Chad A. Senior, a four-year letterwinner in swimming at GW from 1993 through `97, was outstanding in the pool for the Colonials. He still ranks among GW's best in two individual school records (1,000 freestyle in 1993 and 1,650 yards freestyle in 1997). As a freshman in 1994, he was named Atlantic 10 Conference Freshman Swimmer of the Year after winning the conference title in the 1,650.
However, Senior received more national notoriety after entering the U.S. Army in May, 1997, and successfully competing as a two-time U.S. Olympian in the sport of modern pentathlon (which consists of shooting, fencing, swimming, riding and running) in 2000 and 2004. He is just the second Colonials athlete to represent their country in two Olympiads. Rower Michelle Knox Zaloom competed in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Games.
He trained in the U.S. Army's World Class Athlete Program at Ft. Carson, Colo., for seven years, preparing for the 2000 Summer Olympics at Sydney, Australia, in which he finished sixth. Four years later, he qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics at Athens, Greece, where he finished 13th.
A native of Fort Myers, Fla., and a graduate of North Fort Myers High School, Senior is a Major in the U.S. Air Force. He is a Flight Commander/Combat Rescue Officer (pararescue), assigned to Patrick Air Force Base in Florida.