Bobby Hackett (swimmer)

Robert William Hackett, Jr. (born August 16, 1959) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder. He represented the United States at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec as a 16-year-old, where he won a silver medal in the men's 1500-meter freestyle, finishing behind U.S. teammate Brian Goodell.[1]

Bobby Hackett
Personal information
Full nameRobert William Hackett, Jr.
National teamUnited States
Born (1959-08-15) August 15, 1959
Yonkers, New York
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight183 lb (83 kg)
ClubBernal's Gator Swim Club
College teamHarvard University

He was trained by coach Joe Bernal. Bernal, the former head coach of Bernal's Gator Swim Club in Boston, Massachusetts, was known to have given Hackett 100 x 100 yard sets on the 1:00 interval. Hackett still holds one of the oldest National Age Group records, a 15:03.91 in the 1,500-meter freestyle (long-course meters). He set the record by shattering the previous record at the 1976 Olympics.

Currently, Hackett is living and working in the New York metro area, near where he grew up. He has made a living in commercial real estate and is volunteer coaching with the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Westchester Marlins.[2]

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Preceded by
Stephen Holland
Men's 800-meter freestyle
world record-holder (long course)

June 21, 1976 – March 23, 1979
Succeeded by
Vladimir Salnikov

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