Induction Year: 2012
Perhaps no one in the history of the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has personified greatness in the sport of diving the way that Robert Schneider has. In a sport where results are measured in medals won, Schneider has a record that is second-to-none.
Schneider competed for the Yellowjackets from 1969 to 1972 and established himself as a force at both the one-meter and three-meter levels.
As a freshman, Schneider won the title of conference champion in both events and established school and conference records in each.As a sophomore he again won both diving events and set school and conference records in both.He accomplished the feat again as a junior, making him a perfect six-for-six on the medal stand through his first three years of competition.
His senior season provided the only blemish on a sterling career. For the fourth-straight year, Schneider claimed the conference championship in the one-meter diving event and again did so in record fashion.He lost his stranglehold on the medal stand in the final event of his senior year, placing third and earning a bronze medal in the three-meter event.
For his career, Schneider finished with seven conference championships, one of just three divers in WIAC history to claim seven gold medals. As a junior, he received the title of Most Valuable Swimmer at UW-Superior, a rare feat considering he only competed in two events per meet.
Schneider finished fifth at the NAIA National Meet in 1969 and was the first diver in the history of the WIAC to be named All-American.