Midi Smyth Hansen
Sport(s): Swimming & Diving (Women's)
During her first year as a DePauw swimmer, Midi Smyth Hansen became the first DePauw female athlete to win an individual NCAA Championship, in the 100 backstroke. When she graduated in 1988, she held the record in three individual events and was a member of all five record-setting relays. She and teammate Nancy Gritter ’88, also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2000, formed the nucleus of perhaps the most-storied women’s swim team in DePauw history. As a four-year all-American, Hansen was a backstroke specialist and a leader on the 200, 400 and 800 free relays, and the 200 and 400 medley relays. She still holds the school record in the 200 individual medley and in all three of the freestyle relay events. Her 100 backstroke record was not broken until 2000. Among DePauw swimmers, she holds the second-highest NCAA Championship career point total and is fourth in most individual points at a single NCAA meet. She also is first on the all-time DePauw all-star list, based on all-time top 10 event finishes. With a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from DePauw and a master’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, Hansen is an award-winning career teacher in an Inglewood, Calif., inner-city school. She and her actor husband, Todd Hansen ’87, became parents of a daughter, Griffin, in 1997.