Swimming in Success

Alex Anderson '15 is headed to the NCAA Championships in March.

When top Division I schools courted Alex Anderson ’15 for a swim scholarship in 2006, the high school senior wasn’t ready. Recruiters for such schools as Alabama, Arizona and Indiana universities saw a record-setting competitor who took two state titles in the 500-yard freestyle. Anderson saw a commitment to academics he wasn’t ready to make. He turned his back on school, and for a few years he lost his way - and his sport. Seven years later he’s making a name for himself as a UMW student-athlete on the Eagles swim team. In February, the sophomore was named Capital Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year at a meet in which he broke four individual school and conference records and swam in four record-breaking relays. On March 21, he broke the NCAA Division III record in the 400-yard individual medley at the NCAA Division III Championships in Texas. He became the fourth individual in UMW history to break an NCAA record. He,narrowly missing a second national title when finished … [Read more...]