SELINSGROVE, Pa. — It’s been six years since Devin Lessard last dived into the pool for Susquehanna University, but the Chestertown native continues to make headlines.
Lessard ‘13 is the first single-sport female swimmer to enter the SU athletics hall of fame. She also has the distinction of being the program’s first All-American.
The other members of the 2019 hall of fame class are Dr. Michael Cordas ‘63, who served 13 years as the school’s medical director and team physician; Bobby Eppleman ‘11, a punter/kicker on the football team and highly decorated indoor and outdoor track and field athlete; Lindsey Jankiewicz ‘11 Breiner, an all-conference performer in volleyball and swimming; Don McLoughlin ‘90, a 6-foot-8 center on the basketball team who scored more than 1,000 career points; Chris Price ‘10, an All-American catcher; and Cara Swerdlow ‘11, a star pitcher who still holds school records for strikeouts, innings pitched, wins and shutouts.
Devin Lessard grew up at the Casey Swim Center at Washington College, where her mother Kim was the head men’s and women’s swim coach for 25 years and continues as the aquatics director, senior women’s administrator and assistant athletic director. Lessard starred first for the Sho’men Aquatics age-group program that trains at Washington College and then for Queen Anne’s County High School, before achieving even greater success at the next level.
She became Susquehanna’s first All-American in swimming as a senior in 2013 when she finished fifth in the 200 butterfly at the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships.
She was the Landmark Conference women’s swimmer of the year in 2011-12 and 2012-13 as well as the women’s rookie of the year in 2009-10.
At one time, Lessard held five individual conference records and seven school records, in addition to being a member of four school-record relays.
She currently holds SU records in the 400 individual medley, 200 butterfly, and 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle. She also holds Landmark Conference records in the 400 IM and 200 fly, and the Landmark championship meet record in the 200 fly.
In four years of competition at the Landmark Conference Championships, Lessard won gold medals in 11 of a possible 12 individual events — in the 100 and 200 fly, 200 and 400 IM, and 500 and 1,650 free.
This is the second hall of fame induction for Lessard, who entered the Queen Anne’s County High School HOF in 2014.
Though she had a Chestertown address, Lessard grew up on the Queen Anne’s side of the Chester River. She was a triple-threat athlete for the Lions, lettering in field hockey, lacrosse and swimming.
She excelled in swimming. Over four years, she was unbeaten in regular-season meets, won four individual state championships, and captained the 2009 Queen Anne’s team that won a high school state championship.