Matthew J. Soltysiak
Matthew J. Soltysiak
Team: Swimming & Diving

Matthew J. Soltysiak '40
Sport:
Swimming & Diving
Year Inducted:
1973

Matthew J. Soltysiak ’40 competed in every event while he was a swimmer at Brown and was never defeated in New England competition. Writing in the Providence Bulletin, sports writer Joe Nutter ’24 said in 1940: “Matt Slotysiak is the greatest swimmer in Brown history. His contributions in three years of varsity competition are without parallel in Brown annals.” But the captain of the 1940 Bruins was always a team-man first. On numerous occasions he passed up records by pacing himself in some victories so that he could come back and help Leo Barry in other events that same day. As a sophomore he won the New England 200-yard breaststroke and swam on the 300-yard medley relay team. He retained his N.E. breaststroke title as a junior and was a member of two championship medley relay teams. Solty set a Brown record for the 200-yad breaststroke with a 2:33.8. As a major in the Air Force during World War II, Soltysiak won the Air Medal for downing four Japanese planes and received the Distinguished Flying Cross for 300 hours of combat flying. He’s now a Miami attorney.