NOTE: Since this announcement was made, Haverford College has announced that Alumni Weekend 2020 has been cancelled due to the evolving COVID-19 situation. More information on when these five deserving inductees will be officially enshrined will be announced when plans are finalized.
HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Haverford College Athletics Department is pleased to announce the newest inductees into the department's Thomas Glasser '82 Hall of Achievement.
The inductees in the Class of 2020 are Andrew Lucine '50, Robert "Bob" Swift '68, Mike Racke '81, Meredith Unger '97, and J.B. Haglund '02. The five newest members of Haverford's Hall of Achievement will be officially inducted on Friday, May 29 during an on-campus ceremony as part of the College's Alumni Weekend.
Andrew Lucine '50 will be inducted posthumously. Playing for the nation's oldest collegiate soccer program, Lucine was referenced as Haverford's claim to soccer fame throughout his playing career. Playing at center-fullback, Lucine was a four-year starter and three-time All-American. The kingpin of Haverford's vaunted defense, Lucine helped the Fords earn a reputation as one of the toughest teams to score on in the nation. Prior to the formation of Division III, Lucine and the Fords defeated a high-powered University of Pennsylvania squad while also picking up victories against Lafayette and Drexel during his senior season. Lucine was the captain of legendary head coach Jimmy Mills' first team and fittingly honored as the first-ever men's soccer HC Alumni Trophy recipient which is presented to "the player who has contributed most in skill and sportsmanship to the success of the season." Additionally, Lucine was a member of the Fords' baseball team where he was known for his ability to always come up with the timely base hit as a pinch hitter.
Robert "Bob" Swift '68 was one of the best to play men's tennis at Haverford, doing so under legendary head coach Norman Bramall. Swift played No. 1 singles and doubles for the Fords during each of his four seasons. Those who saw Swift grace the Haverford courts were instantly impressed with the natural talent of his game. However, Swift also possessed one of the best mental games in the sport which helped him become one of the top players in the Middle Atlantic Conference. Swift won nearly 70 percent of his matches at the top of Haverford's lineup, totaling 25 wins in both singles and doubles. Serving as the team captain during Bramall's final season, Swift was honored as the team's Virginia Cup recipient that year, an honor bestowed upon the team's MVP. Swift went on to become well-renowned professionally as one of the finest trial lawyers of his generation. In 2010, Swift was honored with the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Lifetime Achievement Award which pays tribute to past participants in the world of varsity tennis who have achieved excellence in their chosen careers.
Mike Racke '81 was an instant star for the men's basketball team. He was named to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference team during each of his four seasons, garnering first-team accolades over his final three years while also serving as team captain. Racke averaged a double-double throughout his career with 16.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per contest. An intimidating presence on the court, his school records for both rebounds (918) and field goal percentage (.620) have not been challenged in the nearly 40 years since his graduation. Racke's 1,519 career points are second only to Class of 2008 Hall of Achievement inductee Dick Voith '77. Racke poured in a career-high 21.3 points per game on his way to All-ECAC honors as a senior, shooting 64.2 percent from the field. Highlighting that effort was a 43-point outing against Eckerd (Fla.) where Racke broke Haverford's single-game field goal percentage record as he took 21 shots and missed just twice. Racke was named the program's Bennett S. Copper Award (Team MVP) in three separate seasons.
Meredith Unger '97 finished her cross country and track & field careers at Haverford with seven school records and five All-American certificates. Also excelling in the classroom as an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient, Unger was the first-ever junior recipient of the Stephen G. Cary '37 Award and finished her collegiate career as a two-time selection for that honor which was formerly presented for "outstanding dedication and achievement in women's athletics." On the cross country course, Unger twice won the conference's individual championship. She led the Fords to three Centennial Conference Championships (1993, 95, 96) and the team's first-ever appearances at the NCAA Division III Championships. Unger earned cross country All-American status with a seventh-place finish at the national meet as a senior, following a 19th-place performance during the previous year. On the track, Unger was the national runner-up in the 3,000 meter championship during her final indoor campaign. She was also a two-time All-American on the outdoor surface in the 1,500 meter race with third (1997) and fourth (1996) place finishes. Unger still holds the Haverford record in the indoor 1,500 meter and outdoor mile races.
J.B. Haglund '02 capped one of the most decorated individual careers for the men's cross country and track & field programs as a four-time national champion, nine-time All-American, and a 15-time Centennial Conference Champion. Haglund's senior season saw him become the first and only runner in program history to win an individual national championship during each of the three running seasons. Haglund started his senior campaign by winning the individual championship at the 2001 NCAA Cross Country Championships and followed that up by running the anchor leg for Haverford's first-ever national championship winning relay as he joined Greg Bielecki '03, Chris Ward '02, and Chris Johnstone '02 as the 2002 distance medley relay national champions. Haglund capped his career by pulling off the 5K and 10K double in his final collegiate meet. He won the 10,000 meter race on Thursday and came back just two days later to win the 5,000 meters. Voted the Outstanding Male Track Athlete of the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Haglund was additionally awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship and received the Varsity Cup during his historic senior campaign.