A captain of the 1937 University of Pennsylvania swimming team, Gene Gisburne excelled in the pool as well as on the gridiron and lacrosse field.
A three-year letterwinner for the swimming team, Gisburne went to he 1937 U.S. championships and took second place in the 100-yard freestyle, and competed in the 50-yard freestyle race as well. In his career, he raced the 50-yard sprint 26 times and missed coming in first place just five times. Gisburne also competed on the 400-yard relay team.
Gisburne competed two years on the football team and three years for the lacrosse team and in 1935, he won a letter for all three sports. Gisburne was academically honored as the Class of 1937’s Spade Man. He returned to the University of Pennsylvania as the Vice President of Student Affairs.