Curt Genders came to Florida State from Sarasota with the possibility of participation in either swimming, gymnastics or the circus. He chose swimming and won All-America honors in 1959, 1960, and 1961 as a one-meter diver. In his senior year, 1961, Genders defeated two Olympians to win the NCAA one-meter diving title. Genders was FSU's first NCAA swimming champion. His feat, won on the final dive of the competition, helped him win an 11th place finish for the Seminoles. Curt Genders' great forte was his consistency, and coupled with his grace and strength, enabled the fine student-athlete to bring national recognition to Florida State University. He became the second diver to enter the FSU Hall of Fame following former teammate Phil Boggs.