Elaine Palmer Rankowitz
Elaine Palmer Rankowitz
Hometown: New York, NY
Team: Swimming & Diving

Elaine Palmer Rankowitz '84
Hometown:
New York, NY
Sport:
Swimming & Diving
Year Inducted:
1989

The swimming resume of Elaine Palmer reads like the record book of the Boston Celtics. Never before has a woman swimmer dominated so totally as Palmer did in her four years at the Smith Swim Center. By the time she graduated in 1984, she held 15 school records including nine individual records, four of which remain hers today. She earned All-Ivy honors a total of 16 times and held six Ivy records as of 1984. As a sophomore, Palmer was the NCAA champion in the 100-yard backstroke and the 200-yard backstroke. She also earned All-America team honors as a freshman, sophomore and senior. As a freshman, she received All-America honors in four events: the 400-yard individual medley; the 100-yard individual medley; the 100-yard backstroke; and the 200-yard backstroke. The 1983-84 Brown co-captain, Palmer received the Marjorie Smith Award as Brown’s outstanding woman athlete as both a sophomore and a senior. An associate in Prudential-Bache Capital Funding, Elaine lives in New York City with her husband, Andrew Rankowitz.