O’Grady*, Andy

Graduation Year: 1987
Category: Athlete

Mr. Andy O’Grady was a member of the graduating class of 1987. A competitive swimmer since the age of twelve, he was a welcome addition to Bergen Catholic’s team. Andy qualified for the United States Swimming Championships in each of his four years at BC In 1985, he won and set a record at. the Junior Nationals East. in 1986 he went to the World Championship Trials. In 1987, Andy won the NJ State Championship in the 100-yard breaststroke, setting a BC record that still stands today. That same year. he received a first place medal at the US Olympic Festival in the 200-yard breaststroke event. He also holds the 200-yard individual medley record at BC and, to this day, is one of an elite group of swimmers who helped put BC on the national swim map for high schools. Andy continued his swimming success with a scholarship to UCLA, where he qualified for the NCAA Championships three times. He was named co-captain in his senior year and was a two-time All-American. In 1988, Andy qualified for the Olympic Trials. After college. Andy went on to Wall Street, where he thrived as an investment banker and bond salesman at Sandler O’Neill & Partners. Tragically, he was on the 104th floor of Tower Two at the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11, 2001.