Mike Pohorylo
Swimming
​Inducted in 2005
Mike Pohorylo was a swimmer par excellence for Suffield Academy in the late 1990’s and had a sparkling career at Amherst College where he graduated in 2004. Like most swimming prodigies, he began his career early (at age 8) swimming for the Windsor Locks Water Jets and, later, the Charter Oak team.

He entered Suffield Academy in 1996 and joined both the Swim Team and the Water Polo Team. He was captain of both teams (Water Polo in 1998-99) and the Varsity Swim Team from 1998 to 2000. While at Suffield, he was a U.S. Swimming Junior National qualifier in 1999, and that same year was a member of the Academy team that won the New England Prep School Championship in the 200-yard Freestyle Relay. In his senior year, he set Suffield Academy records in the 200-yard Individual Medley and 100-yard Breaststroke. In these same events, he won the New England Prep School Championships. For his efforts, he was named a two-time All American and the Boston Globe Male New England Swimmer of the Year. While his achievements in the pool were legendary, he also excelled in the classroom where he was named an Academic All American and was awarded the H. Meade Alcorn prize for excellence in academics and athletics.

Entering Amherst College in 2000, he quickly established himself as a premier swimmer and enjoyed tremendous success over his four years there. He was a two-time National Division III Champion in the 100 and 200-yard Breaststroke events, won ten New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championships (5 individual, 5 relay), set four NESCAC championship records, set three NESCAC conference records, and five Amherst pool and varsity records. Mike was an 11-time All American swimmer, six-time All American Honorable mention and a 16-time All-NESCAC honoree. He was named to both the Collegiate Sports Information Directors All American team and NESCAC All Academic Team for his prowess in the classroom as well as the pool. He served as captain of both the Swim Team and the Water Polo Team, a sport in which he earned All New England First Team honors.

After graduating from Amherst in 2004, Mike moved to Boston where he is enrolled at Boston College and pursuing a masters degree in Higher Education Administration. He was also recently named as an Assistant Mens and Womens Swim Coach at BC.