Even though he only competed with the team for one year, Akira Kosugi left a lasting impression with the Fordham University men's swimming program.
A transfer to Fordham after swimming for three years at Florida, Kosugi was named 1996 Most Outstanding Performer at the Atlantic 10 Championships, winning A-10 titles in the 200 IM and 100 fly. He was also a member of the 200 medley relay team that won the 1996 Atlantic 10 championship, setting an Atlantic 10 record in the process with a time of 1:33.00, a Fordham record that lasted until it was broken last year.
As a senior, Kosugi set Fordham records in the 200 IM (1:51.21), 100 back and 100 fly (49.52), with the 100 fly and 200 IM records still standing today. He was also a member of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that set school records in 1996 (3:24.93).
At Florida, Kosugi was a member of two Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship teams and was a multiple SEC semifinalist in the 200 IM, 100 back and 100 fly.
Following his senior year at Fordham, Kosugi competed at the Japanese Olympic Trials in 1996.
A native of Tokyo, Kosugi and his wife, Sachiko, reside in his hometown where he is employed as a Managing Director at Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.