Former USC swimming and water polo All-American Rich McGeagh died on Thursday at the age of 77 from COVID-19 complications in Hermitage, Tennessee.
McGeagh attended USC from 1962-1967, with a semester off to prepare for the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. McGeagh participated in both swimming and water polo while at USC, earning All-American honors in both. He won the 1963 NCAA championship for the Trojans in the 400-yard individual medley and in 1966 helped USC to a championship in the 4×100 medley relay.
He was a three-time All-American in swimming and won four conference titles (two individual, two relay) in his USC career.
At the 1964 Olympics, McGeagh participated in the prelims for the 4×100 medley relay, setting an Olympic record for the backstroke leg of the event with a time of 1:01.1. But he was left off the team for the medal round, denying him the chance at a gold medal.
McGeagh did win a gold medal at the 1963 Pan American Games in the medley relay. Also that year, he helped the U.S. 4×100 medley relay team set a long course world record of 4:00.1 in a meet in Osaka, Japan.
At Hoover High School in Glendale, McGeagh set a national high school record in 1961 in the 100-yard backstroke. He won three consecutive CIF-Southern Section championships in the event from 1960-62.
After his swimming career, McGeagh lived in La Crescenta and worked as a real estate appraiser. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Barbara, children Michael and Karin and several grandchildren.