1975-76 400M Freestyle Relay NCAA Champions

1975-76 400M Freestyle Relay NCAA Champions

No other group of Bowdoin swimmers dominated its era in both individual and team competitions than did Jim Farrar ’76, Jeff McBride ’77, Steve Potter ’76, Rick Rendall ’76, and Dave Thurber ’76.

By the end of their careers at Bowdoin the five had tallied a dizzying number of college, state, and national championships and recognitions, and are remembered both as outstanding individual athletes and as one of the greatest relay teams ever to swim at Bowdoin.

Thriving as individuals and as teammates, learning from legendary coach Charlie Butt, and with a fiery competitive spirit, Thurber became the most decorated swimmer in school history while Farrar, McBride, Potter and Rendall came together as a formidable team to win the 1976 National Championship in the 400-yard freestyle relay.

A native of Naugatuck, Connecticut, Jim Farrar prepared for Bowdoin at Naugatuck High School and Avon Old Farms School in Avon, Connecticut. A Dean’s List student at Bowdoin, he graduated with a major in history. He was also an All-New England water polo athlete at Bowdoin. Farrar resides in Uxbridge, Massachusetts, with his wife, Becky Jo, and their three children.

Jeff McBride grew up in Chicago, Illinois, and is a graduate of New Trier East High School in Winnetka, Illinois. Majoring in history and sociology, he was a Dean’s List student at Bowdoin. McBride lives in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, with his wife, Donna.

Raised in Glens Falls, New York, Steve Potter attended Glens Falls High School. He was a double major at Bowdoin in economics and German, received highest honors in German, and was a Dean’s List student. He resides in Atlantic Beach, Florida, with his wife, Lauren, and their three children.

A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Rick Rendall is a graduate of Eastside High School in Greenville, South Carolina. A biology major at Bowdoin, he was captain and All- New England on the water polo team. He resides in Lisbon Falls, Maine, with his wife, Joyce Tewksbury Rendall ’76, and their three children.

Majoring in sociology at Bowdoin, Dave Thurber was awarded the Miller Swimming Trophy in 1975 as Bowdoin’s most outstanding swimmer. Thurber is a native of and lives in Barrington, Rhode Island, with his wife, Deborah, and his two children. He is an alumnus of Barrington High School.