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2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Spotlight: Justin Zook '08

2019 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Spotlight: Justin Zook '08

Springfield, Mass. - April 5, 2019 - Springfield College is proud to announce that Justin Zook '08 is one of the six individuals who will be inducted into the Springfield College Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 13th.

If you are interested in attending the induction celebration and celebrating Justin's career and impact on Springfield College, please register online here!

Zook's impact on the sport of swimming as both an athlete and coach has been remarkable and inspirational.  As a student-athlete at Springfield, Zook played a part in the Pride capturing the 2005 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, their first in program history, in addition to garnering all-conference honors.  Zook, who was born missing half of his right foot and has had more than 30 surgeries to lengthen his leg 18 inches, is a three-time Paralympic gold medalist and three-time world champion in the 100 meter backstroke. Zook won the gold medal in the S10 class at the 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, and 2012 London Paralympics and was world champion in the same class in 2002, 2006, and 2013. He holds the world record in the 100 meter backstroke and is the former world record holder for the 200 meter backstroke in the S10 class.

Inducted in the Minnesota Swimming Hall of Fame in 2015 and a Springfield College 40 Under 40 honoree in 2017, Zook has also had a decorated coaching career, most recently at St. Catherine's University, where he's earned MIAC Coach of the Year honors twice in his three years at the helm of the Wildcats. 

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