John Blackburn


"I'm young, I'm handsome, I'm fast, I'm pretty and can't possibly be beaten" ~ Muhammad Ali

John Blackburn

John is in his sophomore year as an Aquamule. He is one of the team’s top sprinters and recently embarked on the journey of becoming a backstroker. He is studying Environmental Science and is eager to actively start saving the world.

Colby College Swimming and Diving


In his rookie year, John came in and made an immediate impact. He was a regular dual meet scorer and, despite illness shortening his season, a key member of Mule relays at NESCAC Championships. He awarded the team’s Top Rookie award for his efforts.


John blossomed in his second season on Mayflower Hill. Training in both backstroke and freestyle for the first time, John excelled in an area of need for the team. He was the team’s leading backstroker in the dual meet schedule and carried his success into the season finale. At NESCAC championships, he made finals and scored in both the 50 back and the 100 free. He was also a member of the Mules’ 200 and 400 free relays that set school records and made the podium.


John swam across the Hudson River when he was eight years old. He is a member of the “Blue Lights”, one of Colby’s premier A Capella groups on campus and the Colby Leadership Academy. He may or not have been voted the team’s best male dancer. The ballots are currently being reviewed for evidence of hanging chads.

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 100 Free 47.93 02/22/15 NESCAC Championships
Middlebury College
scy 50 Free 21.94 02/21/15 NESCAC Championships
Middlebury College
scy 50 Back 24.92 02/20/15 NESCAC Championships
Middlebury College