Three Delts Among 100 Greatest Men’s College Swimmers and Divers in History
Three of the 100 Greatest Men’s College Swimmers of the past century are members of Delta Tau Delta and together they hold more than 25 titles.
Swimming World Magazine reports, “A total of 627 titles. That is the number of individual NCAA and NAIA championships of the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association’s (CSCAA) 100 Greatest Men’s Swimmers & Divers of the past century. The selections were made as a part of the CSCAA’s 100th year. Nearly three thousand athletes were nominated, with a blue-ribbon panel of current and former college swimmers, coaches, and members of the media making selections from a list of 973 finalists. Eighty-six swimmers and fourteen divers were selected. They hail from twenty-eight states and thirteen countries. Highlights of the selections include 12 members of the International Swimming Hall of Fame and 59 Olympians.”
Here are the Delts included in the list:
Marc Courtney-Brooks (Kenyon College, 2004), Columbus, Ohio
Over the course of five different events, Courtney-Brooks captured seven individual NCAA titles in addition to sixteen relay championships. Courtney-Brooks was a Falkenstine Award recipient, Kenyon’s Senior Athlete-of-the-Year in 2004, an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winner and a three-time CSCAA Division III Swimmer-of-the-Year.
- National Titles: 2002: 100 Free 44.8, 100 Fly 49.11 / 2003: 100 Free 44.51, 200 Free 1:36.98, 500 Free 4:23.28 / 2004: 100 Free 44.23, 200 IM 1:47.72
- Other: 2002, 2003 & 2004 Division 3 Swimmer of the Year / 3x Champion 100 Free
Gary Dilley (Michigan State University, 1967), Huntington, Indiana
Recruited to MSU by the legendary coach Charles McCaffree, Dilley captured four NCAA titles for the Spartans. Dilley swept the 100 and 200 backstrokes in 1965 and 1966 and set three NCAA records in the process. Dilley’s freshman roommate was former NFL All-pro Gene Washington and both are members of the Michigan State hall of fame.
- National Titles: 1965: 100 Back 52.6, 200 Back 1:56.20 / 1966: 100 Back 52.39, 200 Back 1:56.41
Dennis Mulvihill (Kenyon College, 1988), East Grand Rapids, Michigan
The 1987 and 1988 CSCAA Swimmer-of-the-Year, Mulvihill collected seven individual NCAA titles and established seven Division III records in the process. Over his career, he collected twenty-three All-America honors and is one of the very few athletes to earn honors in both Divisions I and III having finished 15th in the 200 freestyle at the 1988 NCAA Men’s Division I Championships.
- National Titles: 1985: 500 Free 4:33.06 / 1986: 200 Free 1:39.83 / 1987: 200 Free 1:37.43, 500 Free 4:25.05 / 1988: 200 Free 1:37.09, 500 Free 4:24.54, 200 Back 1:52.62
- Other: 1987 & 1988 Division 3 Swimmer of the Year / 3x Champion 200 Free