Scott McCadam made a big splash as a member of the
McCadam won his first Big Eight title as a freshman in 1983, winning the 100 free at the Big Eight meet. The following season, McCadam began his string of dominance at the Big Eight Championship. McCadam won three-straight Big Eight Conference titles (1984-86) in the 50-, 100- and 200 freestyle events for an unprecedented nine Big Eight titles in three years. He was named Big Eight Swimmer of the Year twice (1984 & 1985), breaking the school and conference marks in all three events. He still holds the school records in each.
McCadam earned All-America honors for the first time in 1984, placing third in the 100 freestyle. He notched his second All-America performance the next season with a fifth-place showing in the 50 freestyle at the 1985 NCAA Championships. McCadam closed out his incredible career with three All-America performances at the 1986 NCAA meet. He finished fourth in the 50 freestyle, eighth in the 200 freestyle and was the runner-up national champion in the 100 freestyle, finishing second to multi-gold medal winner Matt Biondi of UCLA with a career-best time of 43.70. McCadam’s 42 1/2 points at the meet let ISU finish 19th at the tournament.
During the summer of 1985, McCadam was a member of the
After graduation, McCadam continued training for the 1988 Olympics. McCadam made the finals in the 50- and 100 freestyle events at the U.S. Olympic Trials in