On this day 25 years ago, Ann Marie Wycoff ’85 was inducted into the Suffolk Sports Hall of Fame as part of its fifth induction class.
Among the fifteen inductees were NBA player Tom Gugliotta and former New York Knicks player and coach, Dick McGuire. St. John’s basketball coaching legend Lou Carnesecca was the guest speaker for the evening.
Wycoff was nothing short of a legend during her time at West Point. In 1987 she became the first Academy woman to win an individual National Championship, taking the crown in the 400 individual medley. The next year she won four individual National Championships in the 200 IM, 200 butterfly, 400 IM, and 1,650 freestyle and was named the Most Outstanding Swimmer of the NCAA Championships.
In 1989, her final season at Army, she repeated as a four-time National Champion, setting three Academy records in the process as well as the NCAA Division II record in the 400 IM (4:25.45). She also kept her title as Most Outstanding Swimmer of the Championships, and almost single-handedly earned Army a 4th place finish despite their having only eight total athletes.
At the close of her career, her nine individual National Championships and 19 All-American nods made her the most decorated athlete in Academy history. She also finished as the winningest female swimmer in NCAA Division II history. In honor of her accomplishments for West Point Athletics, she was given the Army Athletic Association Award for most valuable service to athletics during her Cadet career.
In 2004, her place in West Point lore was cemented when she was included in Army’s inaugural Hall of Fame class which included “Doc” Blanchard, famous for winning the Heisman Trophy in 1945. To this day she continues to hold four individual Army records and is on the top 10 list for seven different events.