Meet the Final Three Members of Penn Athletic Hall of Fame Class VII

PHILADELPHIA- With the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame Class VII induction nearing, PennAthletics.com is presenting a weekly series profiling some of the former athletes and coaches who will be inducted. The official ceremony will take place next Saturday, May 8 at The Inn at Penn. That night,12 members will join the Penn Athletics Hall of Fame.

Week 1 release (Dionne Anthon, Doug Glanville, W. Kelso Morrill)
Week 2 release (Bob Atkinson, Frank Crossin, Patty Kennedy)
Week 3 release (Walter Hynoski, Gail Rossman, Bob Seddon)

John Adams W'72, men's tennis
John Adams was Penn's first-ever All-American in tennis. As a testament to that accomplishment, at the time of his induction, he remains as the only All-American in school history.

Adams was a three-year letterwinner for the Quakers from 1970-72. A team captain in 1971 and 1972, Adams was one of the most dominant players in team history. In his first season he went 8-1 playing No. 1 in singles matches as a sophomore, helping Penn to the EITA team championship. As a junior, he lost just two matches all year -- singles and doubles combined -- and seldom lost a set. He went 12-1 at No. 1 singles for the Red and Blue and led Penn to a 9-5 overall record and a fifth-place finish in the Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Association (EITA) standings with a 5-4 league record.

His senior season in 1972 was even better and may very well have been the best single-season effort in school history. Behind Adams, Penn went 12-3 on the year and finished with a 6-2 record in the EITA standings. Adams earned his All-America distinction going 12-3 at No. 1 singles for the Quakers. He claimed the EITA singles title and also won the EITA championship in doubles with teammate Larry Loeb. The duo combined to go 7-2 on the year at No. 1 doubles en route to the league title. At the NCAA Championships, hosted by Georgia, Penn finished 10th which was the Quakers' best finish to date at NCAAs. Also that season, Adams was a two-time All-EITA/All-Ivy recipient, earning first-team honors in both singles and doubles. For his efforts, Adams was named the team's Most Valuable Player, earning the Gabriel Lavine Trophy.

Adams is also a member of Penn's Tennis Hall of Fame.

William Byrd Page BS 1887 ME 1888, men's track & field
In a time that pre-dated Franklin Field, William "Bill" Byrd Page was one of the most well known track athletes in the world. A former college, American and World record holder, Page set all three as a member of the Red and Blue from 1885-87.

Page was a three-time All-American in the high jump during his time at Penn. He was also a three-time Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) champion and Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) champion. In 1885, while just a sophomore, he won his first IC4A and AAU titles in the high jump, setting a collegiate and American record in the process and earning his first All-America honor. A year later, Page repeated that feat with IC4A and AAU titles, in addition to yet another All-America honor.

Then, in his final season as a Quaker in 1887, Page became the world record holder in the high jump. En route to his third straight All-America selection, as well as the IC4A and AAU titles, Page became the first person to ever clear 6 feet, 4 inches in the high jump. Making his feat even more impressive, this was also a time when there was seldom a soft landing area for high jumpers and well before the modern day high jump technique was created.

Upon his graduation in 1887, Page's school record in the high jump stood for more than half a century -- in fact, it took 55 years before another Quaker surpassed his mark.

E. Craig Sweeten W'37, special award
For the first time in the history of the Penn Athletic Hall of Fame, the University bestows a special honorary award. We would be hard-pressed to find a better candidate, and we are honored to add another award to the many he has already accumulated from this institution.

E. Craig Sweeten's Penn athletic career reads as such -- he played soccer for three years, from 1934-36, and was captain of the 1936 squad.

(We will let him decide whether or not to confirm the legend we were told...that he arrived at Penn with the hopes of joining the football program. He quickly gave up that dream, and decided to go out for the soccer team. At the first tryout, the coach pointed to a spot and said, "anyone who has played soccer before, go over here." He then pointed to another spot and said, "anyone who has NOT played soccer before, go over here." Sweeten, who had never played soccer before, figured that the players who had never played soccer before would get cut immediately. So he went with the group that HAD played before.)

Mr. Sweeten's biggest contributions came after his playing days ended -- and they lasted for many, many years.

After receiving his degree in 1937, Mr. Sweeten became an alumni field worker with the University's Bicentennial Campaign. Upon its culmination, he was appointed as Assistant Director, and later Director, of the University's Placement Service. Between 1956 and 1965, he was Penn's Director of Development, and afterward served as Vice President for Development and Public Relations until 1976.

With the start of the Program for the Eighties, Mr. Sweeten was given the position of Senior Vice President for Development and Public Relations, which he held until his retirement in 1981.

Mr. Sweeten has served as President of the Class of 1937 every year since his matriculation, except during his junior year. In 1985, he was the first recipient of the Fundraising Executive of the Year Award, given by the National Society of Fundraising Executives, Delaware Valley Chapter. He is a member of Penn's General Alumni Society Board and the Organized Classes Board. He has given many small gifts to the University over the course of his lifetime. In 1987, Mr. Sweeten became a Benjamin Franklin Society (BFS) Fellow for his 50th reunion.

On the occasion of his retirement, the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania dedicated the E. Craig Sweeten Alumni Center in his honor, and awarded Mr. Sweeten the Alumni Award of Merit for his professional accomplishments and his many years of service to the University.