Gil Meem, '38, was the standout swimmer during W&L's run of consecutive Southern Conference championships during the late 1930s.
During the regular season in 1937 Meem was undefeated in the 220 and 440-yard freestyle events and went on to capture Southern Conference titles in both events.
The Bluefield, West Virginia native established a new Southern Conference record in the 440. His senior year he led the Southern Conference meet in scoring for the second consecutive year by winning the 50-yard freestyle, 150-yard backstroke and swimming a leg on W&L's winning 300-yard medley relay team. The backstroke and relay victories established new conference records.
Meem's stay saw one of the glorious periods of swimming in W&L history. The Generals did not lose a dual meet during his career and won four straight Southern Conference championships from 1935 to 1938.