Brad Bridgewater

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Brad Bridgewater
Personal information
Full nameBradley Michael Bridgewater
National team United States
Born (1973-03-29) March 29, 1973 (age 46)
Charleston, West Virginia
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight185 lb (84 kg)
ClubTrojan Swim Club
College teamUniversity of Texas
University of Southern California

Bradley Michael Bridgewater (born March 29, 1973) is an American former competition swimmer who won the gold medal in the men's 200-meter backstroke at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Bridgewater attended Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Florida, and was coached by 1972 Olympic gold medalist Fred Tyler. In college, he swam for the Texas Longhorns swimming and diving team of the University of Texas from 1992 to 1994, then transferred to the University of Southern California (USC). Under Trojans coach Mark Schubert, Bridgewater earned 1995 and 1996 All-America honors in the 100- and 200-meter backstroke.

At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Bridgewater won the gold medal in men's 200-meter backstroke with a time of 1:58.54, beating fellow American and rival Tripp Schwenk by .45 seconds.

Bridgewater currently serves as vice-president for Dallas, Texas investment management firm PHH Investments.

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  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Brad Bridgewater". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2011-05-19.
  • Central Florida Olympians
  • Bridgewater: backstroke times since 1996