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Frank Lorge


Frank Lorge grew up in Chicago and began swimming at the age of eleven at Portage Park, a neighborhood pool. Coached by Jack Bolger, a volunteer coach at the park for the swimming and water polo teams, Frank had several swimming scholarship offers, but chose to swim for Coach John Smith at Vanderbilt University. These two men were highly influential in his development as a student athlete, and more importantly, as a person.

In high school, he was a member of the citywide Chicago Park District Team that won the 1968 Water Polo Junior National Championship, and he was named a High School All-American – Honorable Mention for Water Polo.

At Vanderbilt, Frank was the Southeastern Conference Champion in the 200-yard backstroke in 1969 and 1970, setting a new conference record of 1:59.9 his sophomore year. In 1970, he swam the backstroke leg on a 200-meter medley relay for the Sarasota Swim Club that set an American Record. He was a three-time NCAA qualifier, a four-year Letterman, and team Captain his senior year. Frank was undefeated in the 200-yard backstroke by opposing teams in dual meets for all four years.

In 1970 he was an inaugural recipient of the Rowan Scholarship for outstanding engineering students in an Olympic sport. In 1972, he received the Stein Stone Memorial Award by the School of Engineering. The award is made to the graduating engineering student that “has earned a letter in sports and has been judged by the faculty to have made the most satisfactory scholastic and extra-mural progress as an undergraduate.”

His has received three degrees from Vanderbilt: Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering, 1972; Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1980; and Master of Science in Environmental and Water and Resources Engineering, 1982. In 2010, he was inducted into the Vanderbilt Athletics Hall of Fame.

In 1990 & 2010, he was US Masters National Champion in the 200-meter backstroke for the Arkansas Masters Swim Club.

Frank and Melissa have been married for 27 years and have four children and one daughter-in-law. He was a Managing Director at Stephens Inc. where he worked for 18 years. He is currently self-employed.