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Athletic Hall of Fame 2005 - Swartz
James R. Swartz (1977-1980)
Swartz was a two-year member of the Alfred State College swimming team. During his career he earned NJCAA All-American honors four times. He also helped his team to an 8th place finish at Nationals in 1978. and a 6th place finish in 1980.
Five of his individual best swim times are still Alfred State College records. He currently holds the record in the 200 freestyle (1:44.69), the 500 freestyle (4:45.63), the 100 backstroke (55.75), the 200 backstroke (2:00.18), and the 400 individual medley (4:33). He also was a member of the 400 freestlye relay team, the 400 medley relay team, and the 800 freestyle relay team that hold school records.
For his accomplishments in the pool, Swartz was named the Alfred State Freshman Male Athlete of the Year in 1978 and the Senior Male Athlete of the Year in 1980.
Swartz is the first swimmer to be inducted into the Alfred State College Athletics Hall of Fame.
Swartz transferred to SUNY Cortland where he became a six-time NCAA Division III All-American. Currently he resides in Apex, NC, with his wife, Lisa, and children, Nicole and Michael. He is employed by Price Waterhouse Coopers and is the swim coach at the local high school.