Skelton finished in 2:56.6, decisively defeating Belgian swimmer Joseph De Combe (2:592), and fellow American Bill Kirschbaum (3:010). Skelton was born in Wilmette, Illinois. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he swam for the Northwestern Wildcats swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (National Collegiate Athletic Association) competition.
He was the first American to set a world record for the 200-meter breaststroke.
He died in Houston, Texas in 1977. He was 74 years old.