Hall Of Fame Citation
When one thinks of “pioneer” athletes in the history of Washington College—at least in the last 50 years—one often thinks of women. After all, nearly all of Washington’s varsity sport offerings for women came long after their men’s counterparts had been established. There was one exception, however—swimming. When men’s swimming arrived on campus in the early 1990s, the women’s swimming program was already well underway. Dave Cola quickly helped put the fledgling men’s program on the map.
As a freshman at the 1992 Middle-Atlantic Conference Championships, Dave shattered four school records and placed in the top 15 in three events. The following year, Dave made history, taking first place in the 500 freestyle to become the first WC male swimmer to win a conference championship. He also placed second in the 1650 freestyle and fifth in the 200 freestyle. He led off the second-place 400 freestyle relay, anchored the second-place 200 medley relay, and was on the third-place 800 freestyle relay.
At the 1994 Centennial Conference Championships, Dave placed second in both the 200 freestyle and 1650 freestyle and was third in the 500 freestyle, breaking all three school records. He also swam on two second-place relay teams. As a senior in 1995, Dave was second at Centennials in the 500 and 1650 freestyles and fourth in the 200. He also led off the first-place 400 freestyle relay team and was on the third-place 800 freestyle relay team.
When Dave graduated from Washington College, he held four individual school records and was a part of three school-record relay teams. Two of his records—in the 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle—stood for more than a decade, a rarity in swimming. During his final three years at WC, the Shoremen posted a dual meet record of 23-7. He was awarded the College’s Thomas Reeder Spedden Medal in 1994 and the Senior Athletic Award in 1995.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct David R. Cola into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this tenth day of October, 2009.