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Larry Gewer

Class of 1991

Larry was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2002. His citation is copied below:

It is fitting that the player who achieved so many “firsts” for Washington College’s tennis program is the first male tennis player to be inducted into the Washington College Athletic Hall of Fame.

Larry Gewer who traveled across the globe from his home in Johannesburg, South Africa, to the Chestertown campus, elevated Washington College’s program to a higher level. His play and sportsmanship set the standard for the many exceptional tennis players who followed him at Washington College.

During his four years at Washington College, Larry led his team to three Final Four appearances. At these NCAA Division lll National Team Championships, Washington finished third in 1987, fourth in 1988 and 1989, and fifth in Larry’s senior year. The team won the Middle Atlantic Conference all four years, and the Shoremen’s record was a phenomenal 102 & 20. Larry’s individual statistics were equally impressive as he posted a 125 & 27 record in singles and a
91 & 26 mark in doubles.

In 1990, Larry Gewer made history by defeating teammate and doubles partner Scott Read to become Washington College’s first ever NCAA Division III National Champion in the school’s 108-year history of tennis. The title assured Larry of finishing the 1990 season as the nation’s #1 player. As a prelude to his National Championship run, Larry was the NCAA Division lll National Singles runner-up, losing in the finals the previous year. Twice he was a semi-finalist in doubles at the NCAA Division lll National Championships, both in 1989 and 1990. He was the College’s first four-time All American in singles and doubles.

By virtue of having won the National Championship, Larry was the only Division III player to be chosen as a member of the elite Rolex Collegiate All-Star Team, and also the last player in Division III history to compete in the NCAA Division I National Championships.

To cap his senior season, Larry was the recipient of the prestigious Arthur Ashe Award, one of the two highest honors bestowed on a collegiate tennis player. At graduation Larry won the Thomas Reeder Spedden award, as well as the Athletic Council Award for the second time.

For the past ten years, Larry has been involved in the business of screen-printing. Married, he and his wife have two children. His post-college tennis competition includes the 1993 Maccabiah Games, where he represented South Africa.

Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Larry Gewer into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this 5th day of October, 2002.