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April 20, 1994 | WENDY WITHERSPOON
Ron Ballatore, 16-year veteran men's swimming coach at UCLA, was named coach at Brown on Tuesday, leaving the Bruin program to carry on its fight for survival without him. UCLA announced last August that it was dropping men's swimming and men's and women's gymnastics after the 1993-94 academic year, but reinstated women's gymnastics two weeks later when threatened with a gender-equity lawsuit.
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April 20, 1994 | WENDY WITHERSPOON
Ron Ballatore, 16-year veteran men's swimming coach at UCLA, was named coach at Brown on Tuesday, leaving the Bruin program to carry on its fight for survival without him. UCLA announced last August that it was dropping men's swimming and men's and women's gymnastics after the 1993-94 academic year, but reinstated women's gymnastics two weeks later when threatened with a gender-equity lawsuit.
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February 24, 1993 | THERESA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When swimming coaches gather, Joe Goeken is often asked to recount the life and times of colorful UCLA Coach Ron Ballatore. Goeken, a club and high school swimming coach from Chattanooga, Tenn., has maintained a close friendship with Ballatore since he swam on his Pasadena City College team in the early '70s. "Guys who have heard a Ballatore story five or six times still hoot and howl like they've never heard it before," said Goeken, who has heard them all.
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February 24, 1993 | THERESA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When swimming coaches gather, Joe Goeken is often asked to recount the life and times of colorful UCLA Coach Ron Ballatore. Goeken, a club and high school swimming coach from Chattanooga, Tenn., has maintained a close friendship with Ballatore since he swam on his Pasadena City College team in the early '70s. "Guys who have heard a Ballatore story five or six times still hoot and howl like they've never heard it before," said Goeken, who has heard them all.
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February 24, 1993 | THERESA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Ballatore is the ugliest swimming coach in America and his UCLA Bruins wear a T-shirt to prove it. Below a picture of a bug-eyed Ballatore grabbing his ears and scrunching his face, the caption reads: "Just Another Pretty Face." A raging screamer and a surrogate father, Ballatore inspires uncommon loyalty with an unusual blend of hardness and humor. As a former assistant pointed out, "His swimmers want to kill him. They would also swim through a wall for him."
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January 21, 1992 | THERESA MUNOZ
The fastest 50-meter freestyle swimmers in the world last year were Americans Matt Biondi, Tom Jager and Steve Crocker. But only two of them will advance from the Olympic trials, March 1-6 in Indianapolis, to the Olympic Games, starting July 25 in Barcelona, Spain. In response to U.S. swimming dominance, FINA, the world governing body of the sport, decreased the number of entrants allowed each country from three per event to two in 1980. Other international meets followed suit.
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August 14, 1993
No wonder UCLA swimming coach Ron Ballatore was dumbfounded when he found out his team was being dropped from the school's athletic program. Didn't anyone inform him that you have to have a losing team, a coach with a six-figure income and a few players with a rap sheet in order to keep your program? What folly to think a 98% graduation rate would be a consideration. A. KRAMER Westwood
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January 29, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Mark Spitz will compete for the first time since 1972 on April 13 in Gifu, Japan. Spitz, 40, will race only against German Olympian Michael Gross in the 50-meter butterfly for an undetermined cash prize. Spitz, who won seven medals in the 1972 Olympic Games, has been training at UCLA with Coach Ron Ballatore since last year in an effort to make the 1992 U.S. Olympic team in the 100-meter butterfly.
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July 19, 1992 | TIM LAYDEN, NEWSDAY
That comeback Mark Spitz tried? Two years ago? Right, that one. It failed. Technically. This we know because 25 men will swim for the United States in the Barcelona Olympics that start in two weeks and Spitz is not among them. "You could say I didn't 'win' what I attempted," Spitz said. OK, you didn't win. But that doesn't close the account. After all, Spitz's was the tsunami of comebacks.
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August 21, 1990 | ELLIOTT ALMOND
Chris Silva, a former UCLA swimmer who was the first black person to hold a U.S. swimming record, was killed Sunday when his car skidded out of control and hit a concrete bus bench in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., police said. He was 28. Silva, who was director of the minorities program for the International Swimming Hall of Fame in Florida, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are investigating the accident in which Silva's Ferrari Testarossa broke in two.
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February 24, 1993 | THERESA MUNOZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ron Ballatore is the ugliest swimming coach in America and his UCLA Bruins wear a T-shirt to prove it. Below a picture of a bug-eyed Ballatore grabbing his ears and scrunching his face, the caption reads: "Just Another Pretty Face." A raging screamer and a surrogate father, Ballatore inspires uncommon loyalty with an unusual blend of hardness and humor. As a former assistant pointed out, "His swimmers want to kill him. They would also swim through a wall for him."
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May 10, 1991 | From Associated Press
Mark Spitz finished last, four seconds off the pace, Thursday in his first 100-meter butterfly race since 1972. Spitz was timed in 58.77 seconds in the five-man race won by Brian Aldermann, who finished in 54.78. Martin Lopez Zubero of Spain finished second in 55.31 and Wade King was third at 55.59. It is the third consecutive defeat for Spitz, 41, in his comeback. He needs a time of 55.59 seconds in the 100-meter fly to qualify for next year's U.S. Olympic Trials.
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March 1, 1986 | TRACY DODDS
The UCLA and USC swimming teams will meet today at 2 p.m. at the USC Swim Stadium for their final competition before the Pacific 10 Conference meet March 13-15 at East Los Angeles College. UCLA has won its last five meets with USC, but Bruin Coach Ron Ballatore is expecting a close one this time. "Last year, it went down to the last relay, and we won by one point," he said. "And USC has gotten a lot better."
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