Erik Vendt

USA Swimming

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Height: 5-11 (180.3 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77.1 kg)
Birthplace: Newton, Mass.
Residence: Ann Arbor, Mich.
High School: Boston College HS ‘99
College: Southern Cal ‘05
College Major: International Relations
Coached By: Bob Bowman
Club: Club Wolverine (CW-MI)

Fast Facts

  • Three-time Olympian (2008, 2004, 2000)
  • Three Olympic medals (1 Gold, 2 Silver)

Career Highlights

Three-time Olympian who has earned two silver medals in the 400m IM (2004 and 2000)...won the 400m IM at the 2007 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool...set a meet record and won gold in the 800m free at the 2007 Mare Nostrum Series...returned to competitive swimming in April 2006 and went on to make the 2006 Pan Pac team in August; earned silver in the 1500m free in Victoria...two-time World Championship medalist, earning bronze in the 1500m free in 2003 and silver in the 400m IM in 2001...was the first American to break 15 minutes in 1500m free (lcm).

  • Olympic History: 2008: Gold, 800m FR-R ... 2004: Silver, 400m IM; 16, 1500m FR...2000: Silver, 400m IM; 6, 1500m FR
  • World Champs History: 2003: Bronze, 1500m FR...2001: Silver, 400m IM...2007: 8, 1500m FR; 10, 800m FR
  • Pan Pacs History: 2006: Silver, 1500m FR; 5, 400m FR; 9, 400m I ...2002: Silver, 1500m FR & 400m IM...1999: 7, 400m IM
  • SC Worlds History: 2002: Bronze, 800m FR-R
  • Duel in the Pool History: 2003: Bronze, 400m IM; 5, 1500m FR...2007: Gold, 400m IM; 5, 400m FR
  • 2007 World Rankings: 4th, 800m free; 7th, 1500m free; 9th, 400m IM; 11th, 400m free; 91st, 200m free; 98th, 200m IM
  • 2006 World Rankings: 39th, 400m free; 12th, 1500m free; 104th, 200m IM; 4th, 400m IM
  • National Titles: 400m Free (1): '98 SUM...400m IM (1): '01 SPG...1500m Free (6): '07 SUM, '06 SUM, '02 SUM, '01 SPG, '00 SUM, '98 SUM...800m Free (1): '07 SUM

Records

Holds AR in 1000y FR, set at 2008 CA Toyota So Cal Grand Prix...holds AR in 1500m FR (SCM), set at 2000 NCAA Champs...holds USO in 1500m FR, set at 2008 Missouri Grand Prix....holds USO in 1000y FR, set at 2008 CA Toyota So Cal Grand Prix

Additional Honors

  • General Accolades: 2006 USA Swimming Perseverance Award recipient...first American to break 15 minutes in 1500m free (lcm)
  • National Teams: Seven-time National A Team (1998, 00-04, 06)...two-time National B Team
  • (1997, 99)...1998 National Junior Team
  • All-Star Team: Four-time (1998, 01-02, 06)
  • Collegiate: High-point winner at the 2003 NCAA Championships...2002 NCAA Swimmer of the Year
  • High School: High school Hall of Fame...Massachusetts state champion

Personal

  • Parents: Bill and Kathy
  • Sibling(s): One sister: Allison
  • Started Swimming: At age 3..."We lived in Saudi Arabia, and it was the only thing to do."
  • Sports Played Before Swimming: Baseball
  • Hobbies Outside the Pool: Politics, travel, reading, movies, history, bowling, watching Boston sports teams
  • More: An avid Boston sports fan...he also lists boxer Rocky Marciano as his biggest sports hero...returned to the pool in April 2006 after retiring from competitive swimming after Athens...spent four months backpacking in Europe after the 2004 Games before moving to New York, where he taught swimming lessons to beginners...working with the kids gave him a new outlook on the sport...after the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, decided to give it another go, this time training at Club Wolverine
  • Favorites: U.S. city: Boston...international destination: Amsterdam...musician: Steve Earl...celebrity: David Ortiz of the Red Sox...summer activity: the beach...TV show: "Lost"...movie: "Braveheart"... usic: hip-hop