David Wharton

David Lee "Dave" Wharton (born May 19, 1969) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic medalist, and former world record-holder in two events. During his competition swimming career, Wharton set world records in both the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medley events.

David Wharton
Personal information
Full nameDavid Lee Wharton
National teamUnited States
Born (1969-05-19) May 19, 1969
Abington, Pennsylvania
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight174 lb (79 kg)
StrokesButterfly, individual medley
College teamUniversity of Southern California

Swimming career

Wharton achieved his first recognition in international swimming as an 18-year-old at the 1987 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Brisbane, Australia, where he won gold medals in both the 200- and 400-meter individual medley events. He was recognized as the American Swimmer of the Year, together with Janet Evans, by Swimming World Magazine in 1987.

Wharton represented the United States at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. He received a silver medal for his second-place performance in the men's 400-meter individual medley, in which he recorded a time of 4:17.36 in the event final. He also competed in the B Final of the men's 200-meter individual medley, finishing ninth overall with a time of 2:03.50.[1]

Wharton attended the University of Southern California (USC), where he swam for the USC Trojans swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Pacific-10 Conference competition from 1988 to 1991. While swimming for the Trojans, he was recognized as the Pac-10 Male Swimmer of the Year four consecutive years. He won three NCAA national championships in the 200-yard individual medley (1988–1990) and four more NCAA championships in the 400-yard individual medley (1988–1991).[2]

He repeated his performance at the 1989 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo, again winning gold medals in the 200- and 400-meter individual medley events, as well as a silver medal in the 200-meter butterfly.

At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, Wharton again competed in the men's 400-meter individual medley, bettering his 1988 Olympic time with a 4:17.26 and finishing fourth overall. He also swam in the men's 200-meter butterfly, advancing to the B Final and posting a time of 2:01.08.[1]

Life after swimming

Wharton, who was a longtime resident of Warminster, Pennsylvania[3], currently resides in New Albany, Ohio, and serves as the Parks and Recreation Director for the City of New Albany and coaches high school swim and dive team. [4]

See also


  1. Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill. "Dave Wharton". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on November 4, 2012. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  2. HickokSports.com, Sports History, NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Champions Archived 2002-02-23 at the Library of Congress Web Archives. Retrieved October 31, 2012.
  3. Dave Wharton Inducted into Bucks County Sports Hall of Fame
  4. "New Albany Ohio: Parks and Recreation Director Honored".

Preceded by
Tamás Darnyi
Men's 200-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)

August 20, 1989 – January 13, 1991
Succeeded by
Tamás Darnyi
Preceded by
Alex Baumann
Men's 400-meter individual medley
world record-holder (long course)

August 14, 1987 – August 19, 1987
Succeeded by
Tamás Darnyi

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