Swimming - 2007
MATTHEW GILCHRIST was a member of the Coming District varsity swimming team beginning in 7th grade while he was at Coming Free Academy middle school. He competed in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and was the anchor of the 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams. Matt was a nine-time sectional champion and five times he finished in the top ten in the New York State swimming championships. He still holds (as of 2004) the district and pool records in the 50 free, 100 free and 400 free relays. Following graduation from Coming West in 1993, Matt attended Villanova University and although he was more than capable of competing at the D-l level, he opted to enroll in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corp. After graduating, Matt was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy. During his ten years in the Navy, Matt served in the Special Operations branch of the Navy within the BOD (explosive ordinance disposal) unit. During his military duty, Matt married his college sweetheart and after the birth of his two children he decided to leave active duty. Matt and his family are currently living in Middlebury, CT.