Frank Heckl

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Frank Heckl
Personal information
Full name Frank Heckl
National team  United States
Born c. 1950
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, butterfly
College team University of Southern California

Frank Heckl (born c. 1950) is an American former competition swimmer, seven-time Pan American Games medalist, and former world record-holder in two relay events.

At the 1971 Pan American Games in Cali, Colombia, Heckl won a remarkable seven medals, six of them gold and one silver. His gold medal performances included three individual races: the 100- and 200-meter freestyle, and 100-meter butterfly (56.92); and three relay races: the 4x100-meter freestyle (3:32.15), 4x200-meter freestyle (7:45.82), and 4x100-meter medley (3:56.08). He also won a silver medal in the 200-meter medley (2:12.11).[1][2]

Heckl attended the University of Southern California (USC), where he swam for the USC Trojans swimming and diving team from 1969 to 1972. As Trojan swimmer, he was a member of seven NCAA championship relay teams.[3]

Heckl subsequently graduated from USC with his bachelor's and medical degrees, and has served as a team doctor for the U.S. national team, including the 1984 Olympics. As of 2015, he works in New Mexico as an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and arthroscopy.[4]

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  1. ^ Steven Olderr, The Pan American Games: A Statistical History, 1951–1999, McFarland & Company, Inc., Jefferson, North Carolina, pp. 237–245 (2009). Retrieved August 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Medalists" (PDF). International Swimming Hall of Fame. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-10. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  3. ^ "USC" (PDF). USC Trojans. Retrieved August 20, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Frank Heckl, MD". New Mexico Orthopaedics. Retrieved August 20, 2015.