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Further Personal Information

Date of birth
10 January 1989
195 cm
Partner Kelsey Merritt
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Higher education
Sport Management - University of Florida: Gainesville, FL, USA

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He first tried swimming at age two, and began competing at age seven.
Why this sport?
"My grandmother would take about 20 of her grandchildren to the pool every Sunday and she called us her swim team. My family was always around water and having fun."
Club / Team
Trojan Swim Club: United States
Training Regime
He undertakes a two-hour swimming session twice a day, in addition to one-and-a-half hours of weight and land training per day.

General Interest

Diddy (, 09 Aug 2016)
Hiking, paddle boarding, water skiing, wakeboarding, surfing, playing golf, socialising with friends, going to the beach, supporting the Chicago Cubs baseball team. (, 07 Aug 2016;, 30 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
His family. (, 30 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
His mother. (, 10 Nov 2016)
He underwent deviated septum [nose] surgery in 2014. (, 04 Nov 2014)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs
He listens to music before races. (, 10 Nov 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"You can never really dream too big. Just open up your mind and if you really do want it bad enough, you can achieve it through hard work." (, 19 Mar 2017)
Awards and honours
He was named the 2010 National Collegiate Athletic Association [NCAA] Male Swimmer of the Year in the United States of America. (Facebook page, 22 May 2017)

In 2009 and 2010 he was named the Southeastern Conference [SEC] Male Swimmer of the Year in the United States of America. (, 22 Feb 2011)

He won the Commissioner's Trophy for the High Point Award in 2009 and 2010. (, 26 Feb 2011)
Famous relatives
His mother Jeanne was an All-American swimmer at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL, United States of America. His partner Kelsey Merritt is a US-Filipino model. (, 07 Aug 2016; Instagram profile, 09 Dec 2018)
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 30 Jun 2017)