Jay D'Ambrosio '94
A six-time NCAA Division III All-American in the backstroke, Fairview, Pa., native Jay D'Ambrosio cemented his place as one of Grove City College's most-decorated swimmers from 1990 to 1994.
D'Ambrosio earned All-America honors in both the 100 and 200 backstroke in each of his final three seasons at Grove City. He qualified for the NCAA Championships in each of his four seasons and graduated as the school record-holder in both backstroke events.
His 200 backstroke mark of 1 minute, 53.63 seconds set at the 1992 NCAA Championships in Buffalo still stood as the College record upon his induction.
As a senior in 1994, he earned Presidents' Athletic Conference Most Valuable Performer honors after leading the Wolverines to a 13-0 record.
Overall, Grove City went 43-9 during his career in dual meets. The Wolverines won conference titles in both 1991 and 1992 under head coach Jim Longnecker. D'Ambrosio earned the Dick Jewell Award in each of his final three seasons in recognition of being the team's Most Valuable Performer.
D'Ambrosio concluded his career by earning the College's Sportsman of the Year
award for the 1993-94 academic year.
The College inducted him into its Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame in 2002. He also entered the Erie County Aquatic Hall of Fame in 2002.
D'Ambrosio graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in social science/secondary education in 1994. He added a master's in history at Slippery Rock University in 2003. He now works as a history teacher in the Hampton Township School District.