Held World & American Swimming Records Former CHS Top Swimming Talent years 1955-59
John Roethke(Member of Indiana Swimming Hall of Fame)
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.