Tom Wilkens

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Tom Wilkens
Personal information
Full name Thomas Peter Wilkens
Nickname(s) "Tom"
National team  United States
Born (1975-11-25) November 25, 1975 (age 42)
Middletown Township, New Jersey
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 181 lb (82 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke, individual medley
Club Santa Clara Swim Club
College team Stanford University

Thomas Peter Wilkens (born November 25, 1975) is an American former competition swimmer and Olympic medalist.

Wilkens represented the United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He received a bronze medal for his third-place performance in the men's 200-meter individual medley, finishing with a time of 2:00.87. He also competed in the preliminary heats of the men's 200-meter breaststroke, but did not advance.[1] The breaststroker was one of the featured swimmers in P.H. Mullen's book Gold in the Water.

Wilkens grew up in Middletown Township, New Jersey, while swimming at the Middletown Swim and Tennis Club. He attended Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, and graduated from Stanford University.[2] He was elected as a Republican to serve as a Township Committeeman in Middletown Township.

See also[edit]


  1. ^, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Tom Wilkens. Retrieved November 6, 2012.
  2. ^ Frank Litsky, "Swimming: National Spring Championship; Wilkens Didn't Expect This Much Success," The New York Times (March 31, 1999). Retrieved June 13, 2011. "When Tom Wilkens was growing up in Middletown, N.J., and swimming for Christian Brothers Academy in nearby Lincroft, he never thought he would be ranked No. 1 in the world in a race that was not even his specialty."

External links[edit]

  • Tom Wilkens – Olympic athlete profile at