2010 Hall of Fame Profile: Steve Pung

Each day leading up to the Friday, October 29 CMU Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, one member of the Class of 2010 will be featured with an article on cmuchippewas.com. Each article will be written by Hall of Fame committee member and former CMU Sports Information Director Don Helinski.

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2010 Hall of Fame Profile: Steve Pung (Swimming, 1969-72)

Some athletes are known to turn it up a notch at game time.

According to one teammate, former Central Michigan University swimmer Steve Pung was a one of those "gamers."

Pung's former high school and college teammate Jim Makarauskas explained of a friendly rivalry in practice between Steve and another Lansing-area teammate, Rick Edwards.

"They were two comparable breaststrokers and they faced off in high school a couple times as well," Makarauskas said. "Rick worked really hard and he would destroy Steve in practice. But, when it came to the meet, Steve always had his number much to Rick's frustration.

"Rick couldn't believe that he would beat Steve every day in practice but then not in the meets. They both had a lot of talent, but meets is where Steve would really shine."

As a breaststroke specialist at CMU, Pung went on to earn All-America honors five times in his career.

His freshman year he made a big splash bringing home All-America honors in three events – 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard breaststroke and as a member of the medley relay.

"Steve was part of a group that we brought in that really upgraded our program," former coach Jerry Misner said. "He was a top-notch person and as a competitor he was steady. We always knew we could count on him in his events.

"Overall he was a quiet, unassuming guy but it was his performances that singled him out."

Pung followed up his rookie campaign by posting All-America honors in the 100-yard breaststroke each of the next two years. He placed sixth nationally as a sophomore and then fourth as a junior. Along the way he held Chippewa records in both the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes and as member of the 400-yard medley relay.

For his efforts in the Finch Fieldhouse pool, Pung is being inducted into the CMU Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, Oct. 29, in a ceremony at the Soaring Eagle Resort. The induction class also will be recognized at halftime of the CMU-Bowling Green football game on Saturday.

Joining Pung in the CMU Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2010 are Ryan Cunningham, wrestling, 1997-2000), Dave Daugherty (men's soccer, 1980-83), Jeffrey Goolsby (men's cross country/track and field, 1986-89), Tina (Kinney) Salley (softball, 1997-2000) and Carey Ross (baseball, 1980-83).

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