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Davitt Cunningham

2013 SRVHS Athletic Hall of Fame


Davitt Cunningham, Class of 1979:

Davitt Cunningham’s success story began at an early age. A combination of natural ability and hard work made Davitt a standout youth swimmer. At age 14, he was featured in Swimmer’s World Magazine and by the time he was a Freshman (age 15), he was ranked 20th in the world in the 100 Butterfly. In his four years as a Varsity swimmer, Davitt never lost a race. By the time he graduated, Davitt owned every swim record at SRV except one. In fact, he still holds the school record for the 100 Freestyle, and held the EBAL record in that event until this year. Davitt was named the Most Outstanding Athlete at SRV in both his Junior and Senior years and was named the Most Outstanding Athlete in the 7 Bay Area Counties in 1979.

Davitt was given a full-ride scholarship to the University of Arizona. During his time at the Univ. of AZ, Davitt qualified for the 1980 Olympic Trials, only to have those Olympic dreams dashed by then-President Jimmy Carter’s decision to boycott those Moscow games. Davitt still went on to have a great collegiate career as a four-time Division I All-American swimmer.

But he wasn’t done. After graduating with a BS degree in Psychology and Sociology, Davitt turned his attention to Triathlon’s and won the 1983 National Amateur Triathlon Championship. He then became a professional cyclist from 1985 – 1991. Davitt was elected to the Tri-Valley Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.

Today, Davitt still pedals and swims and participated in a cycling race as recently as 2011. He lives in Rocklin, CA with his wife, Wendi and daughter, Briahna. Older son, Brandon is at Northern Arizona University. Davitt works for DIC as their Asia Pacific Business Development Manager.