To put it mildly, William F. Rollinger Jr. put area swimming and Jamestown High School in particular on the map.
Swimming was always in the blood of the Rollinger family as his dad, William F. Rollinger Sr., established a national high school record of 18 seconds flat in the 40-yard freestyle while competing for Erie Academy. His mother, Edna Mae, was an outstanding diver and qualified for the Olympics, so, it was only natural that the younger Rollinger took up the sport.
Rollinger was born on February 28, 1941, in Erie, Pennysylvania, and began swimming at the age of five and while attending Erie Cathedral Prep became an All- American in the 50-yard freestyle. It was in that event where he finished third in the National Catholic High School Championships at Villanova University in Philadelphia.