Paul Bimmler '09
If there is a swimming record at Austin Prep, it was set by Paul Bimmler. Of the 14 school records in swimming for men, Paul still holds all 14 records. He has the fastest time in 10 different races, with three of them in relays.
He joined the school’s swim team as a sixth-grader, and upperclassmen quickly recognized his skill. Austin Prep practiced before school in Malden at 6:00 am, and Paul was noted for his enthusiasm and dedication. He recruited friends to join the team, and became a faster, stronger and more integral part of the team as he grew older. By the time he graduated, Paul had seven varsity letters, helped lead Austin Prep to six Catholic Central League Championships, and set 12 CCL records.
In his senior year, he won both the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle at the Division II State Championships. He served as a team captain, and was selected as the team MVP in his sophomore, junior and senior years. Paul was named the League MVP four times and a League All-Star six times. The Boston Globe and Boston Herald both named him an All-Scholastic twice, and in 2009 the Globe chose Paul as the Swimmer of the Year. He was also named a USA Swimming Academic All-American three times, during the three years he was eligible for the honor.
After graduating from Austin Prep, Paul joined the Division I Fairfield University swim team, where he continued to earn accolades. He was one of the team captains and holds program records in the 100 Backstroke, 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle, as well as nine out of a possible 10 relay records. In 2013, he was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week.
Currently, Paul is a social studies teacher for eighth- and ninth-graders at Ursuline Academy in Dedham, Massachusetts. For three years he has been an Assistant Swim Coach for the Andover/North Andover YMCA Hurricanes Swim Club and enjoys giving back to a team he once swam for.