Wenatchee High School Athletic Hall of Fame

Chris Cushman
CLASS of 1993 Swimming ATHLETE
Chris won the 50 freestyle state championship in 21.51 seconds as a senior in 1993 to become the first Panther swimmer to reign supreme in Washington. He also placed second at state in the 100 freestyle that same year. As a junior, Chris finished third in the 100 freestyle and fourth in the 200 freestyle. He was district champion four times as a senior and junior in the 50 and 100 freestyle, and also won a district title as a sophomore in the 100 backstroke. When Chris graduated, he held school records in every swimming event. At the time of being inducted into the WHS Athletic Hall of Fame, sixteen years after graduation, he still held school records in five events.

As outstanding as he was in the pool, Chris was equally impressive academically with a 4.0 grade point average. He was named as a "Scholastic All-American" by U.S. Swimming his senior year in recognition of achievements in the classroom as well as placing 16th in the 50 freestyle at the Junior National Championships. Chris earned four varsity letters as a swimmer and was a finalist for "NCW Sports Awards High School Male Athlete of the Year" in 1993.

He went on to swim collegiately for four years at Yale and earned a degree in mathematics.

- Caricatures of inductees as they appeared while involved in WHS athletics and the synopsis of accomplishments are drawn and written by Jeff Mertes.