Former Tribe standout Peggy (Lawlor) Hutchinson ‘75 was one of six former coaches/athletes inducted into the College of William and Mary’s Athletics Hall of Fame on April 11th, 2015.
The video above includes both her introduction and induction speeches.
The following is a thumbnail sketch of her career accomplishments.
Peggy (Lawlor) Hutchinson, Women’s Swimming, 1971-1975
An true pioneer of the women’s swimming program, Peggy was touted by her coach (Chris Jackson) as THE premier swimmer to come out of program during its begging stages.
She was a remarkable 10-time All-American (six individual, four relay), competing on the highest available level of collegiate swimming (AIAW) for the time.
As a freshman in 1971-72, she helped the Tribe earn a 19th place overall finish in the DGWS (Division of Girls and Women’s Sports) by All-American honors in the 100, 200, 400 freestyle, and the 200 and 400 medley relays. During her sophomore season, Peggy helped power a 21st place over all team finish at the AIAW meet by racing to All-American designations in the 200 free, 100 fly, and 500 fly, and the 200 free and 200 medley relays.
In all, she qualified for Swimming Nationals each of her four years, placing seventh in 100-yard Butterfly in both her freshman and sophomore years, against what would be considered the equivalent of the nation’s best competition (NCAA Division I-A).
Additionally, she Swam on three of the four qualifying relays that placed at Nationals in her sophomore year and was member of first W&M relay squad to reach the meet finals (top six).
News courtesy William & Mary Athletics