James Kegley was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame in 1991 as an Honour Swimmer. The graduate from Indiana University was a prominent professional marathon swimmer in the 1980s and coached other marathon swimmers like David Alleva in the 1990s. He won the 1980 La Tuque 24-hour Marathon with Paul Asmuth and placed in the top three at the 35.4K (22-mile) Sydney Harbor Marathon Swim, 35.4K (22-mile) Around-the-Island Marathon Swim in Atlantic City, USA, the 32K (20-mile) Traversée Internationale du lac Memphrémagog in 7 hours 11 minutes in 1980 in Canada as well as other marathon swims in Canada (Traversée Internationale du lac St-Jean), Argentina and Italy (Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli). He won the 57K (36-mile) Maratón Acuática Internacional Santa Fe - Coronda river swim in Argentina in 7 hours 59 minutes in 1987.
Kegley also holds the longest-standing world record in a U.S. Masters Swimming sanctioned open water swim, the 2-mile Chris Green lake swim in Virginia. He is currently a professional photographer in Washington D.C., specializing in Educational, Corporate, Editorial and Travel photography.