Michael Heath (swimmer)


Michael Heath (swimmer)
Michael Heath
Personal information
Full name Michael Steward Heath
Nickname(s) "Mike"
Nationality  United States
Born April 9, 1964 (1964-04-09) (age 47)
McAllen, Texas
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
College team University of Florida

Michael Steward "Mike" Heath (born April 9, 1964) is a former American college and international swimmer who is a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

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Early years

Heath was born in McAllen, Texas.[1]

College career

Heath received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he swam for coach Randy Reese's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 1983 to 1986 and was a member of the Gators' 1983 and 1984 NCAA men's championship teams. As a Gator swimmer, he won four NCAA titles and received nineteen All-American honors. Heath graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science in 1988, and was inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" in 1996.[2][3]

International career

At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, Heath was a member of the winning U.S. men's relay teams in the 4×100 meter and 4×200 meter freestyle events, and also won the silver in the individual 200 meter freestyle for a total of three Olympic medals, two of which were gold.[1]

Life after swimming

Heath is currently an assistant coach with the Spartan Aquatic Club in Orange Park, Florida, and works as a Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer in Clay County, Florida. He is married to the former Sherri-Lee Schricker, with whom he has two children.

See also

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References

  1. ^ a b Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Mike Heath. Retrieved June 8, 2010.
  2. ^ F Club, Hall of Fame, Gator Greats. Retrieved July 23, 2010.
  3. ^ "UF Hall of Fame inductees," The Gainesville Sun, p. 2C (April 12, 1996). Retrieved July 23, 2011.

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