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Background[]

  • Swimmer at Longhorn Aquatics (TXLA-TX)]]
  • in 2008 = 31 DOB: Jun 25, 1976
  • 6' 5" (195.6 cm) 190 lbs (86.2 kg)
  • Hometown = Verona, Wis.
  • in 2008 resides in Austin, Texas
  • former resident of Madison, Wis.
  • Coach = Eddie Reese
  • Wikipedia:Neil Walker
  • USA Swimming's media guide provided some source materials.

Career Highlights:[]

Swam on the gold-medal 400m free relay competing in his fifth World Championships in 2007 ... earned bronze in the 400m free relay and gold swimming prelims on the 400m medley relay at 2004 Olympic Games … Set a world record with the 400m FR-R team at 2006 Pan Pacs ... also won gold as part of the American-record setting 400m free relay team at ====2004==== Short Course World Championships … owns eight U.S. National titles

Olympics:[]

2004: Gold, 400m MR(pr); Bronze, 400m FR-R ... 2000: Gold, 400m MR(pr); Silver, 400m FR-R

World Championships[]

2007: Gold, 400 FR-R ... 2005: Gold, 400m FR-R & 400m MR(pr) ... 2003: Gold, 400m MR-R(pr); Silver, 400m FR-R ... 2001: no medals ... 1998: Gold, 400m FR-R; Silver, 400m MR-R

Pan Pacs:[]

2006: Gold, 400m FR-R(WR); 6, 100m FR ... 1999: Gold, 400m MR; Silver, 100m FR & 400m FR-R ... 1997: Gold, 100m FL(United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States.svg / American Record) & 400m FR-R & 400m MR; Silver, 100m FR & 100m BK

Short Course Worlds[]

Became the third man in history (Mark Spitz and Matt Biondi were the first two), to win seven medals at a major international competition when he won five gold and two silver medals at the 2000 Short Course World Championships

Duel in the Pool History:

2007: Gold, 400m FR-R; 5, 50m FR

2007 World Rankings:[]

52nd, 50m free; 17th, 100m free

2006 World Rankings:[]

27th, 50m free; 19th, 100m free; 118th, 100m back

2005 World Rankings:[]

32nd, 50m free; 26th, 100m free

Records:[]

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 ... Holds (United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States.svg / American Record) in 400y MED-R, set at 2006 ST American SC Champs ... Holds (United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States.svg / American Record) in 200y MED-R, set at 2006 ST American SC Champs

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

100m Fly (1): '97 SUM 100m Back (1): '00 SPG 100m Free (3): '00 SUM, '00 SPG, '96 SUM 50m Free (3): '03 SUM, '03 SPG, '00 SPG

Details[]

National Teams: Four-time National A Team (1997-00) … four-time National B Team (1996, 01, 03, 06) All-Star Team: Three-time (1997, 99-00) Meet Honors: 2000 Short Course World Championships Performer of the Meet ... 1997 Phillips Performance of the Year award Collegiate: 1997 NCAA Swimmer of the Year … led Texas to men’s NCAA team title in 1996

Personal:[]

High School: Verona HS ’94 College: Texas '99 College Major: Liberal Arts Job Outside of Swimming: Coach for Longhorn Aquatics

Family, Village, Community[]

Parents: Robert and Barbara … father is a retired lab technician, and mother is a retired nurse Spouse: Married April (Ryan) Walker September 15, 2001 ... she is a nurse Sibling(s): Two older brothers (Brent and Gregg) Sports Played Before Swimming: Soccer, t-ball, hockey Pet(s): One cat (Cleo) … he has had him since 1995 Hobbies Outside the Pool: Fishing, being outdoors

Splash:[]

Two-time Olympian (2004, 2000) Four Olympic Medals (2g, 1s, 1b) Five-time World Championship team member (2005, 2003, 2001, 1998) Six World medals (4g, 2s)

International Medals[]

2007 World Championships 2007: Gold, 400m FR-R 2006 Pan Pacific Champs 2006: Gold, 400m FR-R (WR) 2005 World Championships 2005: Gold, 400m FR-R; Gold, 400m MED-R (pr) 2004 Olympic Games 2004: Gold, 400m MED-R (pr); Bronze, 400m FR-R 2003 World Champs 2003: Silver, 400m FR-R; Gold, 400m MED-R (pr)

Top Times[]

Event 50m FR 100m FR Best 22.05 48.55 Year Aug 00 Aug 00

2008 Swimvitational - 7 Final, 50m FR; t6 Final, 100m FR; 16 Final, 200m FR 2007 MoO DiP - 6 Final, 50m FR WORLD - 1 Final, 400m FR-R

2006[]

PAN PAC - 6 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) SUM NATS - t4 Final, 50m FR; 2 Final, 100m FR

2005[]

SUM NATS - 4 Final, 100m FR MoO DiP - 2 Final, 100m FR WORLD - 1 Prelim, 400m FR-R; 1 Final, 400m FR-R; 1 Final(pr), 400m MED-R WC TRIALS - 6 Final, 50m FR; 5 Final, 100m FR

2004[]

OLY - 3 Final, 400m FR-R; 1 Final(pr), 400m MED-R OLY TRIALS - 14 Final, 50m FR; 4 Final, 100m FR SPG NATS - t6 Final, 50m FR; 5 Final, 100m FR; 5 Final, 100m BK

2003[]

SUM NATS - 1 Final, 50m FR; t2 Final, 100m FR; 5 Final, 100m BK WORLD - 2 Final, 400m FR-R MoO DiP - 3 Final, 50m FR; 1 Final, 100m FR SPG NATS - 1 Final, 50m FR; 2 Final, 100m FR; 2 Final, 100m BK

2002[]

US Open - 1 Final, 50m FR; 1 Final, 100m FR; 2 Final, 100m BK SUM NATS - 7 Final, 50m FR; 5 Final, 100m FR; 5 Final, 100m BK; 8 Final, 100m FL SPG NATS - 4 Final, 50m FR

Personal:[]

(continued) Ultimate Way to Relax: Fishing, sleeping Most Influential Person: Randy Trowbridge, club coach, and Eddie Reese, college coach, because of “the direction and advice they’ve given me over the years. They pushed me even when I didn’t want to be pushed" ... Grandfather, because "He's 96 years old and he still goes to work."

Sponsor(s): Speedo

Training Notes[]

2008[]

Swims 10,000 meters/yards per day, 2-4 hours a day, 6 days a week More: Became the third man in history (Mark Spitz and Matt Biondi were the first two), to win seven medals at a major international competition when he won five gold and two silver medals at the 2000 Short Course World Championships ... became the second man in history, joining Biondi (1986), to qualify for World Championships in four individual events when he did it in 1997 Favorites: U.S. city: Austin, Texas ... int'l destination: Cayman Islands ... band: Led Zeppelin ... movie: A River Runs Through It ... t.v. show: Seinfeld ... summer activity: fishing

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