Five exemplary individuals and one of the College's most dominant teams will be inducted into the Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 31, during the College's annual Garnet Homecoming and Family Weekend celebration.
The third class to enter the Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame consists of Peter McGinnis '76 (track and field, wrestling), Anjani Reddy '04 (tennis), Barbara Anne Schaefer '90 (basketball, softball, volleyball), Skye Fulkerson Tarr '96 (swimming), James White '57 (soccer, lacrosse), and the 1984 Football Team.
The Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame was established to honor the student-athletes and administrators who have contributed to the College's success. The 2014 class was chosen by a selection committee of College administrators, coaches, and alumni for their significant and distinctive impact on Swarthmore College athletics and the College itself.
Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2014
A multi-sport athlete at the College, Peter McGinnis '76 excelled as a pole vaulter on Swarthmore’s outdoor track & field team. During his junior year, he became Swarthmore’s first track & field All-American by placing fifth at the 1975 NCAA Championships. He set the still-existing College outdoor pole vault record of 15 feet at the Penn Relays in 1976, surpassing his own mark of 14 feet, 9-inches, which he recorded at the 1975 MASCAC championships. McGinnis’ accomplishments in pole vaulting go far beyond his days as a student-athlete. He is a leading expert in the field and has been an adviser to USA Track & Field for more than 30 years, providing scientific services to elite U.S. pole vaulters and their coaches to prepare them for the Olympic Games, IAAF World Championships, and other competitions. McGinnis is a Distinguished Service Professor at SUNY Cortland and is also the pole vault coach, having mentored two NCAA pole vault champions. McGinnis and his wife, Boodie, live in Cortland, N.Y.
The most decorated student-athlete in the history of the women’s tennis program, Anjani Reddy '04 finished her career a perfect 50-0 in Centennial Conference play and became the first athlete in conference history to be named Player of the Year four times. Throughout her career, Reddy earned ITA All-America recognition three times and finished 18th in the ITA national rankings in singles as well as 25th in doubles as a senior in 2004. Playing first singles and doubles, Reddy led the program to two conference championships and two NCAA tournament appearances. Her career achievements were recognized in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd.” Reddy lives in Southern California and is a doctor for the Los Angeles Veterans Administration. She is married to Nathan Cox and has a son, Rohan.
Very few Swarthmore student-athletes excelled in three sports as Barbara Anne Schaefer '90 did. A standout for the Garnet softball, volleyball, and basketball teams, she earned accolades for her play in each sport. On the diamond, she was a three-time Middle Atlantic Conference Southeast Regional Team selection as well as a two-time PAIAW All-Star. Schaefer threw five career no-hitters and finished with a 0.78 career ERA and a .337 batting average. She also ranked among the top 10 NCAA Division III pitchers as a sophomore. Schaefer was a two-year captain in volleyball, leading the team to the 1989 PAIAW championship and earning PAIAW Athlete of the Year honors. On the basketball court, she compiled 532 career points and 505 rebounds and ended her Swarthmore career as the co-recipient of the May E. Parry Award. She is married to Mark Hood ’92, has two children, and is an associate professor of education at Penn State University.
A six-time Centennial Conference champion and six-time All American, Skye Fulkerson Tarr '96 is one of the most accomplished swimmers in the history of the College swimming program. Tarr excelled in the breaststroke, capturing All-America honors in the 100 and 200 breaststroke in 1995 and then four times (100 breaststroke, 200-medley relay, 400-medley relay and 200-free relay) in 1996. Each of her conference wins were also league records and her six All-America honors established a program record that stood for 14 years. Her 100 breaststroke time of 1:06.29 remains a school record and her swims in four other events – two 200-medley relays, a 400-medley relay and the 200 breaststroke (2:27.71) – still rank among the program’s best. Tarr is married to former Swarthmore men’s basketball player Chad Tarr ’95. They live in Louisville with their two children, Rivers and Sawyer.
Despite playing in about half as many matches as players on today’s teams do, James White '57 (1934-2014) remains the most prolific goal scorer in the history of the Swarthmore College men’s soccer program. He found the back of the net 46 times in his career and held the program record for career points (92) – a mark that stood for more than 50 years despite playing in an era when assists were not credited. White led the team to winning seasons in each of his four years as a player and he captained the 1956 squad. White also played lacrosse for three seasons and was named All-Conference and All-America in 1957 after leading the squad to a 9-1 record. White, who founded the Old Virginia Log Home Building Company in Fairfield, Va., was married to Dottie Puffer and had four sons and three stepdaughters.
Led by a senior class that won more games than any other in the program’s history, the 1984 Football Team tied the record for wins in a season on its way to a third consecutive conference championship. The squad finished the year 8-1, capping an era of unprecedented success that included 30 wins over four seasons (1981-84). The Garnet dominated many teams offensively – trouncing rivals like Johns Hopkins (31-0), Ursinus (41-15), and Western Maryland (41-0) – and its “dogface defense” held opponents to just seven points per game and ranked among the best in all of Division III. The team set many conference records that still stand today, including fewest yards allowed in a season (1,433), fewest total yards allowed per game (159.2), fewest rushing yards allowed per game (40.0), fewest rushing yards allowed in a season (360), and fewest first downs allowed in a season (96). The team boasted the Centennial Conference Player of the Year, Centennial Conference Coach of the Year, and three All-Americans. Pictured in the photo from left to right are captains Sean Crowley '85, Robert Toner '85, and Dom Lepone '85 .
If you would like to nominate a former student-athlete, coach, or administrator, please send your nominations to the Garnet Athletics Hall of Fame.