Tom Bruce

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Tom Bruce
Personal information
Full name Thomas Edwin Bruce
Nickname(s) "Tom"
National team  United States
Born (1952-04-17) April 17, 1952 (age 64)
Red Bluff, California
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 161 lb (73 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Club Santa Clara Swim Club
College team University of California, Los Angeles

Thomas Edwin Bruce (born April 17, 1952) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

Bruce is a graduate of Marian A. Peterson High School in Sunnyvale, California. He attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he swam for the UCLA Bruins swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition. He represented the United States at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany. At Munich, he won a silver medal in the men's 100-meter breaststroke, and also earned a gold medal swimming the breaststroke leg for the winning U.S. team in the men's 4×100-meter medley relay. Bruce, together with his relay teammates Mike Stamm (backstroke), Mark Spitz (butterfly) and Jerry Heidenreich (freestyle), set a new world record of 3:48.16.

See also[edit]


  • Tom Bruce – Olympic athlete profile at