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Although Fordham Prep's swimming and diving team has been more successful than ever in recent years, it took the program many years to get where it is now, and those years are full of history.

Fordham Prep’s Varsity and freshman swimming and diving teams started out as members of the Bronx/Brooklyn League until 1981, when the freshman team joined the existing CHSAA, and in 1983 the Bronx/Brooklyn League merged with the Queens/Long Island League to form the present CHSAA, in which the Rams currently compete.

The freshman season runs from early September to mid-November, with the Varsity season starting immediately after and running through early February, with the New York State Championships usually in late February.
Success has come in bunches for the Rams, with three CHSAA championships in four years in the ‘90s and three consecutive from 2007-2009.  That success has been bred within the program for the most part, as the Rams have won only three freshman championships with long gaps in between (1984, 1991 and 2009).   Since their first-ever CHSAA Championship in 1992, the Rams have produced three CHSAA Jack Kennedy Career Award winners – Phil Davies in 2006, Matt Krey in 2008 and Chris Jennings, the school’s first, who won in 1995 and holds five Varsity and two freshman records.  Jennings also earned the Tom Brooras CHSAA Championship Meet MVP award twice, in 1992 and 1994, and is one of several Rams to set a league record over the years.

Fordham Prep has also produced three state champions, each in the last four years; Davies won the 50 Free, Krey topped the 200 IM field and Mike McVicker took the 100 Breast in 2009, each setting a school record in the event.
The diving squad has been integral to the team for several years now and is the class of the league, with Nick Turner, John Gallagher and Phillip Truong all earning the Lester Schloen Diving Career Award in the past four years and placing numerous competitors in the Top 10 at the CHSAA Championship.

The Rams’ biggest claim to fame, however, walked the halls back in the ‘70s.  Bobby Hackett, a 1976 Olympic silver medalist, enjoyed the best years of his career while attending the Prep.  After a stellar age group career, including several Metro and national records and being named the Top Male Age swimmer in the country as a 14-year old, Hackett won gold, silver and bronze medals in multiple national and international competitions as a club swimmer and earned All-America status in each of his four years at Fordham.  Hackett also became a team captain at Harvard after his high school career and set two world records in his career, individually in the 800 Free as just a 16-year-old in 1976 and as a member of the 4x200 Free Relay in 1978.

Hundreds of other swimmers and divers have contributed to the program’s success over the years, with more becoming part of the Rams' growing tradition each year.

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