May 11, 1988 |
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg)|
|College team||University of Texas|
At the 2008 US Olympic trials, Spann won the 200m breaststroke in 2:09.97, earning a spot on the US Olympic Team roster. Spann also placed third in the 100m breaststroke at trials in 1:00.59. At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, Spann placed sixth overall in the 200m breaststroke in 2:09.76.
In September 2008, following the Olympics, Spann had surgery to remove a piece of bone that had broken off of his patella and embedded in his tendon. Previously diagnosed as tendonitis, Spann believes he sustained the injury in late 2007 or early 2008 during dryland weight training. Spann swam in a tri-meet for Texas against Michigan and Indiana only a few weeks after surgery. A second surgery followed in November to remove the bursa sac, which had swelled because he began swimming too soon after the first surgery, and to reshape the tendon, which had been frayed by the patella. Spann then developed a staph infection from the surgical wounds. He needed three more surgeries to fight the infection. Spann missed the rest of the 2008–09 NCAA season, his first with Texas after transferring from Michigan.
With only 45 days to train, and time for preparation, he competed at the 2009 USA Nationals and World Championships Trials. Spann placed fourth in both the 100m and 200m breaststrokes, narrowly missing the chance to compete at the World Championships in Rome, Italy.
Spann competed for Michigan from 2006–2008. While swimming for Michigan, Spann placed second in the 200y breaststroke and fourth in the 100y breaststroke at the 2008 NCAA Championships. Spann transferred to Texas in 2008, after his sophomore year. In his junior year at Texas, Spann placed 2nd in both the 100y and 200y breaststrokes at the 2010 NCAA Championships. He helped lead the Longhorns to a first place finish at the NCAA National Championship. Spann was elected to be one of three captains (alongside Jim Robertson and Bryan Collins) for the 2010-11 Texas Swimming and Diving team, placing runner-up at the NCAA National Championships.
Spann broke school records at two of the top swimming schools in the nation. At the University of Michigan, Spann broke the 100y breaststroke, 200y breaststroke, 200y medley relay and the 400y medley relay. At the University of Texas, Spann broke the 200y breaststroke team record previously held by Olympic gold medalist and World Record holder Brendan Hansen.
Spann's father, Scott Spann, Sr., is a six-time US swimming champion and won the bronze medal in the 200m individual medley at the 1979 Pan American Games. His sister, Alexi Spann, was the 200m breaststroke champion at the 2003 Pan American Games.
- "2008 US Olympic Team Trials results: Men's 200m breaststroke final". July 3, 2008.
- "2008 US Olympic Team Trials results: Men's 100m breaststroke final". June 30, 2008.
- "Men's 200m breaststroke final". August 14, 2008.
- "Scott Spann looking forward to new highs". March 13, 2009.
- "2009 USA Nationals results: Men's 100m breaststroke final". July 8, 2009.
- "2009 USA Nationals results: Men's 200m breaststroke final". July 11, 2009.
- USA Swimming athlete bio: Scott Spann
- NBC Olympics athlete bio: Scott Spann
- Texas Longhorns athlete bio: Scott Spann