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01 Leslie M. (Custer) Grimm '85
01 Leslie M. (Custer) Grimm '85
Title: HOF Class of '01

Leslie Custer Grimm was the Academy’s most dominant woman swimmer and becomes the Athletic Hall of Fame’s first female inductee. A three-year captain and two-time Most Valuable Player on the women’s swimming team. Leslie set 12 Academy Records at Kings Point, five of which still stand today. She is the record holder in the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke, and the 200 backstroke. She is also part of the 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay teams which own Academy marks. Perhaps most impressive about Leslie’s collegiate career in the pool is that she was the NCAA Division III National Champion in the 200-yard backstroke in 1985 with a National Record time of 2:09.98. She is one of the Academy’s six national champions in any sport. As a one=woman team at the 1985 NCAA Championships, Leslie accumulated enough points to place Kings Point in the top 25 in the team competition. Leslie was a 10-time, All America and the first woman nominated for the Academy’s Admiral Giles C. Stedman Award. In 1985, she became the first recipient of the prestigious Julie Berke Trophy, awarded to the Academy’s most outstanding female athlete.