The 37th Annual Buddy LaRosa High School Sports Hall of Fame - Dan Ketchum
A 2004 Olympic gold medalist, Dan Ketchum is regarded as one of the greatest swimmers in Sycamore High and Greater Cincinnati history. During his high school career, Dan collected six state swimming championships, was a national high school champion, a two-time national runner-up and a 14-time high school All-American. Dan was 2000 Ohio High School Swimmer of the Year and twice was named Swimmer of the Year by the Cincinnati Enquirer.
As a senior, he became a three-time state champion in both the 200 freestyle (1:37.54) and the 500 freestyle (4:25.2). The six titles equaled the most ever by an Ohio male swimmer. He has twice set the Ohio state record in the 500 freestyle (4:22.73) and was the 1999 national prep champion in the 200 freestyle (1:37.29). Along with the two state records, Dan held five different pool records, eight sectional marks, four district records, five Sycamore records (three straight years), and eight of 11 Greater Miami Conference records (set four straight years). Three of the GMC records still stand today.
Dan's 2004 season was a year to remember as he became an NCAA national champion in the 800 freestyle relay at the University of Michigan. He was a member of the 800 relay World Champion team and the same team won the Olympic Gold Medal in Athens with a national-record setting time of 7:07.33. During his collegiate career at UM, Dan was a 15-time collegiate All-American. He was the Big Ten's Freshman Swimmer of the Year in 2001, was the Big Ten Swimmer of the Year in 2002. Ketchum won the Big Ten 200-yard freestyle three times and the 500-yard freestyle once. He set the UM pool record in the 800-free Relay (6:24.33) and he currently ranks in the Top Ten in Wolverine history in six events, including #3 in 200 freestyle (1:34.19) and #5 in the 200 IM (1:45.46).
Currently, Dan, who works for General Electric, is a Manufacturing Programs Leader for GE Aviation. He and his wife, Lori, live in Loveland with their 11-month-old daughter, Halle.