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Linda Smith-Pulsifer



In 1962, Linda joined the Portland Seals swim team at the Portland Boys Club under Coach Harold Paulson (HoF).  In her first swim meet she set two state records in the 50 free and 50 breaststroke.  She went on to become the most dominant female swimmer in Maine for most of the 1960’s.

                From 1963-67, Linda is credited with setting 34 individual state records in all four strokes and the IM.  At one meet (4/64), she broke a state record that had been set in 1940.

                She also swam in many New England regional swim meets, winning many events and finishing topo 3 in many others. In 1965, she earned the highpoint award while at a 3-day New England Invitational Meet for her age group.  While at the AAU national championships that same year, she won the 100 backstroke and finished 3rd in the 100 breaststroke.

                Linda competed for South Portland High School for four years setting school records in most of the events including the schools 1948 50 backstroke record by over 3 seconds to a time of 31.2.  During her four years in high school swimming she was the most dominating girl swimmer in Maine.  After graduation in 1967, she (Linda Leddy) served as a coach for the South Portland High School swim team for 5 years while her children were young.  Returning as head coach for the 1986-87 season with Harold Paulson as her assistant coach.

                Over the years she (Linda Smith-Pulsifer) has taught swimming in South Portland, Saco, Little Diamond Island, Portland Boys Club, Portland YWCA and YMCA’s.  Business owner, foster parent and now a hospice volunteer, she has had a career of impacting many lives positively.