Arriving in Baltimore at age twelve from Danvers Y in Danvers, Massachusetts, Patrick Kennedy had seen many fine young swimmers beating him in Age Group Meets. With a new home and a new team, he set renewed and quite high goals: to break records and become the number one swimmer by age fourteen. Little did he know that mere National Group Records would become a minor part of his future star-studded swimming career. By the time he was finished, Patrick Kennedy would be many time Prep and collegiate all-American. He would also break American and NCAA Records, win NCAA Team Titles and swim as the first male from Baltimore in half a century in the Olympic Games.
As an Age Group Swimmer, Pat progressed quickly in his new home at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. He dropped more than eight seconds in the 100 Back to rank First in the nation that year. As a fourteen year old, Pat had one of the most phenomenal meets of all time in West Chester, PA breaking four NAG Records in one weekend. In all, Pat broke seven NAG Records, had ten First place Rankings and 51 total Rankings. In the late eighties Swimming World named him to its top five Age Group Swimmers of all time.
As a Prep Swimmer at Loyola Blakefield from l978-82, Pat led Loyola to its first undefeated season in history in l979, spearheaded its National Prep Championship in l980 and continued to rack up all-American and local titles on the way. At graduation Pat had earned an incredible 20 all-American titles.
Attending Florida on a full scholarship, Pat starred as a freshman as the number one point scorer for Florida at NCAA with 33 individual points as Florida won its first Men’s Title Event. As a sophomore in l984, Pat again scored the most individual points and twice broke the American Record in the 400 yard IM. That year Pat was Southern Eastern Conference Swimmer of the Year. By graduation Pat had nine all-American titles to his credit.