Diana Munz

Induction Year: 2009 Sport: Swimming

Diana Munz is arguably the greatest swimmer to come out of the Cleveland area.Munz, raised in Moreland Hills and 2000 graduate of Chagrin Falls High School, owns three Olympic medals — a gold as a member of the winning 800-meter freestyle relay team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, a silver for finishing second in the 400-meter freestyle at Sydney and a bronze for finishing third in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2004 Athens Olympics.Munz, 27, got her start as an age group swimmer for the Lake Erie Silver Dolphins.It did not take long for her to advance to senior competition, where she won 21 nationals titles.Munz’ swimming career took her all over the world.Some examples: at the World Aquatic Championships in Perth, Australia in 2001, she won silver in the 800-meter freestyle; in 1997 at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Fukuoka, Japan, she won silver in the 1500-meter freestyle, bronze in 400-meter freestyle and bronze in the 800-meter freestyle; in 2003 at the World Aquatic Championships in Barcelona, Spain, she won silver in the 800-meter free style and bronze in the 400-meter freestyle.Munz is a graduate of John Carroll University, attaining a degree in communications.She retired from competitive swimming in 2005.In August 2006, she married Palmer DePetro.The couple have a daughter, Sydney Gabriella DePetro, and live in Lyndhurst.