Ted Mullin 1984-2006
Edward H. “Ted” Mullin, a Carleton College swimming and diving student-athlete, died of a rare soft-tissue cancer, synovial cell sarcoma, at his home in Winnetka, Ill., on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006.
Mullin, a team captain for the Knights, was born in Chicago in 1984 and lived in Oakland, Calif., as a youngster before moving to Winnetka, Ill., when he was seven years old. He attended New Trier Township High School and was three-year letter winner for the Trevian swimming and diving team, helping them to three straight conference and section titles and three consecutive state meet top-ten finishes. He was also a member of the school’s concert and jazz bands and graduated in 2002 after being named an academic all-scholar and an Illinois State Scholar.
Mullin was a three-year letter winner for Carleton, scoring in all three of his individual events (200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle) at the 2004 MIAC Championships. His top conference championship finish came his first season, as he placed eighth in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle events and 12th in the 200 freestyle, at the 2003 MIAC Championships.
A history major at Carleton, Mullin was slated to graduate in 2006 before his battles with the recurring cancer forced him to leave Carleton at the end of his sophomore year, the spring of 2004. He returned for the second half of the 2004-05 season, competing in the MIAC Championships that year. He was elected team captain by his teammates for his senior season, but the cancer returned and he was unable to compete this past season. During his time away from Carleton, Mullin volunteered as a youth swimming coach in Glenview, Evanston and Winnetka. Despite his battle, Mullin was on track to graduate in June 2007. He also co-captained two American Cancer Society "Relay for Life" teams while at Carleton, raising more than $5,000 to support cancer research.
“Ted was the ultimate friend and teammate at Carleton, who led by example and always gave nothing less than what he was capable of, making the most of each moment he had,” Carleton head swimming and diving coach Andy Clark said. “His strong sense of loyalty toward his team, teammates and friends never ebbed, regardless of how he was feeling. He was always giving of himself. We will miss him tremendously.”
“The athletic department is saddened by the death of Ted Mullin,” Carleton athletic director Leon Lunder said. “He was loved and respected by teammates and coaches alike. His physical presence will be sorely missed but his spirit will live on and strengthen each of us.”
The Mullin family generously donated a scoreboard to honor Ted and his memory to the Carleton swimming and diving program. The family was recognized for their contribution during Carleton's final home meet with respected rival St. Olaf College on Feb. 3, 2007.