Santa Clara's Olympic Connections

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Santa Clara OlympiansThe Olympics represent the spirit that is our community, our state, and our nation. We are proud to look back through the City of Santa Clara's history and find strong ties to the Olympics Games and the perseverance, honor and good sportsmanship that they embody. The Santa Clara Swim Club, with more athletes inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame than any club in the world, has developed 46 Olympians, 34 of them medalists. They have earned 51 Olympic gold medals, 17 Olympic silver medals and 11 Olympic bronze medals. These Olympians include Mark Spitz, Pablo Morales, Claudia Kolb, Don Schollander, Keena Rothhammer, Tom Wilkens and many more outstanding swimmers. A complete list of our Olympians is found below. Santa Clara is also proud to have played a role in the bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics in the San Francisco Bay area. Our International Swim Center was a proposed Olympic venue for swimming and diving.

The George F. Haines International Swim Center, considered by many to be the ‘crown jewel’ of our city, remains a premier swim meet location. Each year scores of elite athletes from all over the world converge on Santa Clara to participate in world-class competition, often posting record breaking times as swimmers head toward the Olympic Games. 16-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps set a world record here on June 29th, 2003 at the 36th Annual International Invitational Grand Prix Meet, with a time of 1:57.94 in the 200m Individual Medley. Since then, he has gone on to break both Meet Records and American Records at our facility almost every year. The International Swim Center is also the home of the world renowned Santa Clara Aquamaids, the most decorated synchronized swim team in the world. The Aquamaids have produced more than 58% of all the Olympic Synchronized Swimmers representing the USA since it became an Olympic sport back in 1952. In addition, the Santa Clara Diving Club, with its rich history of developing national caliber divers, continues to train athletes at our swim center.

Olympians with Santa Clara Affiliations

Year Olympian(s)
1928 Margaret Jenkins; Track & Field
1932 Margaret Jenkins; Track & Field
1960 George F. Haines, Head Coach Women’s Team
Christine Von Saltza; Swimming
Lynn Burke; Swimming
Steve Clark; Swimming
Paul Hait; Swimming
George Harrison; Swimming
Anne Warner; Swimming
Donna de Varona; Swimming
1964 George Haines, Assistant Men’s Coach
Don Schollander; Swimming
Sharon Finneran; Swimming
Dick Roth; Swimming
Gary Illman; Swimming
Ed Townsend; Swimming
Mike Wall; Swimming
Terri Stickles; Swimming
Lilian Pokey Watson; Swimming
Steve Clark; Swimming
Donna de Varona; Swimming
Claudia Kolb; Swimming
Wayne Anderson; Swimming
Judy Reeder; Swimming
1968 George F. Haines, Head Coach Men’s Team
Claudia Kolb; Swimming
Don Schollander; Swimming
Mark Spitz; Swimming
Brian Job; Swimming
Greg Buckingham; Swimming
Mitch Ivey; Swimming
Mike Wall; Swimming
Linda Gustavson; Swimming
Jan Henne; Swimming
Jane Swaggarty; Swimming
Lynn Vidali; Swimming
Pokey Watson; Swimming
Cathy Jamison; Swimming
Brent Berk; Swimming
Ray Rivero; Swimming
Suzy Jones; Swimming
1972 George F. Haines, Assistant Women’s Coach
Mark Spitz; Swimming
John Hencken; Swimming
Mitch Ivey; Swimming
Tom Bruce; Swimming
Keena Rothhammer; Swimming
Karen Moe; Swimming
Lynn Vidali; Swimming
Jenny Bartz; Swimmng
Jenny Wylie; Swimming
Brian Job; Swimming
1976 George F. Haines, Assistant Men’s Coach
John Hencken; Swimming
Joe Bottom; Swimming
Linda Jezek; Swimming
Karen Moe; Swimming
1980 Olympic Team (United States boycott)
George F. Haines selected to be Head Coach of both the Men’s and Women’s teams.
John Hencken; Swimming 
Mike Bottom; Swimming 
Linda Jezek; Swimming 
1984 George F. Haines, Men’s Assistant Coach
Pablo Morales; Swimming
Tom Jager; Swimming
1992 Pablo Morales; Swimming
Tom Jager; Swimming
1996 Brandi Chastain; Soccer
Suzannah Bianco; Synchronized Swimming
Becky Dyroen-Lancer; Synchronized Swimming
Heather Simmons-Carrasco; Synchronized Swimming
Jill Sudduth; Synchronized Swimming
Kurt Grote; Swimming
2000 Tom Wilkens; Swimming
2004 Alison Bartosik; Women's Duet Synchronized
Swimming, and Synchronized Swimming Team
Anna Kozlova; Women's Duet Synchronized
Swimming, and Synchronized Swimming Team
Tamara Crow; Synchronized Swimming Team
Erin Dobratz; Synchronized Swimming Team
Sara Lowe; Synchronized Swimming Team
Lauren McFall; Synchronized Swimming Team
Kendra Zanotto; Synchronized Swimming Team
Chris Carver, Coach; Synchronized Swimming Team

Tom WilkensTom Wilkens was a Bronze medalist in the 200 Individual Medley at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Tom was also the U.S. Swim Team Co-Captain at those Olympics. Tom was a Santa Clara resident, a graduate of Stanford University in 1998, and a four-year member of the Santa Clara Swim Club when he won his Olympic medal.

Tom was also a 12 time National Swim Champion and a 5 time NCAA Champion. Previously, he won Gold Medals at the Pan Pacific Games and the World University Games.




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