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Cullen Jones at USA Capital working with the USA Swimming Foundation.


  • Swimmer at Mecklenburg Aquatic Club (MAC-NC)]]
  • in 2008 = 24 DOB: Feb 29, 1984
  • 6' 5" (195.6 cm)
  • Hometown = Irvington, N.J.
  • former resident of The Bronx, N.Y.
  • Coach = David Marsh

Career Highlights:

2007 world champion as a member of the men's 400m Freestyle relay ... captured silver in the 50m free at the 2007 World Champs ... captured gold in championship-record time in the 50m free and was a part of the 400m free relay that set the world record at the 2006 Pan Pacs ... became the first African-American swimmer to break a long-course world record ... captured his first U.S. national title in the 50m free at the 2006 Nationals ... silver medalist in the 50m free at the 2006 SC World Champs, setting the championship record in the semis

World Championships

2007: Gold, 400m FR-R; Silver, 50m FR

Pan Pacs:

2006: Gold, 50m FR(CR) & 400m FR-R(WR); 9, 100m FR

World University Games:

2005: Gold, 50m FR (8th-fastest time ever by an American at the time) Duel in the Pool History: 2007: Gold, 50m FR; Bronze 100m FR

2007 World Rankings:

3rd, 50m free; 43rd, 100m free

2006 World Rankings:

1st, 50m free; 16th, 100m free

2005 World Rankings:

10th, 50m free


Holds WR in 400m FR-R, set at 2006 Pan Pacific Champs ... Holds (United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States.svg / American Record) in 400m FR-R, set at 2006 Pan Pacific Champs

United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States.svg Swim Titles

50m Free (1): '06 SUM


General Accolades: 2006 USA Swimming Breakout Performer of the Year and Relay Performance of the Year (Pan Pac 400m free relay) National Teams: 2006 National A Team ... 2005 National B Team All-Star Team:



High School: St. Benedict’s Prep '02 College: NC State '06 College Major: English (with minor in Psychology)


Ambitions, Aspirations, Goals, Dreams

Write for a men’s fashion magazine, such as "GQ"

Family, Village, Community

Parents: Ronald and Debra … Ronald (deceased) played basketball at a small college in the Bronx, and Debra was a dancer … Ronald died of lung cancer in 2000 when Cullen was 16 Notable Relative(s): Distant relative (Rodney Wallace) was a former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Started Swimming: Age 8 Sports Played Before Swimming: Gymnastics, basketball Nickname(s): CJ, Nova Pet(s): One dog (Charlie) Hobbies Outside the Pool: Video games, watching movies, dancing Ultimate Way to Relax: Watch a movie, play some video games and fall asleep Most Influential Person: Late father Ronald and coach Ed Nessel ... role model: "My parents because they woke me up for practice in the morning; that's brave!" Charities: Ronald Jones Foundation Sponsor(s): Nike, Toyota "Engines of Change"

Training Notes


Along with his community work, Jones continues to train and is preparing for this summer's world championships in Rome. He joined Olympic teammate Michael Phelps at the Charlotte Ultraswim in May 2009.

"I'm definitely shooting for the worlds," Jones said. "I swam against Michael this past weekend and it went really well. I switched up my stroke a little bit to more of a straight arm stroke and I'm really excited for worlds."


Swims 8,000 meters/yards per day, 5-6 hours a day, 6 days a week More: Is working with "Do Tell Productions" on a documentary about the Flahery Dolphins, a team from Boston that is made up mostly of kids of color ... the film will follow the lives a few swimmers on the team, in addition to Jones' journey to the 2008 Olympic Games

International Medals

2007 World Championships 2007: Gold, 400m FR-R; Silver, 50m FR 2007 Duel in The Pool 2007: Bronze, 100m FR; Gold, 50m FR 2006 SC World Champs 2006: Bronze, 400m FR-R (Short Course Meters) (pr) 2006 Pan Pacific Champs 2006: Gold, 400m FR-R (WR)

Top Times

Event Best Year 50m FR 21.82 Jul 07 100m FR 49.17 Aug 06


Ultraswim GP - t1 Final, 50m FR; t1 Final, 100m FR; 1 Final, 400m MED-R


SCY NATS - t8 Final, 50y FR 07 ULTRA GP - 4 Final, 50m FR MoO DiP - 1 Final, 50m FR; t3 Final, 100m FR WORLD - 2 Final, 50m FR; 1 Final, 400m FR-R


US OPEN - 1 Final, 50m FR; 2 Final, 100m FR PAN PAC - 1 Final, 50m FR; 9 Final, 100m FR; 1 Final, 400m FR-R (WR); 1 Final, 400m FR-R (United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States.svg / American Record) SC WORLD - 1 Semi, 50m FR (Short Course Meters); 2 Final, 50m FR (Short Course Meters) NCAA - 1 Final, 50y FR


US OPEN - 2 Final, 50m FR; 6 Final, 100m FR WC TRIALS - 5 Final, 50m FR