James Young

Induction Year: 2011

James Young

Although the competitive swimming program has been extinct at UW-Superior for more than three decades, one name still stands out, not just at UW-Superior but also in the annals of the WIAC: James Young. Together with diver and fellow UW-Superior Hall of Fame member Russell Drobot, Mr. Young provided one of the best swimming and diving combinations that the WIAC (then the WSUC) has ever seen. 

A natural in the pool, Mr. Young came to UW-Superior and took his first dive into the history books in 1970. It was in that year that Mr. Young, a native of Arlington Heights, Ill. won the first of his nine conference championships.

He claimed the WIAC championship in the 200-meter backstroke, the 200-meter individual medley and the 400-meter individual medley, breaking conference records in all three events. Mr. Young had a high finish of seventh at the NAIA National Meet and qualified for Little College All-American honors. He won the same three events in 1971, and again shattered the conference records in the process. In 1972, Mr. Young accomplished the feat for a third time, breaking his own conference records, which would not be broken by others for years. 

Many men's swimming and diving competitors in the history of the WIAC have multiple conference championships, but few, like Mr. Young, can claim as many as nine, all of which were individual titles.