John Reister won nine All-American honors in swimming over three years (1969, 1970 and 1971). In 1969, Reister earned All-American recognition in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle and the 400 and 800 freestyle relays. As a junior, he repeated as an All-American in the 200 and 500 free. In his final season in Granville, John earned All-American status in the 500 free, the 400 free relay and the 800 free relay. He also won Ohio Conference championships in freestyle events in each of his four years at Denison.