J.P. Gowdy, a member of the Class of 1999, earned All-American honors on 17 different occasions in the pool, while earning honorable-mention honors seven times. In 1997, he captured the NCAA Championship in the 400 individual medley (IM), completing the race with a time of 3:59.85.
Gowdy was an All-American in both the 200 and 400 IM during each of his four seasons on the team. He finished second in the 200 in 1997 and 1999, while placing third in 1998. In the 400, Gowdy was third in both 1998 and 1999. His best relay performance came in 1999, when his team placed second in the 800 free.
He set program records in the 100 freestyle (45.22), 200 IM (1:51.20), and 400 IM (3:59.83), which stood at the time of his induction. Gowdy also set the school mark in the 200 butterfly, which has since been broken. He was part of the 200, 400, and 800 free relay teams, as well as the 400 medley relay group that owned school records at the time of his graduation.
He and his teammates raced to a school-best fifth-place finish at the 1999 NCAA Championships. Gowdy was the recipient of the Robert Muir Award in 1999, an award for most points scored by a senior in four years of competition at the New England Championships.