FRANCIS GIGLIO III
2004 INDUCTION TO THE RHODE ISLAND AQUATIC HALL OF FAME
Fran’s accomplishments as one of Rhode Island’s premier sprinters are the reason for his induction into the Rhode Island Aquatic Hall of Fame.
Fran helped his Barrington Eagles win their first Rhode Island Interscholastic state swimming crowns in 1984 and 1985. In his freshman year, he was the runner-up in the 100 yard Freestyle and was a member of the winning 200 yard Medley Relay team. In his sophomore year, he anchored the 200 yard Medley Relay along with teammates Jeff Robles, Andy Robinson, and brother Chris swimming a 1:38.60, which established a record that still stands to date and earned All-American honors. As a junior, he finished with state titles in the 200 yard Medley Relay, 50 yard Freestyle and a record setting 100 yard Butterfly (53.54). As a senior, he set a new state record of 21.78 in the 50 yard Freestyle event, which still stands today. Fran was the Rhode Island Interscholastic Swimming and Diving Championships Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet as well as the Swimmer of the Year.
Fran’s career continued at the University of Rhode Island by earning a swimming scholarship. Prior to his freshman year he was awarded with the Ram Blue and White Rhode Island High School Athlete of the Year. Fran established the university record in the 50 yard Freestyle during his freshman year, and assisted the team to its highest placing (runner-up) at the New England Intercollegiate Swimming League Championships in 1988. Throughout his collegiate career Fran was a finalist each year in the 50 yard Freestyle as well as other individual events and relays. In 1991 Fran was selected captain of the swimming and diving team during his senior year at URI.
Fran, his wife Mary, and baby son Christopher John, live in Arlington, Virginia. He is the Director of Compliance for Lincoln Educational Services headquartered in West Orange, New Jersey.