Thomas Stachewicz

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Thomas Stachewicz
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Born 5 December 1965

Thomas 'Tom' Stachewicz, born in Germany (5 December 1965), is a former freestyle and backstroke swimmer,[1] who represented Australia at three Summer Olympics.

Stachewicz made his Olympic debut in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where he competed in the heats of the Men's 4x200m freestyle relay. The Australian 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay team recorded national records in both the preliminaries and final, finishing with a time of 7 minutes 25.63 seconds, 0.85 seconds behind third place Great Britain. Stachewicz swam the preliminary only at this meet.

At the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Stachewicz was part of the gold-medal-winning Men's 4x200m Freestyle relay team. He also won bronze in the Men's 200m Freestyle.

Later that year he competed in the World Swimming Championships in Madrid, where he was part of the 4x200m freestyle relay team which finished fourth.

In 1987 Stachewicz broke the Commonwealth record in the 200m freestyle at the NOK[clarification needed] International championship in East Berlin in a time of 1 minute 49.32 seconds being the first Australian to break the 1 minute 50 second mark.

At 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Stachewicz swam well below his best in the Men's 200 metre freestyle heats, qualifying only for the B Final, where he finished 3rd in 1 minute 50.83 seconds. He also competed in the individual Men's 50m and 100m freestyle events, winning the B Final in the 100m freestyle in 50.71 seconds. He led off the relay in the final of the 4 x 200 metre freestyle relay, recording a personal best of 1 minute 48.99 seconds. This time ranked him second all-time Australian in the 200 metre freestyle behind Duncan Armstrong's World record swim from earlier in the meet. The Australian team went on to record a national record of 7 minutes 15.23 seconds for their fourth place, 0.88 seconds behind the West German team in the bronze medal position.

At the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland Stachewicz was a member of the gold-medal-winning Men's 4x100m Freestyle relay and 4x200m freestyle relay teams. He was also a member of the bronze-medal-winning 4x200m medley relay team and won an individual bronze in the Men's 200m freestyle final in a time of 1 minute 49.98 seconds.

In 1991 he competed at the World Swimming Championships in Perth, Western Australia, where he came seventh in the Men's 100m backstroke.

Stachewicz then competed in the 4x100m Freestyle and 4x100m Medley relays at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona where the team finished 7th and 8th respectively. He also competed in the Men's 100m Backstroke, finishing 4th in his heat with a time of 57.03 seconds.

He was coach of the Mauritian Olympic team for the Sydney 2000 Summer Olympics and his career since then has included the post of Director of Swimming at All Saints' College, Perth.

In 2009 he was inducted into the Swimming Western Australia Hall of Fame.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tom Stachewicz". Sports Reference LLC.2009.