became the youngest competitor to win the 200 yard freestyle. She tied for first place in the 100 yard butterfly at Saratoga, New York and represented New England in the Junior Olympics held in Tennessee. Nanci continues to be an ambassador for Rhode Island swimming throughout the Northeast.
Nanci, was the first female to participate on a boys interscholastic team in Rhode Island dominating the 200 and 400 freestyle events in dual meets. She was the first female to place in the finals of the Interscholastic State Meet, finishing third. Voted co-captain of her team at Pawtucket West, and the first female to receive a varsity letter for swimming.
In 1973 Nanci was honored by the R.I. Coaches and Officials Association as Rhode Island Swimmer of the Year, and also in 1973 she became the first R.I. female swimmer to win the NSPI Swimmer of the Year award.
Throughout Nanci’s swimming career she received Outstanding Swimmer awards in Rhode Island, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine and Virginia. In 1973 she was name “Who’s Who in America.”
Finding time from her business as a real estate agent, she presently coaches a highly competitive and successful swim team at the Lincoln School.
Nanci joins her sister, Cyndie, and her brother Glenn, who were inducted in 1993 and 1995 respectively….into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame.