Olympic swimmer Bradley Tandy earns NJCAA HOF spot

Olympic swimmer and Indian River State (Fla.) product Bradley Tandy was announced Thursday as the lone inductee in the 2017 class of the NJCAA Swimming & Diving Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

Compiling 12 national championships, two team titles and five NJCAA records in two years with the Pioneers, Tandy's resume is the most decorated in the history of NJCAA swimming. Individually, he won back-to-back national titles in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events. Tandy's success translated to relay competition where he took part in Indian River State's consecutive championships in the 200 and 400 medley relay and the 200 and 400 free relay.

After graduating from Indian River State in 2013, Tandy departed the NJCAA with records in five of the association's 18 sponsored swimming events. All five of those records still stand today and are tied for most by an individual in NJCAA history. Former Indian River State swimmer Craig Emslie – who became the other five-time record holder in 2016 – is the only person with more national titles than Tandy, claiming 14 to the Hall of Fame inductee's 12.

Tandy's swimming career at Indian River State was recognized nationally with numerous accolades, including being named Men's Swimmer of the Year at the 2012 NJCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. His accomplishments were recognized even by those outside of the sport as the Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) presented him with its Male Athlete of the Year award in 2012.

Despite the unprecedented success Tandy experienced athletically, his achievements at Indian River State extended beyond the pool. Making the dean's list in every semester, Tandy's academic performance was rewarded in 2013 with the NJCAA Exemplary Academic Achievement Award.

In 2013, Tandy opted to continue his education and swimming career at Arizona. Making an immediate impact with the Wildcats, the NJCAA-transfer won the 50 free title at the 2014 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships while also earning All-America honors in the 100 breast, 200 medley relay, and 200 and 400 free relays. Tandy would earn repeat All-America honors in those events – plus the 400 medley relay – as a senior in 2014-15.

A native of Ladysmith, South Africa, Tandy was selected to represent his home country in Rio de Janeiro at the 2016 Summer Olympics. Clocking a time of 21.79 seconds, the former Pioneers great finished sixth in the 50 free on the world stage.

Receiving Pac-12 all-academic honors as a senior, Tandy earned a bachelor's degree in management information systems from the University of Arizona last summer.

Photos courtesy of Indian River State Athletics.

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