John Franklin Vansant
John Franklin Vansant

Class of 1987
Swimming and Diving

A four-time All-American, John VanSant became Army's first NCAA individual swimming champion, winning the 200-yard breaststroke in 1987. The five-time individual Eastern champion remains the Academy record-holder in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley events. He was also a member of two relay teams that still hold Academy standards.

VanSant set meet and Academy records in winning the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard individual medley at the 1986 Eastern Seaboards, helping Army to a fourth place team finish. He also swam legs on three record-setting relays and was co-winner of the Phil Moriarty Award for most points scored by an individual. He repeated as Eastern champion in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststoke events the following year.

Army's most decorated male swimmer, he qualified for the United States Olympic Trials in 1988 after competing in the World University Games the previous year.