Athletic Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Hall of Fame was established in 1978 at which time 19 "Charter Members" were inducted either as coaches or as athletes. As of the fall of 2019, 327 individuals (305 athletes, 15 coaches and 10 benefactors) have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

The beautiful Hall of Fame room on the second floor of the Lund Center was originally partially endowed by the families of both Dwight Holcombe's (the only father/son combination holding membership in the Hall). The hardwood plaque upon which the individual plates are permanently displayed was donated by the family of former football coach and Hall of Fame member Jocko Nelson, who passed away in 1978.

Bryan Ripken

Swimming & Diving

Inducted: 2011

A major contributor in the resurgence of the Gustavus men's swimming program in the early-1990s, Bryan Ripken was a standout in the sprints, breaststroke and on multiple relays for Coach Jon Carlson from 1991 to 1994. A 10-time All-Conference performer, Ripken claimed a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Individual Title in the 100-yard breaststroke in a school record time of 59.62 in 1992 and was part of the MIAC Champion 200 Free Relay team in 1993, which also set a school record with a time of 1:25.29. In addition to his impact at the conference level, Ripken also made a splash on the national scene earning Honorable Mention All-America honors five different times in 1993 and 1994. In March of 1994, Ripken was a part of the 200 Free Relay team that finished 11th at the NCAA Championships, which was at the time the highest individual event finish ever recorded by the Gustavus men's swimming program. During Ripken's four-year career, the Gusties improved from sixth place (1991) to second place (1994) at the MIAC Championships, while also posting an all-time best 35th place team finish (at that time) at the NCAA Championships in 1994. He graduated holding individual event school records in the 50-yard freestyle (21.48), the 100-yard freestyle (47.69), the 100-yard breaststroke (59.62), and the 200-yard breaststroke (2:16.21).

After graduating in 1994 with a major in organizational management, Ripken worked in the finance and investments industry for Principal Financial as a Financial Advisor. In 1997, he started working for Ziegler Thrift Trading where he worked with employee stock option plans. In 1999, Ripken began working for Wells Fargo Advisors where he is currently a manager in the sales supervision department. Bryan lives in Blaine with his wife Anita (Stockwell '94) and their sons Kieran and Braden.