Kathleen Eschmann was born in New York on November 14, 1907. Attended Holy Trinity Elementary School and All Saints Academy.
As a teenager, under the coaching expertise of Louis De B. Handley, she swam for the Women’s Swimming Association of New York from 1924 to 1929. During this time, she won the Metropolitan Junior Championships in the 200-yard freestyle and several individual and team awards.
College cut short her swimming activity because Mt. St. Vincent did not have a pool at the time, but Kathleen found other outlets and earned letters in Hockey, Basketball and Track. Upon graduation, Kathleen was offered a fellowship at the College of Mt St. Vincent and earned her MA in Education and Literature. Kathleen then went into the teaching profession, working in Longfellow and Gorton High Schools and then in Brooklyn School system from 1950 to 1970.
In 1941, she married Peter C. Eschmann, a Brooklyn Attorney and Assistant to a Supreme Court Justice. This marriage produced four children – Joseph, Mary Louise, Peter and Edward.
In 1976, at the age of 69, Kathleen joined the Metro Masters of New York and began competing once again. She has competed in the International Senior Swim in Canada, Master Competition at Princeton, Delaware, Connecticut, Yale and Brown Universities, annual Masters Championship in Texas and Florida, and the Empire State Games.
During this time, Kathleen has made the “top ten” listing for the Masters from 1976 to 1984 and was named “All American” every year from 1978 to 1983. She has set course records in the 50 and 100 freestyle, 100 and 200 back, 50 fly and 100 yard individual medley. To her credit, Kathleen has won twelve National Championships and three International Championships.
In addition to swimming competitively, Kathleen has participated in fundraisers for the American Red Cross and Leukemia Super Swim by swimming 126 laps at the Linden Street Pool in 1983 and 1984.
At age 77 year young, she continues to swim and looks forward to being the “top ager” in the 80-85 age groups.