𝗖𝗢𝗡𝗚𝗥𝗔𝗧𝗨𝗟𝗔𝗧𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦 to Old Unionite Andrew Fischer (Class of 2011) who will be inducted into the Olivet Nazarene University’s Athletic 𝗛𝗔𝗟𝗟 𝗢𝗙 𝗙𝗔𝗠𝗘 in February this year.
After having joined the Olivet Nazarene University (ONU) in Bourbonnais, Illinois after matriculating, Andrew became a member of the university’s inaugural swim team, and, almost immediately, helped launch the ONU Tigers – as they’re known – into national relevancy.
After a third-place team finish at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Championships in their first-ever season and runner-up finishes the following two years, Fischer took the Tigers to the top in his senior season, capturing the programme’s first-ever national title in 2016.
𝘿𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙝𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙮𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝙞𝙣 2013, 𝙁𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙬𝙤𝙣 𝙣𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙩𝙞𝙩𝙡𝙚𝙨 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 200 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙮𝙡𝙚, 𝙩𝙝𝙚 500 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙮𝙡𝙚, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 1650 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙨𝙩𝙮𝙡𝙚. 𝙃𝙚 𝙖𝙡𝙨𝙤 𝙨𝙚𝙩 𝙨𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙣 𝙨𝙘𝙝𝙤𝙤𝙡 𝙧𝙚𝙘𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙨 𝙙𝙪𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙛𝙧𝙚𝙨𝙝𝙢𝙖𝙣 𝙨𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙤𝙣. 𝙁𝙞𝙨𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙛𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙨𝙝𝙚𝙙 𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙨 𝙖 14-𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚 𝙉𝘼𝙄𝘼 𝘼𝙡𝙡-𝘼𝙢𝙚𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙣.
While at Union, Andrew started training seriously at the age of 16, which is regarded as late in swimming circles. 𝘈𝘯𝘥𝘳𝘦𝘸 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘵𝘴 𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘜𝘯𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘴𝘸𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘰𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘴 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘴𝘸𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘩𝘪𝘮.
“Mrs Beagley, Mrs Venter and Mrs Drummond put hours of their time into my life, for which I am very grateful. I forget how many hundreds of kilometres I swam in training in the Union High School pool, little knowing that because it was a 25 yard pool, it was preparing me for Collegiate swimming in the USA.” (𝘈𝘭𝘭 𝘊𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘴𝘸𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘜𝘚 𝘪𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘴𝘰-𝘤𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘥 𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵 𝘊𝘰𝘶𝘳𝘴𝘦 𝘠𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴, 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘢𝘺 25 𝘺𝘢𝘳𝘥 𝘱𝘰𝘰𝘭𝘴.)