For four years, Denise Leckenby participated in UNH women's swimming. In her time at UNH, Leckenby especially excelled in the 100 and 200 freestyle events, never losing a race in either event in her career. Twice she was named UNH Athlete of the Year. She was a four-time conference Swimmer of the Year (NAC and America East) and ECAC Swimmer of the Year. She was also Scholar-Athlete for America East in 1996 and 1998.
She currently holds the five fastest times ever performed at America East in the 50, 100, and 200 freestyles as well as ECAC records in those same events. Her 50-yard freestyle time still remains on of the world's top 100 times ever performed in that event.
She was a NCAA Division I qualifier during her freshman, sophomore, and senior years and earned All-America honors during her sophomore year when she placed eighth in the 200-yard freestyle. That same year she also placed 11th in the 100 freestyle, which placed UNH 27th in the country at NCAAs.
Leckenby qualified for the Olympic Trials and swam on a world-ranked 800 freestyle relay team at the 1996 Senior Nationals. Leckenby led the UNH women's swim to its first of two conference titles. An exceptional student, she is now a doctoral student and Teaching Fellow in the Sociology Department at Boston College.
"Denise was perhaps the most dominant athlete in UNH's history having never lost her two premiere events in four years of competition. Her All-America status and world ranking speak for themselves," head coach Josh Willman said. "But it is her spirit, leadership, integrity, sense of team and what she taught me as her coach that is her most lasting achievement."
She joins previous fellow inductees, Emily Cole '85, Martha Clohisy '85, Pam Birsinger '89 Shannon Doherty '92 and Mike Dix '93