To encourage athletic and academic excellence, Frank V. Campisi and Fred Fisher established this endowment honoring Tracy Caulkins, who set a distinguished standard for all student-athletes.
Over the course of her athletic career, Caulkins developed a reputation as one of the most versatile American female swimmers in history. Caulkins won a record 48 national championships, placing first in every type of stroke competition. After winning world championships in the 200-meter butterfly and both individual medleys, she became the youngest person ever to win the Sullivan Award as the nation’s outstanding amateur athlete in 1978. With a series of victories in 1981 and 1982, she broke both the male and female records for having won the most national titles. During her two appearances in the Olympics, she won three gold metals.
Caulkins graduated from UF in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting. As a student, she won a total of twelve NCAA championships from 1982 through 198