1998 INDUCTION TO THE RHODE ISLAND AQUATIC HALL OF FAME
Joe Carroll was one of the most successful swimmers in Rhode Island history. Joe began swimming in Rhode Island in 1980. Joining the Little Rhody Aquatic Club, Joe began to train seriously under the guidance of coach Richard Burrows, and quickly began to make a name for himself on the national level.
At the 1981 Junior Nationals in Milwaukee, WI, Joe placed in both the 500 and 1000 freestyles, and was 3rd in the 200 freestyle. In the 1981 long course meet, at Mission Viejo, CA, Joe placed 2nd in the 400 freestyle, and 7th in the 200 freestyle.
He earned a scholarship to swim at Indiana University under the legendary Doc Counsilman. Joe began a great college career, finaled in the Big Ten Championships each of his college years. He was Big Ten Champion in the 200 free in 1983, 84 and 85, and qualified for the NCAA Championships.
Joe’s long course seasons, representing Little Rhody Aquatic Club, saw him compete at the USS Senior Nationals (1983, 1984, 1985), the United States Sports Festival (1983), and the United States Olympic Trials (1984).
He held all short course and long course Rhode Island State records in all freestyle events, 50-1000 yards, and 50-800 meters, and still holds many of those records.
He also set state records in the individual medley events. In 1986, Joe began coaching at St. Joseph’s High School in South Bend, IN. In 1987, Joe became coach of the Michiana Marlins, a nationally ranked age group program located in South Bend. Joe retired from coaching in 1990, and presently works as Manager of Digital Products at Advanced Imaging Solutions in South Bend, Indiana.