Shanteau in 2009
|Full name||Eric Lee Shanteau|
|National team||United States|
October 1, 1983 |
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||176 lb (80 kg)|
|College team||Auburn University|
Eric Lee Shanteau (born October 1, 1983) is an American former competition swimmer who won two gold medals as a member of winning United States relay teams at the World Championships. He was a member of the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams, and earned a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in the 4×100-meter medley relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Shanteau also holds the world record as a member of the U.S. 4×100-meter medley relay team that competed at the 2009 FINA World Championship in Rome.
Shanteau was born in Snellville, Georgia. He attended Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia, where he became a national swimming champion while maintaining a perfect 4.0 grade point average (GPA).
He attended Auburn University, where he was an 11-time All-American for the Auburn Tigers swimming and diving team. At the 2003 World University Games, Shanteau won the silver medal in the 400-meter individual medley. At the 2005 World University Games, Shanteau won gold in both the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medley, making him the first American to sweep both events.
At the 2004 United States Olympic Trials in Long Beach, California, Shanteau placed third in the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medley events, just missing a place on the Olympic roster in both events. Shanteau also placed eleventh in the 200-meter breaststroke.
Cancer diagnosis and 2008 Olympic Games
On July 3, 2008, Shanteau placed second in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials, guaranteeing himself a spot on the team set to compete in Beijing, China. The week before, Shanteau was informed that he had testicular cancer, but chose to compete in the meet regardless. He competed in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where, despite missing the finals by thirteen one-hundredths (0.13) of a second, he posted a personal best time. After returning to the United States, he underwent surgery to remove the cancerous testicle. Shanteau is now in remission and active in cancer awareness.
At the 2009 U.S. National Championships and World Championship Trials in Indianapolis, Indiana, Shanteau placed second to Mark Gangloff in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 59.45. In the 200-meter individual medley, Shanteau placed second to Ryan Lochte with a time of 1:56.00, making him the third fastest performer ever in that event. Shanteau won the 200-meter breaststroke final in 2:08.01, breaking his own American record he set in the preliminaries of the meet. All of Shanteau's final times in Indianapolis were personal bests, and he qualified to swim all three of his individual events at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome.
At the World Championships in Rome, Shanteau placed second in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:07.65), third in the 200-meter individual medley (1:55.36), and fourth in the 100-meter breaststroke (58.98). Shanteau was also part of the U.S. 4×100-meter medley relay team Aaron Peirsol, Michael Phelps and David Walters, which won the gold medal in a new world record of 3:27.28.
2012 Olympic Games
At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, the qualifying event for the U.S. Olympic team, Shanteau made the U.S. Olympic team by finishing second in the 100-meter breaststroke. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, he placed fourth in the second semi-final of the 100-meter breaststroke and did not advance to the final. He earned a gold medal by swimming the breaststroke leg for the winning U.S. team in the preliminaries of the 4×100-meter medley relay.
|Long course meters|
|Breaststroke||100 m||58.96 AR||July 26, 2009|
|Breaststroke||200 m||2:07.42 AR||July 30, 2009|
|Medley||200 m||1:55.36||July 30, 2009|
|Medley||400 m||4:14.33||August 1, 2006|
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- Matt Dickinson (August 13, 2008). "Cancer can wait, says swimmer Eric Shanteau". London: Times Online.
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- 2009 Conoco Phillips National Championships results: Men's 200m breaststroke final
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- "2009 World Championships results: Men's 4×100m medley relay final" (PDF). August 2, 2009.
- Eric Shanteau – National Team swimmer profile at USASwimming.org