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Rolffs Pinkerton '57

  • 1950s
Rolffs Pinkerton '57

Rolffs was a three-year All Mid-South champion swimmer for GMA in the 150 yard medley relay (1955, 1956, 1957), 50 yard freestyle (1955, 1956, 1957), 100 yard freestyle (1955, 1956, 1957), and 200 yard freestyle relay (1955, 1956, 1957). In addition to his selection to the national Prep School All-America Team in 1955, 1956, and 1957, he earned second places in the Southern Interscholastic Championship in 1954 and 1955 and first places in the Southeastern Interscholastic Championships in 1955, 1956, and 1957. He placed 2nd in the Eastern Interscholastic Championships in 1956 and 1957. After his very successful GMA swimming career, Rolffs continued his winning ways swimming at the University of Georgia where he was team captain. At UGA, Rolffs was a six-time SEC Champion in the 50 yard freestyle (1960 and 1961), 100 yard freestyle (1960 and 1961), and 400 yard freestyle relay (1960 and 1961). He was a school record holder and a NCAA Championship qualifier. He was also a member of the All-SEC Swim Team two years running in 1961 and 1962. After graduating from UGA in 1962, Rolffs stayed out of the pool for more than 30 years. In 1994 he became active in U.S. Masters Swimming, where he has regularly ranked in the Top Ten Times nationally for his age division and has won national championships. He also competed in the U.S. National Senior Games winning a national championship. He retired two years ago at age 75 from Duke University as associate professor emeritus of psychiatry and behavioral sciences. Rolffs and his wife, Helga, have two children and four grandchildren and reside in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Rolffs continues to swim competitively. In his retirement he enjoys teaching swimming to adults and doing other volunteer work.

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  • 1950s
  • 50s
  • alumni
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  • HOF17