Bob Jackson was a dominant backsrtoker both at Arizona and in international competition. Bob swam at Arizona for two years winning the Pac-10 title in the 100-yard backstroke and finishing as the runner-up in the 200-yard backstroke. At the NCAA Championships, he earned first-team All-America honors for placing second in the 100-yard backstroke and a finishing fifth in the 200-yard backstroke in 1980. Prior to that, Bob was the 1979 U.S. National Champion in the 100-meter backstroke. That same year, he captured the 100-meter backstroke and 4X100 medley relays at the Pan American games. In 1980, Bob repeated as the U.S. National Champion in the 100-meter backstroke ans was heavily favored in that race, as well as the 4x100 medley relay at the Olympics that summer. However, due to the U.S. boycott of the Moscow Games, Bob did not have that opportunity. However, his time in the 100-meter backstroke prelims at the U.S. Olympic Trails- held concurrently with the Moscow Olympics- was .68 seconds faster than the gold medal-winning time. Recently, Bob was named a recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal- the highest civilian honor bestowed by the United States Congress.