David Walters
David Walters
Personal information
Full name David Walters
Nickname(s) Que Tip
Nationality  United States
Born (1987-09-27) September 27, 1987
Yorktown, Virginia
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club Trojan Aquatics
College team University of Texas

David Walters (born September 27, 1987) is an American swimmer and Olympic gold medalist. He graduated from Tabb High School.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Walters earned a gold medal by swimming in the heats of the 4×200 m freestyle relay. As part of the American team, he holds the world record in the 4×100 m medley relay (long course). Walters is also a seven-time medalist (five gold, one silver, one bronze) at the World Aquatics Championships.

Career

2008 Summer Olympic Games

Walters swam the first leg of the 4×200 m freestyle preliminaries (in 1:46.57) with Ricky Berens, Erik Vendt, and Klete Keller. Their time of 7:04.66 broke the previous Olympic record of 7:07.05 set by Australia in 2000.[1] In the final of the 4×200 m freestyle, Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte, Berens, and Peter Vanderkaay, swam a combined time of 6:58.56, a new world record.[2]

2009 World Championships

At the 2009 National Championships, Walters competed in three events. In his first event, the 200 m freestyle, Walters placed second to Michael Phelps with a time of 1:44.95.[3] In the 100 m freestyle, Walters placed second to Nathan Adrian in a time of 48.17.[4] In the 50 m freestyle, Walters placed 15th in the heats with a time of 22.60.[5]

At the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome, Walters earned a gold medal as a member of the 4×200 m freestyle relay. Walters, with Michael Phelps, Ricky Berens, and Ryan Lochte swam a combined time of 6:58.55 to break the world record set last year in Beijing.[6] In the 100 m freestyle final, Walters placed 5th with a time of 47.33 to break Michael Phelps' American record of 47.51.[7] Walters placed 12th overall in the 200 m freestyle and did not advance to the final.[8] In the 4×100 m medley relay final, Walters, with Aaron Peirsol, Michael Phelps, and Eric Shanteau, swam a combined time of 3:27.28 to break the world record set last year in Beijing.[9]

Personal bests

As of August 6, 2010.
Event Time Venue Date Note(s)
50 m freestyle (long course) 22.60 Indianapolis July 9, 2009
100 m freestyle (long course) 47.33 Rome July 30, 2009 NR
200 m freestyle (long course) 1:44.95 Indianapolis July 8, 2009

Key: NR = National record

See also

References

  1. ^ "Swimming at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Round One". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Swimming at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games: Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay Final". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  3. ^ "2009 Conoco Phillips National Championships – Men's 200 m freestyle results (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  4. ^ "2009 Conoco Phillips National Championships – Men's 100 m freestyle results (final)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  5. ^ "2009 Conoco Phillips National Championships – Men's 50 m freestyle results (heats)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  6. ^ "US relay triumph sees Phelps collect third gold". American Free Press. 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  7. ^ Lisa Dillman (2009-07-31). "Ryan Lochte's world record is one of seven for the day". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-08-01. 
  8. ^ "13th FINA World Championships – Men's 200 m freestyle results (semifinals)". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2010-08-06. 
  9. ^ "United States Men Sweep Relays, Sets World Record in 400 Medley Relay". Swimming World Magazine. 2009-08-02. 

External links

  • USA Swimming athlete bio: David Walters
  • University of Texas bio: David Walters