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William C. Barr '86
Hometown: Hightstown, NJ
Sport: Swimming & Diving
Year Inducted: 1994
Bill Barr attended the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey prior to Brown.
The Smith Swimming Center was the scene of many highlights in Bill Barr’s career. As a freshman, Bill became the Eastern Champion in the 100-meter freestyle (only the second champion in Brown swimming history). He established varsity records in the 50 and 100 freestyle events, and was a member of the relay team that set new Brown records in the 400 and 800-yard relay. He was selected All-Ivy and All-ECAC in the 100 freestyle and also a member of the All-Ivy 400-meter freestyle relay team.
As a sophomore Bill’s swimming continued to set new records. As Eastern Champion in the 50-yard freestyle he set a new meet and Brown record. He was a member of the Eastern Championship 400-yard freestyle relay team and the 400 medley relay team that both set varsity records and were selected All-Ivy and All-Eastern. Finishing second in the 100-yard freestyle at the Easterns, he established another Brown record. Bill also qualified for the NCAA Division I Championships where he finished 18th (highest finish in Brown history). Bill was again a 1st team All-Ivy and All-Eastern selection.
As a junior Bill finished second in the Easterns in the 50 and the 100-yard freestyle. Once again, he set a new Brown record in the 100, a record that still stands. He was selected 2nd team All-East and All-Ivy.
Captain of the men’s swim team as a senior, Bill’s best performance in the Easterns was anchoring the 400-yard freestyle relay with a very fast 44.22 (best ever by a Brown swimmer). Bill received the Joe Watmough MVP Award for his consistent quality performance during the entire season. Bill Barr set Brown records in 50 and 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay, 400 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay, these records still stand.
Bill and his wife, Claudia Sachsse ’86, live in Martinsville, NJ, with son, Brian William, who was born in January 1993.