Richard H. Burrows
Richard H. Burrows
Hometown: Providence, RI
Team: Swimming & Diving

Richard H. Burrows '76
Hometown:
Providence, RI
Sport: Swimming & Diving 
Year Inducted: 1981

Richard H. Burrows ’76 is the man Coach Ed Reed credits with turning the swimming program around at this University. His Brown exploits actually came as no surprise. Burrows had more than a modicum of success at Cranston West High School, where he was New England high school swimming champion in both the 200 and 400-freestyle events. Swimming with the varsity during his freshman year on the Hill, Burrows made a big splash immediately by capturing the New England championship in the 1650-freestlye with a new record time of 17:22. He then smashed every Brown freshman record he touched – 200 free, 200 individual medley, 500 free, 200 butterfly, and 400 individual medley. In the New Englands that year he was third in the 200 I.M. and second in the 500 free. This was just the start of a career that saw the Cranston native capture six New England titles in four different events and set six Brown varsity records. “The thing about Rich that was so impressive was that he kept working, learning, and improving after he got to college,” Coach Reed says. “Some kids are willing to settle for the ability they have. Not Rich. He wanted to push all the buttons and become as good as was humanly possible.” Well, Burrows was more than good in the New Englands at the close of his sophomore season. He set a N.E. mark in winning the 200 butterfly, and his New England record-breaking time in the 400 I.M. qualified him for the Nationals in Texas. Burrows was tri-captain of the 1974-75 team which swept the New Englands held at the Brown pool. Recognized at that point as one of the East’s best swimmers, Burrows won three individual titles – the 200 and 400 individual medleys and the 200 butterfly. In each victory, his time set a New England record. Now a Masters swimmer, Rich Burrows is still chalking up the victories. He was national Masters champion and All-American in 1979 and national champion and record holder for the one-hour swim earlier this year. He is director of aquatics at Providence College and head coach of the Little Rhody Aquatic Club.