First man to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle

Since 1981, Jim has developed and coached one of the top adult fitness programs in the country. Jim started it off in the 80s with the Lone Star Masters Swim Club which quickly became the second largest Masters program in the country with over 500 swimmers. In 1999 Jim formed a new club, Dallas Aquatic Masters, which became even more recognized as a world leader in adult fitness and competition swimming. Since 2020 Jim has successfully branded his own name to Jim Montgomery Masters Swim as part of the Jim Montgomery Swim School. There he teaches all swimming levels from beginner to competitor, and offers classes proven to help fearful students overcome their fear of water.

With his experience in aquatic facilities and programming, Jim is regarded as an expert in the development, operation and programming of aquatic facilities for school districts, municipalities, universities, hospitals, and commercial uses.

Jim grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and attended Madison East High School where he won six state championships in swimming. He went on to swim for James “Doc” Counsilman at Indiana University where he graduated with honors from the IU School of Business. His senior year he was awarded the Belfour award as the top student athlete in the Big Ten Conference. Jim currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with wife Diane, father to five children: Taylor, Chase, Ann, Ellis and Beau along with 7 grandchildren.

Watch Jim Break 50 Seconds in the 100 Meter Freestyle


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Gold Medals:

100 meteres Freestyle

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Jim Montgomery was the first man to swim 100 meters freestyle under 50 seconds (49.99). Breaking this barrier was equivalent to Roger Bannister's four minute mile in track.