A three-sport athlete at Williston Academy, Harlow “Chip” Ide used his speed and competitive nature to excel on the gridiron, in the pool, and on the track.
An All-American swimmer in the 50 Free, Chip helped set national prep school records in the medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 free relay. In 1954, he was a member of the 400 free relay team that placed fourth at the AAU National Championships.
The depth and extent of his accomplishments can perhaps be best summed up by a newspaper’s breathless account of Mr. Ide. The Williston Academy team had just win their third-straight title at the 18th annual Trinity College preparatory schools meet and the news was describing the team as the “Bay State Powerhouse.”
“Ide, who already gained considerable fame on the football field and is a fine track performer in addition to his swimming brilliance,” the story noted, “won the 50-yard sprint and did a sizzling anchor lap as Williston took the 200-yeard freestyle in 1:36.9 which was both a meet and Trinity pool record.”
After his senior year at Williams College, he was presented with the Richardson Medal for the best swimmer. On the Williams football team, he averaged over 8.1 yards per carry, played in the 1959 All-America Bowl, and was honored with the Brooks Memorial Medal, given to the best small college halfback in the East.
The Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, dinner, and reception was held on Saturday, June 6, 2015. Chip Ide’s award was presented to him by Joel Schiavone ’54.
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