L. Michael Hobbs '92

Sport Played: Swimming

Year Inducted: 2000 (eighth induction class)

Accomplishments: Few swimmers have enjoyed a more brilliant career than Michael Hobbs, who graduated from Babson in 1992. A four-time team Most Valuable Player, he is the only athlete in school history to earn All-America honors in each of his four seasons. Remarkably, in two of those seasons, he earned All-America status in multiple events, making him one of the most versatile performers to ever grace the Babson pool. At the time of his graduation, he held seven individual school records, including marks in the freestyle, individual medley, and fly events. In addition, he was also a member of four different record-setting teams in the medley and freestyle relays. He still holds school records in four events, including the 100 and 200 fly, which are among the longest-standing marks in Babson swimming history. Of course, like so many great athletes, it was Hobbs' contributions to the team that truly set him apart from other talented swimmers. During his senior season of 1992, an exhausted Hobbs anchored the Beavers' 400 freestyle relay team that beat conference-rival Clark University to clinch ninth place at the New England Championships. It marked the fourth straight season that Babson had finished in the top 10 at the prestigious event, capping off one of the most successful eras in program history.