Andy Strenk

Andrew Edward "Andy" Strenk (born July 7, 1949) is an American former competition swimmer and Pan American Games medalist.

Andy Strenk
Personal information
Full nameAndrew Edward Strenk
National teamUnited States
Born (1949-07-07) July 7, 1949
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg)
ClubLos Angeles Athletic Club
College teamUniversity of Southern California

Strenk represented the United States at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City.[1] He swam for the gold medal-winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the men's 4×200-meter freestyle relay.[1][2] He did not receive a medal, however; under the 1968 international swimming rules, only those relay swimmers who swam in the event final were eligible to receive a medal.

Prior to the 1968 Olympics, Strenk was a member of the U.S. national team assembled for the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, where he won a bronze medal in the men's 1,500-meter freestyle with a time of 17:03.43.[3] After the Olympics, he was a gold medalist in the men's 400-meter freestyle, 1,500-meter freestyle, and 4×200-meter freestyle relay at the 1970 World University Games held in Turin, Italy.

Strenk attended the University of Southern California, where he swam for the USC Trojans swimming and diving team. He graduated from Southern Cal with his bachelor's degree and Phi Beta Kappa honors in 1971, and earned a master's degree from the University of Würzburg in 1975.[4] He later returned to Southern Cal and completed his doctorate in European history, and served as a lecturer at his alma mater.[4]

Strenk has lectured and written on the impact of international sports on politics and international relations.[4] He served as the historian of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee for the 1984 Summer Olympics.[5] He now works as an international business and development consultant and is a principal in Strategic Planning Concepts International.[4]

See also


  1., Olympic Sports, Athletes, Andrew Strenk. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  2., Olympic Sports, United States Swimming at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games. Retrieved January 27, 2013.
  3., Sports History, Pan American Games: Men's Swimming Medalists Archived 2012-12-05 at Retrieved October 21, 2012.
  4. Strategic Planning Concepts International, About Us Archived 2012-11-11 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  5. Marshall Ingwerson, "The Further Politicization of the Olympics Games," The Palm Beach Post, p. A19 (October 15, 1983). Retrieved September 24, 2012.
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Andrew Strenk". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.
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