Hacker: Colgate Standout Swimmer

17-Hacker, AndrewAndrew Hacker, a senior at Colgate University, earned the dean’s award for academic excellence for the fall 2015 semester. A graduate of Palisades High School, he is also a member of the Colgate swim team.

“Andrew is a competitor in the truest sense of the word. I have never coached anyone more determined to win a race than him,” said head swim coach Andy Waeger. “He is a genuine young man who has a very bright future ahead of him.”

In 2013, Hacker set a new freshman 1000 freestyle record (9:39.26) at Colgate. In his junior year, he set the program mark in the 200 free at the Patriot League Championships (1:39.82) and was named the team’s most valuable performer.

As a junior, the 6’4” athlete posted top ten times in the 50 free (20.67) and the 100 free (46.10) during league championships. He was a member of the 200 free relay that turned in the turned in third best time in school history (1:23.02). Hacker was also part of 400 medley relay that recorded second best time in program history (3:23.70) at Patriot League Championships.

That same year Hacker was also awarded the Ted Gregory Award, which was presented to the male or female exemplifying a long-standing commitment towards the swimming and diving programs and has also developed an understanding of his/her role on the team and has gone above and beyond in fulfilling that role in an effort to improve the program.

As he finished his fourth year of collegiate swimming, Hacker left his mark as the new school record holder in the 200 freestyle (1:39.82), as a member of the 800-freestyle relay (6:44.97) and the 400-medley relay (3:05.64).

Hacker has the school’s second fastest time in the 50 free (20.40) and third fastest in the 100 free (45.62). He also has the fifth fastest time in the 1000 and 1650 free.

Hacker was a member of the third fastest 200-free relay (1:22.73), the 400-free relay (3:05.64) and the schools fifth fastest 200-medley relay (1:33.18).

“He is a great teammate and leader and we are going to miss him a lot next year,” said Waeger, who has coached Hacker the past two years.

Hacker, an environmental science major, is the son of Teri and Tom Hacker.
Andrew Hacker set new records at Colgate. Photo courtesy of Colgate Swimming

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