Kirk "Hutch" Hutchinson '82

Kirk "Hutch" Hutchinson '82

The son of an Olympic qualifier who also swam for legendary coach Charlie Butt at Springfield College, Hutchinson continued the family tradition of excellence in the pool. As a junior in 1981 he captured the Division III national championship in the 100 butterfly by setting a new national record of 50.88 seconds. After twice finishing as a runner-up at nationals in the 200 butterfly, Hutchinson closed the deal as a senior in 1982, winning his second national crown with a time of 1:52.63. The two marks stood for an astounding 24 and 25 years, respectively.

Hutchinson earned All-American recognition all four years in the 200 butterfly, twice in the 100 butterfly and 200 medley events, and once in the 400 medley relay. As a senior, he was the New England Champion in the 100 and 200 butterfly races and the 400 individual medley. He was recognized as the Robert B.Muir Trophy winner, given by the New England Intercollegiate Swimming Association, for the most career points at the New England Championships.

In addition to his school marks in the 100 butterfly, 200 butterfly, and 200 individual medley, Hutchinson graduated holding the Polar Bear record in the 400 individual medley and was also a member of the College’s record-holding 400 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.

A native of New Haven, Connecticut, Hutchinson now lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts, with his wife, Dori Stauss Hutchinson, also of the class of 1982, and their three children, all accomplished swimmers. Kirk and Dori continue to use their talents in very positive and meaningful ways for the common good. They started the recreational competitive swim program in Sudbury and Hutch participates in both swimming and cycling events to raise money for cancer research.