|Full name||Keith Cawthon Converse|
January 31, 1957 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||137 lb (62 kg)|
|Club||Mission Viejo Nadadores|
|College team||University of Alabama|
Keith Cawthon Converse (born September 21, 1957) is an American college swimming coach and former competition swimmer. He was one of the United States' pre-eminent distance swimmers during the 1970s, swimming at the 1976 Summer Olympics and setting a pair of NCAA records during his tenure at the University of Alabama. On March 26, 1977, while swimming for the Crimson Tide under head coach Don Gambril he set an NCAA record and became the first man in swimming history to break the 15-minute barrier in the mile on his way to winning the 1650 freestyle when he went 14:57.30 at the NCAA Championships in Cleveland, Ohio.
He also set the NCAA record in the 1000-yard freestyle during a dual meet at Auburn University. Prior to his record-shattering performances in 1977, Converse swam as a member of the 1976 U.S. Olympic Team as an 18-year old, placing ninth in the men's 400-meter freestyle.
He is currently the head women's swimming coach at the Air Force Academy.
- The 2011 University of Alabama Swimming and Diving Media Guide
- The 2010 Air Force Academy Athletics Website