|Sport (s):||Men's Swimming and Diving|
SIDNEY H. SHOWALTER II ’64 earned three letters in swimming and diving and was the team’s most valuable swimmer in 1963 and captain as a senior. In 1962, he was part of a 400-yard medley relay that broke the school record in 4:11.5 and, as a junior, he set a pair of school records in the 60-yard freestyle (29.5 seconds) and the 100-yard freestyle (53.8 seconds). During his senior season, Showalter established the 200-yard freestyle school record in 2:01.9. Showalter was the team’s leading scorer as a junior and senior. As a freshman, he rode on the victorious Little 5 team from Sigma Alpha Epsilon. He was elected president of the DePauw “D” Association as a senior.
Upon graduation with a B.A. in economics, Showalter entered Navy Officer Candidates School in Newport, R.I., and was assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga (CVA-60). The Saratoga was home ported in Mayport, Fla., and assigned to the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea. In 1968, Showalter returned to his hometown of Columbus, Ind., where he worked in his father’s campaign for Bartholomew County Judge and his uncle’s (Ed Whitcomb) campaign for governor. Both were victorious and he moved to Washington D.C. where he worked at the Republican National Committee for a year before serving as executive director of a congressional campaign in Florida. Showalter then began a career in real estate before moving to Tampa, Fla., in 1980 where he helped run a landscaping company. In 1985, Showalter started his own landscape company, Showalter Landscaping and Irrigation, Inc., which specialized in new landscape construction and renovation for residential, condominium and commercial properties. Just the second person to pass all 18 sections of the Florida Certified Landscape Contractor on his first try and among the first to be certified as a Florida Certified Landscape Designer, Showalter sold the business in 2008 and is now retired and living in Naples, Fla.