CoEd Varsity Swim & Dive
Two athletes from Columbus High School have been chosen as inductees into the Indiana Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame for 2019.
Jim Everroad, a 1961 graduate of Columbus High, and John Vogel, a 1958 graduate, each have been selected as part of a class that will be inducted into the state’s hall of fame on April 14 at Primo Banquet Hall in Indianapolis.
The pair competed together for one season at Columbus High, the 1957-58 school year when Vogel was a senior and Everroad was a freshman.
Vogel was the state champion in diving with a state-record score as a senior. He was the first high school diver to perform a full-twisting 1½ somersault. Previously, he was the state runner-up as a sophomore and junior.
He went on to Purdue, where he was a three-time All-American in diving. He won the AAU National Outdoor Diving Championship in 1961. In 1962, Vogel was the runner-up in the Big Ten 1-meter competition and runner-up in the NCAA 3-meter event.
As a senior, Vogel was presented the Big Ten Medal of Honor. In 1964, Vogel was an alternate on the U.S. Olympic Team in the 10-meter platform event.
Everroad also was a state champion diver and also set a state record for points as a senior at Columbus High. He was the state runner-up as a junior, and he became the second high school diver – after Vogel – to perform the full-twisting 1½ somersault.
Everroad went on to Indiana University, where he was coached by legendary Hoosiers diving coach Hobie Billingsley. After Vogel finished at Purdue, he went to IU for graduate school and Everroad and Vogel trained there together under Bullingsley.
Recently, Everroad was a National Masters Diving Champion in 2016 and a World Masters Diving Champion in 2017.