Stephen Rerych

Stephen Karl "Steve" Rerych (born May 14, 1946) is an American former swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder.

Stephen Rerych
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Full nameStephen Karl Rerych
National teamUnited States
Born (1946-05-14) May 14, 1946
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Height6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Weight201 lb (91 kg)
College teamNorth Carolina State University

At the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Rerych won two gold medals. He swam the second leg for the winning U.S. team in the men's 4×100-meter freestyle relay; with relay teammates Zac Zorn, Mark Spitz and Ken Walsh, he helped set a new world record of 3:31.7 in the event final. He received another gold medal as a member of the first-place U.S. team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, together with teammates John Nelson, Spitz and Don Schollander. Individually, he also competed in the preliminary heats of the men's 200-meter freestyle, clocking a time of 2:00.6, but did not advance.

He later went on to become a general surgeon. Rerych received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1974. In 1975, he completed his internship at Duke University Medical Center in general and thoracic surgery. In 1986, Rerych was named the Chief Resident in General, Vascular and Thoracic Surgery at Duke University and the Veteran's Medical Center in Asheville, North Carolina. In 1990 he had his first and only child, Stephanie Rerych. In 1991, he served as an assistant clinical professor of general, vascular and thoracic surgery at the same institutions. Prior to moving to West Virginia, he was in private practice as a general, thoracic and plastic surgeon in Asheville, practicing at Memorial Mission Hospital and St. Joseph's Hospital (now combined as The Mission St. Joseph's Health System).

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