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Bambi (Bowman) Burgess
Bambi  (Bowman) Burgess

Women's Swimming (Inducted 2004)



Bambi (Bowman) Burgess is the most decorated women's swimmer in the history of the George Washington University program. She was the conference's Most Outstanding Women's Swimmer of the Year in both 1994 and 1995. She still owns Atlantic 10 Conference championship record times in three events: 200-yard freestyle, 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle.

Burgess was the first Colonials women's swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Division I Championships (in 1994) and earn NCAA Division I All-America status after finishing 15th in the 500-yard freestyle (in '95). In her freshman season, she was undefeated in 13 dual meets and earned the dual titles of Atlantic 10 Freshman of the Year and A-10 Swimmer of the Year.

In 2001, she was one of only 17 former GW student-athletes and the only GW women's swimmer to be recognized by the Atlantic 10 Conference during the league's 25th Anniversary celebration.

A two-time swimming MVP, Burgess holds five individual school records (100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 1,650-yard freestyle) and two more records as part of relay teams (400 and 800 freestyle). As a sophomore, she won the women's U.S. 25K Open Water Swimming Championships and finished fifth in the World Swimming Championships at Rome, Italy. As a junior in 1996, she won the Pan Pacific Championships and was named Swimming World magazine's Long Distance Swimmer of the Year.

Burgess gained her bachelor's degree in Visual Communications in 1996. A 1992 graduate of Sarasota (Fla.) High School, she and her husband, Ric Burgess, have three children, Ashley, Eric, and Matthew.