December 13, 2005

Grove City inducting 3 into Swimming and Diving Hall

GROVE CITY, Pa. -- Grove City College will enshrine three former standouts into its Menís Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame during the January 14, 2006 meet against Washington and Jefferson.

This yearís inductees are Scott Johnston Ď55, Jamie Brunk Ď76 and Patrick Kelley Ď87. Their inclusion brings the total number of Hall of Famers to 33.

Scott Johnston, Class of 1955
Johnston is the first athlete to be inducted into the Collegeís two Halls of Fame, as he joined the Menís Soccer Hall of Fame in 2003. He helped the swimming and diving team post its first-ever winning season in the 1951-52 season by setting two records in a season-ending upset of Washington and Jefferson.

Johnston set pool records in the 50 and 100 free in the lower campus pool and also broke Grove City records in those events in his collegiate debut. He also held the Penn-Ohio record in the 50 free and was Penn-Ohio conference champion in both the 50 free and 400 free relay. During his sophomore season, Johnston emerged as the teamís high-point scorer for the season.

He closed his collegiate career by earning the 1955 Omicron Delta Kappa Sportsman of the Year award. Following graduation, Johnston served as a pilot in the United States Air Force. He then went on to form Phillips and Johnston, a steel distribution firm. Johnston worked 35 years at Phillips and Johnston.

Jamie Brunk, Class of 1976
Brunk earned two All-America honors during his career as a member of Grove Cityís 400 and 800 free relay teams in 1976. He held Grove City records in the 500, 1000 and 1650 and also owned the pool record in the 1650.

Brunk became the first Grove City swimmer to go under 11 minutes in the 1000. He won the Penn-Ohio championship in the 500 free and captained the 1976 squad. He closed his career by earning the 1976 ODK Sportsman of the Year award.

Brunk graduated with a degree in chemical engineering and works as a senior consultant for Solomon Associates.

Patrick Kelley, Class of 1987
Kelley earned All-America distinction in the 400 medley relay in both 1984 and 1985. He held the College record in the 50 free for 11 years and also held the 100 free record for eight seasons. Kelley also owned a portion of the College record in both the 400 free relay and the 400 medley relay.

Kelley holds retired Rec Pool records in the the 200, 400 and 800 free relays as well as the 400 medley relay. Kelley also helped Grove City win the Presidentsí Athletic Conference in 1985, 1986 and 1987, the Collegeís first three years as a conference member.

Kelley graduated with a degree in computer science/mathematics and is employed by Medtronic as a global supply chain manager.

The Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame began in 1985 as a means of honoring those athletes who have displayed a level of excellence worthy of such recognition. These individuals have shown commitment to the program and were identified by their teammates and predecessors as outstanding athletes and sportsmen.

A Hall of Fame class is typically inducted every other year.

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