South Bend Adams High School, 1964 – 68
Michael Fitzgerald competed at South Bend Adams High School, where he was a versatile swimmer winning state championships in three different events. His first title came in the 200-yard individual medley in 1966, setting the state record with a time of 2:05.0. At the 1968 state championship meet he went on to win two events in state record times, winning the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:47.0 and the 400-yard freestyle with a time of 3:49.5, over 7 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher. During his high school career, Michael was a three-time Interscholastic All-American. In addition, he was a National Merit Commended Scholar and a Hoosier Scholar. Michael went on to attend Indiana University where he was Phi Beta Kappa and earned a Law degree Cum Laude. He is a two-time recipient of “Best Book on Religion and Philosophy” by the Midwest Publisher’s Association. Mike is currently a retired entrepreneur, living in Bloomington with his wife Judy. His philanthropic efforts include deeding 342 acres in Santa Fe, New Mexico and Bloomington, Indiana to permanent conservation trusts.