William Paulus

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William Paulus
Personal information
Full name William Paulus
National team  United States
Sport Swimming
Strokes Butterfly
College team University of Texas

William Paulus is an American former competition swimmer and world record-holder. In 1980, he qualified for the U.S. Olympic team; however, he did not attend the Olympics due to the United States-led boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. Paulus' times from the 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials would have won two gold medals at the 1980 Olympics. He held the 100-meter butterfly world record from 1981 to 1983.

Paulus grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and went to college at the University of Texas on a swimming scholarship in the early 1980s. While at Texas, he earned All-American honors from 1980 to 1983.[1] He was a five-time Southwest Conference champion in the 50-yard butterfly (1982, 1983); 100-yard butterfly (1980, 1983), and 200-yard butterfly (1980);[2] and was part of Texas's NCAA champion 4x100-yard medley relay teams in 1981 and 1982.[3]

After college, Paulus received his dental degree from Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas. His orthodontic residency was at Saint Louis University Medical Center. Paulus graduated with honors in June 1994 and immediately went into practice with his father, Peter Paulus, who has since retired. He is a Diplomate and board certified member of the American Association of Orthodontists.

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  1. ^ All-time list of Longhorn men's swimming All-Americans from the UT Athletics website. Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  2. ^ All-time list of men's swimming conference championships from the UT Athletics website (www.TexasSports.com). Retrieved 2009-06-19.
  3. ^ All-time list of Longhorn men's swimming NCAA Champions from the UT Athletics website (www.TexasSports.com). Retrieved 2009-06-19.

Preceded by
Pär Arvidsson
Men's 100-meter butterfly
world record-holder (long course)

April 3, 1981 – August 6, 1983
Succeeded by
Matt Gribble