Greater Canton Aquatics AssociAtion's HALL OF FAME
Enshrinees with Jackson High School Swimming affiliation
Enshrined April 26, 2015
Enshrined May 9, 2009
Enshrined June 1, 2008
Betty Spector taught a young Amy Banas to swim at the Canton Jewish Community Center. It was Betty that instilled in her a love for the sport. She swam there until the age of 7 when she starting swimming at the CT Branin Natatorium for Chris Kitchen.It was during her age-group years that Amy's career was at its peak. Swimming World Magazine nationally ranked her with the fastest 8 year old 50 yard backstroke time in 1975; the fastest 10 year old 50 yard butterfly time in 1977; and the fastest 12 year old 100 yard butterfly time in 1979. Her best 100 yard butterfly time was a 58.3.
As a freshman at Jackson High School, Amy was All-American in the 100 yard butterfly with a time of 58.5. She didn't compete in the District or State swim meet that year due to mononucleosis.
Her sophomore year was spent in Brisbane, Australia swimming for the Australian Olympic and Commonwealth Games Coach Joe King. She competed in a number of swim meets while in Australia.
In her junior year of high school, Amy was part of an All-American medley relay team. By that point in her career her scoliosis was hindering her enough that she retired from competition after her junior year.
Even after more than 20 years, Amy holds three Jackson High School records including 100 freestyle, the 200 freestyle and the 100 butterfly.
Today Amy lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with her husband, Todd, and her children, Paige and Devin. She works as the Director of Creative Ministries at Disciples Christian Church in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.