Mike Heath (swimmer)

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Michael Heath
Personal information
Full name Michael Steward Heath
Nickname(s) "Mike"
Nationality United States
Born (1964-04-09) April 9, 1964 (age 50)
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 Heath (born April 9, 1964) is an American former competition swimmer and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Early years[edit]

Heath was born in McAllen, Texas.[1] He is the son of Edward W. Heath and Elizabeth C. Heath, and is the youngest of four children.

College career[edit]

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. He 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[edit]

At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California, Heath earned two gold medals as a member of the winning U.S. teams in the men's 4×100-meter freestyle relay and the men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay. He also won the silver medal with a second-place finish in the individual 200-meter freestyle event.[1]

Life after swimming[edit]

Heath was employed as the head coach of the Beaches Aquatic Club swim team in Jacksonville before moving to Fleming Island due to a change of occupation. He temporarily was an assistant coach with the Spartan Aquatic Club in Orange Park, Florida, and now works as a Florida Fish and Wildlife Officer in Clay County, Florida. He is married to the former Sherri-Lee Schricker, whom he met on the Florida Gators swim team in college at the University of Florida. They have two children.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  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.