John Ketcham ranks among Wesleyan’s greatest swimmers. Specializing in
the backstroke and individual medley, he won eight New England titles and was a
three-time All-American. In a prolific junior year (1968-69) he won New England
and NCAA College Division championships in the 100 backstroke, 200 backstroke
and 200 individual medley, setting New England records in all three
events. Shortly thereafter, he went on to place fourth in the NCAA
University Division 100 backstroke and 10th in the 200 backstroke.
John set his first New England records as a
sophomore (1967-68) and qualified for the NCAA University Division
championships where he placed fourth in the 100 backstroke for the first
time. That qualified him to participate in the 1968 U.S. Olympic
Trials. In 1968-69, John won the Muir Award as top senior swimmer in New
England, when he again took three titles in record time.
led Wesleyan to three consecutive 9-1 campaigns with Little Three titles in
1967-68 and 1968-69. He earned the
McCurdy Award as Wesleyan’s top swimmer, and was named an NCAA All-American
from 1968 to 1970.
was from Westfield, N.J., already part of an athletic Wesleyan family.
His brother Mike captained the 1966-67 Cardinal swimmers and his father Frank
’36 was a football captain.
earned an MBA from the Tuck School of Business where he won an Arthur Anderson
Scholarship for Accounting Excellence. He became a Certified Public Accountant
in 1975 and worked for Price Waterhouse in New York for four years, and for
Kellwood Inc. in Hong Kong from 1978-1980. He worked longest with the
firm of Ketcham and Ketcham, CPA, in Westfield NJ. John was active with
the YMCA and in international affairs, particularly Hong Kong.
John passed away in 2006, short of his 60th