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Scott Spann Jr

Background[]

  • Swimmer at Longhorn Aquatics (TXLA-TX)]]
  • in 2008 = 20 DOB: May 11, 1988
  • 6' 1" (185.4 cm)
  • Hometown = Austin, Texas
  • in 2008 resides in Austin, Texas
  • Coach = Eddie Reese, Bob Bowman
  • Wikipedia:Scott Spann Jr.
  • USA Swimming's media guide provided some source materials.

Career Highlights:[]

Earned a bronze medal in the 200m BR at the 2007 Pan American Games ... Had a dynamic year in 2005: took seventh in the 200m breast at both ConocoPhillips Summer Nationals and World Championship Trials … captured silver on the 400m medley relay and bronze in the 200m breast at Junior Pan Pacs; also took sixth in the 100m breast ... in 2004, placed eighth in the 200m breast at CP Summer Nationals

Pan Am Games[]

2007: Bronze, 200m BR

NCAA NCAA logo.png Championships[]

2007(Fr): 8, 200y BR; 9, 400y MR-R; 13, 100y BR; 17, 200y MR-R

NCAA NCAA logo.png Championships[]

2008(So): 2, 200y BR; 4, 100y BR; 4, 400y MR-R; 7, 200y MR-R

2007 World Rankings:[]

86th, 50m breast; 96th, 100m breast; 46th, 200m breast

2006 World Rankings:[]

97th, 100m breast; 84th, 200m breast

2005 World Rankings:[]

97th, 200m breast

Records:[]

Holds NAG (10 & under) in 100y BR, set at NAG Records

Details[]

National Teams: 2005 National Junior Team Collegiate: 2007 NCAA All-American High School: 2005-06 Texas High School Swimmer of the Year ... 2006 high school national champion in the 100y breast ... three-time 18-and-under national champion in the 100y and 200y breast. Age Group: Set 10&under NAG record in 100y breast in 1999

Personal:[]

High School: Westlake HS '06 College: Michigan '10 College Major: Mathematics

Ambitions, Aspirations, Goals, Dreams[]

Financial manager or swim coach

Family, Village, Community[]

Parents: Beth and Scott Spann ... Scott was an All-American and NCAA champion at Texas in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s; he held five American records and five world records and won a bronze medal at the 1979 Pan American Games Sibling(s): Older sister (Alexi) swims for Texas and won a gold medal at the 2003 Pan American Games ... older brother (Austin) attended Blinn College Started Swimming: At age 5 ... "I was born to swim." Sports Played Before Swimming: Baseball, soccer Nickname(s): Sonny ... "Mom named me Sonny at birth and I held it till I was in third grade." Pet(s): Has two dogs ... Sugar is a four-year-old White Lab and Bear is a two-year-old Toy Poodle Hobbies Outside the Pool: Playing video games Ultimate Way to Relax: Plaing video games, watching TV, taking a nap Most Influential Person: Parents and Coach Randy Reese because he is "always pushing and motivating me."

Training Notes[]

2008[]

Swims 9,000 meters/yards per day, 3 hours a day, 6 days a week More: Speaks French and Spanish Favorites: Movies: the Rocky Balboa series ... t.v. shows: South Park, Who's Line is it Anyway?

International Medals[]

2007 Pan American Games 2007: Bronze, 200m BR

Top Times[]

Event Best Year 100m BR 1:01.18 Jun 08 200m BR 2:11.35 Jun 08

2008[]

NCAA - 4 Final, 100y BR; 2 Final, 200y BR; t7 Final, 200y MED-R; t7 Final, 200y MED-R; t4 Final, 400y MED-R; t4 Final, 400y MED-R; t4 Final, 400y MED-R; t4 Final, 400y MED-R

2007[]

SUM NATS - 15 Final, 100m BR; 8 Final, 200m BR PAN AMS - 3 Final, 200m BR SCSC GP - 5 Final, 100m BR; 5 Final, 200m BR Namesnik GP - 2 Final, 100m BR; 2 Final, 200m BR

2006[]

US OPEN - 7 Final, 100m BR; 5 Final, 200m BR SUM NATS - 11 Final, 100m BR; 6 Final, 200m BR

2005[]

SUM NATS - 9 Final, 100m BR; 7 Final, 200m BR WC TRIALS - 12 Final, 100m BR; 7 Final, 200m BR

2004[]

US OPEN - 4 Final, 100m BR; 4 Final, 200m BR SUM NATS - 12 Final, 100m BR; 8 Final, 200m BR SPG NATS - 12 Final, 100m BR; 14 Final, 200m BR

  • United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States.svg swimming star in 2008, headed to the Olympics

Insights[]

About 20 journalists from Japan attended the 2008 United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States.svg Olympic Swim Trials. The Japanese were there in large part to track the progress of breaststroker Brendan Hansen, the rival of Japanese swimming star Kosuke Kitajima. Hansen, who because of the rivalry is far more famous in Japan (also known as JPN) Flag of Japan.svg than he is in the U.S., won the 100 breaststroke in Omaha, but shockingly, he faltered in his signature event, the 200 breast, finishing fourth as two of his Texas training partners, Scott Spann and Eric Shanteau, secured spots on the team. "I train with these guys every day," said Hansen, who lost an opportunity to win the individual gold medal that eluded him in Athens and reclaim his world record, which Kitajima broke last month. "Ultimately I might have trained them a little too well."

Details[]

From July 2008:[]

United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States.svg Coach, Eddie Reese: There have been a number of guys who have been right on (their lifetime bests). The winner of the 200 breaststroke at our Trials, Scott Spann, last week did three descending 100s on about 10 minutes rest and descended to his fastest 100-meter breaststroke time, and then today did the same thing and went even faster. In the last four months, he’s been the fastest improving swimmer in the breaststroke events in the country, maybe in the world. He just keeps improving, and we’re not going to stop him.

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