Fifty Years Ago Three "Gold" State Records Were Logged In History (Year was 1958) Columbus High School Bullfrogs
During that year of 1958 the state records were made by John Roethke in the 200 yard freestyle. John Vogel set a state record in diving. The the state record for the freestyle relay was set by team members John Roethke, Steve Pardieck, Charles Schuette and Ken McDermott.
Indiana Hall of Fame Members From The Above Group:
John Roethke – Columbus High School, 1955-59
John Roethke competed for Columbus High School, earning state championship titles in the 200 yard freestyle in 1957-58, the 100 yard freestyle in 1958-59 setting a state meet record by more than four seconds in a time of 50.8, and the 150 yard individual medley as a senior in 1958-59, which also set a state meet record. He was a part of the winning 200 yard freestyle relay that earned a state championship in 1957-58.
John went on to swim at Indiana University, where he earned All-American status in 1961. He was ranked fourth in the 200 yard individual medley and 10th in the 100 yard backstroke, and became an American and World Record Holder.
Other Hall of Fame Members of The 1958 Team:
Claude Thompson, Wayne Thompson and Coach Duane Barrows
Newest Inductee To Indiana Swimming Hall of Fame Columbus North High School 1999-2003
Carmen Leah Retrum
Carmen Leah Retrum
Leah Retrum swam at Columbus North High School, where she earned three state titles in the 200 yard individual medley, of which she was a state record holder. Leah was undefeated in the 500 yard freestyle, also holding the current state record mark at 4:46.08. Her efforts in an additional relay state championship brings her total of state titles to eight.
She currently swims for the University of Florida. In 2004 Leah finished 7th in the 200 yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships, earned high point honors at the U.S. Open, and finished 4th in the 200 yard backstroke at the Olympic Trials. In 2005, she finished 3rd in the 400 yard Individual Medley, 4th in the 200 yard backstroke, and 5th in the 200 yard individual medley at the NCAA championships.
She was the 2005 Summer National 200 yard backstroke champion, and a gold medalist at the 2005 World University Games
Inductee Indiana Swimming Hall of Fame Columbus North High School, 1983-87
Lynn (Etnyre) Semler
Lynn Etnyre competed for Columbus North High School, and won the 200 and 500 yard freestyle events in 1984-85 and 1985-86, setting state records in both these events. Add two relay titles to that mark, and Lynn earned six total titles in her career.
Lynn received a scholarship to swim at Purdue University, and was a four year finalist at Big Tens. She received the Purdue Swimming and Diving Most Improved Award, the Mental Attitude Award, and was a team captain.
Post college activities include triathalons, and she worked as an international flight attendant for 5 years. Lynn is a stay at home mom, and lives with her husband Jack and four children.
Inductee Indiana Swimming Hall of Fame Columbus North High School, 1994-98
Katie Fields, a distance specialist, swam for Columbus North High School. She earned three consecutive titles in the 500 yard freestyle event beginning in 1995-96, setting state records during her junior and senior years. In addition, she won the 200 yard freestyle in 1995-96 and 1997-98. Katie went on to become an All-American as a freshman at the University of Missouri. Katie is currently a music promoter for Northern California.
Chick graduated from Columbus High School in 1966. He won the breaststroke event in 1963, 1964, and 1965, setting the state mark in 1965 with a time of 1:05.0. He was also a part of the state championship 200 medley relay for three straight years. He served as a swim coach for 31 years.
Chick won the Jack Cramer Athletic Award. The Columbus North High School Natatorium was recently named the Charles (Chick) Newell Natatorium in his honor.
Claude Thompson swam for Columbus High School, winning the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 22.9, and was the first person in history to swim under 23.0. He also swam the 100 yard freestyle in a time of 50.6 in 1959-60, which was a state mark. In 1958-59 Claude won the 100 backstroke, and was the first man in IHSAA history to break the 1:00 mark with a time of 59.9, as well as a NISCA national record breaking time. That same year, he won the first ever state championship in the 400 yard freestyle.
Claude went on to swim at Indiana University, where he earned All-American status in 1962, in the 440 yard freestyle and the 1500 meter freestyle. He was ranked fourth in the 1500 yard freestyle and sixth in the 440 yard freestyle.
Claude is proud to say that he was named to the Indiana High School Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame 50 years after graduating from high school.
Wayne Thompson swam for Columbus High School, and was the first man to win an IHSAA state championship title in the 200 yard individual medley in 1959-60, establishing a state record with this performance.
He defended his title the next year as well. He also won the 100 yard breaststroke in 1959-60 and 1960-61.
Wayne earned a Ph.D in Political Science in 1974, and is a two-time Fulbright Professor in Estonia and Belgium. He is also an author or co-author of 10 books. He is currently Professor of Politics at the College of Europe and Washington and Lee University, and is the editor-in-chief of Stryker-Post Publications (Harpers Ferry, WV).
He has been married to his wife Susan for 40 years, and has one daughter. He still swims almost daily. Wayne currently lives in Lexington, Virginia.
Coach Duane Barrows, Columbus High School (1955-65)
Duane Barrows, Columbus High School head coach, won the boys state title six out of seven years from 1958-65. He coached 39 individual state champions along the way. Duane went on to coach at Indiana State, but was killed in 1979 returning from an Indiana State swim meet.
Jim Sheridan Columbus North/East High Schools (1973 – Current)
Jim Sheridan coached Columbus North to three consecutive boys state titles between 1998 and 2000. He also has a girls title while at Columbus East, becoming one of the very few who have state titles at more than one school. From 1980 until 1984, Jim served as the head swim coach for Columbus East High School, where he won his first state championship.
Currently, he serves as head swim coach and dean of students for Columbus North High School and Donner Swim Club. Jim has received many awards such as Indiana Coach of the Year nine times, four years with the boys team and five years for the girls team, including the 2005-2006 school year. Jim’s teams have produced more than 90 All-Americans.
Prior to his stint at Columbus North, Jim was head swim coach for men and women at Clemson University from 1991 through 1994.The women’s team did reach a top 20 ranking during his time at Clemson. Jim earned a master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Clemson.
He also has a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education and Health Education from Marshall University.
Source of all information: Indiana Swimming Hall of Fame
I read with interest the post regarding Columbus' HS swimming state championship in 1959. I understand this was the first ever won by Columbus HS. I was surprised to read this was the case, because my grandfather's 1928 yearbook (The Log) says "Last year Columbus High School won the state championship." I had always understood that my grandfather was a member of a state championship team at Columbus, both based on that statement in the yearbook and a photo which was passed down to me. I will try to post the photo, which consists of Robert Marshall, James DuShane, Francis "Hank" Kline, Bill Kitchen, Arvile Trotter, and Coach Frank Newsom. I have since found an online reference stating that Columbus had sponsored some state invitational meets in the years immediately preceding IHSAA sponsorship of a boys' state finals swim meet. My guess is that in the years before there was an official IHSAA state championship in swimming, this team must have won some sort of "state" invitational or something. Can anyone tell me what the yearbook reference to a "state championship" would have really been referring?