Andrew J. Creager
A native of Bemus Point, NY, born in 1967, Andrew Creager began his swimming career at the Jamestown Boys Club at the age of two. He and his siblings were plunged into swimming lessons by their mother, who never forgot nearly drowning in a public pool as a child. Under the guidance of Tony LeVoie, he learned the fundamentals of swimming and was introduced to competitive swimming at the age of five. During this early period, Creager gained proficiency and started to excel.
At the age of 14, he won his first New York State championship in the 100-yard backstroke at the NYS YMCA Championship Meet. This would prove to be a seminal event in his development as a competitive swimmer. He would go on to break many YMCA age group records and to this day still holds YMCA 13-14 age group marks in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke.