Swimmer, Olympic athlete
1970 – 2006
Who was Eric Namesnik?
Namesnik was born and raised in the town of Butler, Pennsylvania, and swam for the Butler YMCA Swim team while he was growing up. After high school, he attended the University of Michigan, and swam for coach Jon Urbanchek's Michigan Wolverines swimming and diving team from 1989 to 1993. He later spent seven years as an assistant with the men's team there under Urbanchek. He then was a volunteer assistant coach at Eastern Michigan University for two years before his death and was a coach for Wolverine Aquatics in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Namesnik represented the United States at two consecutive Olympic Games. At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, he received his first Olympic medal, a silver, for his second-place performance in the men's 400-meter individual medley. Four years later at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, he again finished second and received a silver medal in his signature event, the men's 400-meter individual medley.
He also won a bronze medal in the 400-meter individual medley at the 1994 world championships, and two silvers at the 1991 world meet. He set a new American record in the 400-meter individual medley on four different occasions.
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