Olympic Gold Medalist Gives Riffle Talk
Dave Wottle honors Riffle Winners: Finley and Schantz
By Sharon Rippey 315-859-4672
Contact: Sharon Rippey 315-859-4672
May 22, 2003
At the Jack B. Riffle dinner to honor this year's senior varsity athletes, Lindsey Schantz and Joe Finley were named the 2003 Riffle Award recipients and Olympic Gold medalist Dave Wottle spoke. Wottle is currently dean of admissions and financial aid at Rhodes College in Memphis.
Wottle was the gold medal winner in the 800 meters at the 1972 Olympics. His time of 1:44.3 tied the world record, at the time. Coming from well behind the pack his dramatic finish was one of the closest in Olympic history. He showed a tape of the race during his remarks to this years senior varsity athletes at the Jack B. Riffle dinner.
The Jack B. Riffle Awards for Senior Athletes were established in 1987 by alumni and friends of Jack. Burdette Riffle, a member of the class of 1950, a trustee of the College from 1979 to 1986, and a great supporter of Hamilton sports. The awards are given to an outstanding male and female athelete in the senior class who also demonstrates leadership and dedication to the highest ideals of competitive sports. The awards are presented at the annual Riffle dinner honoring all senior varsity athletes.