|Full name||Mark William Stockwell|
5 July 1963 |
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (194 lb)|
|College team||University of Florida|
Stockwell claimed a silver medal in the 100-metre freestyle behind American swimmer Rowdy Gaines after a controversial incident involving the starter. Gaines' coach, Richard Quick, was aware of starter Frank Silvestri's tendency to pull the trigger immediately as the swimmers mounted the blocks. Gaines managed to gain around a metre's start on the remainder of the unaware field, and this was enough, as he held Stockwell off to claim the gold by 0.44 of a second. Stockwell and the Australian Olympic Federation lodged an official protest, but to no avail.
Stockwell, along with teammates Greg Fasala, Neil Brooks and Michael Delany, picked up another silver medal in the 4x100-metre freestyle relay, just 0.63 of a second behind the world-record-breaking Americans. He also teamed up with Mark Kerry, Peter Evans and Glenn Buchanan, swimming the freestyle leg to win a bronze medal in the 4x100-metre medley relay.
By the time the 1986 Commonwealth Games were held in Edinburgh, Stockwell had fallen back from his feats in Los Angeles. He claimed the 100-metre freestyle silver behind Fasala, and a gold in the 4x100-metre relay. It was his last international competition for Australia.
Stockwell attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, United States, where he swam for coach Randy Reese's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition in 1985. While attending the university, he dated his future wife, Tracy Caulkins, who was also a Gator swimmer. He and Caulkins met in the warm-up pool at the 1984 Olympics. Stockwell was also an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.
Stockwell is currently on the coaching staff at St. Laurence's College in Brisbane
- Florida Gators
- List of Australian Olympic medalists in swimming
- List of Olympic medalists in swimming (men)
- List of University of Florida Olympians
- Andrews, Malcolm (2000). Australia at the Olympic Games. Sydney, New South Wales: ABC Books. p. 409. ISBN 0-7333-0884-8.