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Amy Winder: The College's First All-American

Amy Winder

Throughout the course of the history of Randolph College Athletics, there have been six individuals who have earned the distinction of being named an All-American. One of those individuals was Amy Winder who was the College's first All-American in any sport back in 1984 in swimming.

Winder was a first-year student-athlete in 1983-84 at what was then Randolph-Macon Woman's College when she competed at the NCAA Championships in Atlanta, Ga. She was the winner of the 200 fly in a time of 2:08.76 and finished seventh in the 100 fly in 59.74. Both times are still program records to this day.

Winder was a three-year member of the swimming team. She was a two-time All-ODAC swimmer and was named the ODAC Swimmer of the Year in 1984. She was recruited by other family members to attend Randolph-Macon Woman's College and she had a grandmother that had attended the school. Initially, she says, she wasn't going to swim at R-MWC but ultimately decided to. "I swam because I wanted to not because I had to," she said.

Winder called her 200 fly title and All-American achievement her "15 minutes of fame." "I didn't think much about it," she recalled. "It didn't really hit me until I went back to my old coach and he said 'You are my only National Champion.' Somebody else had to tell me how big it really was."

After graduation, Winder did not swim as she said she "tired of being wet." Friends of hers had encouraged her to return to the pool but she said "it was my kids' turn not mine." Her son Will was a collegiate swimmer at Kentucky. "I was in the swimming world as a parent and an official."

It was about seven or eight years ago that her friends asked her to be part of a relay for a triathlon. She did that for four years and then decided to do a full triathlon herself.

While she doesn't have a particular memory from that 1984 season, Winder says it was the closeness of the team and the support she had from other swimmers during her run at the National Championships that she remembers the most.