way into hall of fame Anne Grams
is honored to see her
name join amily and friends in the Albany Sports Hall of Fame
ALBANY - Anne (Perry) Grams appreciates more than just the honor of being inducted into the Albany Sports Hall of Fame
on Monday night.She
is also excited about seeing her
name with family and friends who already have been enshrined.
used swimming to help her
achieve success in many other areas.
"You really learn time management when you become a swimmer," Grams
said in a phone interview from her
home in Port Orange, Fla. "You learn to manage your time with your friends, with your school and your swimming.It taught me about
After taking up the sport in 1956, Grams
swam for the Albany swim team, which was coached by Orgel her first year and then Rhodes through the rest of her competition career in Albany.
"The Albany swim team back in the day was one of the premier recreation programs for the children in Albany," Grams
went undefeated in Southwest Georgia meets, won 20 Georgia Junior Olympic championships and set a national record in the 50-meter freestyle when she
was 12.As far as practice went, Grams
swam when she
could at what was then the YMCA on Pine Street during the school year and then from May through September, she
swam at Tift Park.
"Many of the swimmers in Atlanta were able to practice year-round, and we weren't able to," Grams
said."The indoor pool at the YMCA was only a 20-yard pool.It wasn't set up for competitive training during the winter."
Because of the lack of year-round training, it became impossible for Grams
to compete effectively at the longer distances.She
spent the rest of her
school days at Albany High School helping coach the Albany swim team during the summer months.
The fruits of her
labor from swimming, however, continued in the academic area.She
was the co-valedictorian in the class of 1965 at Albany and the class of 1968 at Florida State University
.The next year, at Catholic University, she earned her master's degree in math and then earned a doctorate in the same field in 1972 from Florida State. While at Florida State, she began swimming again on a regular basis by joining the Tarpon Synchronized Swimming Club.While she was a math professor at what the time was known as the University of Tennessee at Nashville (now known as Tennessee State), she learned about Masters Swimming.
It was time to compete again.
At the masters level, Grams
earned 50 national medals, became an All-American five times and holder of national and Florida state-level records in the freestyle and butterfly.She
also swam the butterfly leg of a relay team that set the world record for masters swimming.
These days, Grams
still competes in the masters level and home-schools her
daughter, Beth, currently swims for the University of Georgia
son, Billy, swam when he
was younger and is currently a member of the rugby club at Furman and will compete at the national club tournament this weekend in Philadelphia.Grams'
two twin 11-year-old daughters (Ginny and Emily) also swim.