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Michael Ray Barrowman (born December 4, 1968) is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic champion, and former world record-holder. Barrowman was one of the pioneers of the "wave-style" breaststroke technique. Prior to attending University of Michigan, he trained with Montgomery Square Copenhaver Swim Club and the Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club in Maryland.[1]

Mike Barrowman
Personal information
Full nameMichael Ray Barrowman
National teamUnited States
Born (1968-12-04) December 4, 1968 (age 50)
Asunción, Paraguay
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight165 lb (75 kg)
ClubCurl-Burke Swim Club
College teamUniversity of Michigan

He placed fourth in the 1988 Summer Olympics in the 200-meter breaststroke. He set a world record in the same event the following year at the USA Swimming Long Course National Championships with a time of 2:12.90.[1] The following year at the 1990 Goodwill Games he recorded a time of 2:11.53 and beat two other swimmers who also bested the previous world mark.[2] in 1991, he was named Champion of the World in the World Championships in Perth, Australia, winning the 200-meter breaststroke in world record time. At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, he won the gold medal in the same event in world record time. He later temporarily retired from swimming and took up competitive flatwater kayaking, competing at the U.S. Olympic Festival in 1995. He is now a banker, and part-time masters swim coach in the Cayman Islands, but had previously owned a film studio which created an award-winning underwater television program for children, "Under the Waves". Barrowman was known for his high consumption of hamburgers and French fries during his taper period just prior to a major meet, while he would maintain a strict diet during training season.

Barrowman attended the University of Michigan, and swam for the Michigan Wolverines swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Big Ten Conference competition.[3] He was named the Big 10 Athlete of the Year (all sports) in 1991. Between 1989 and 1991, he won three consecutive NCAA national championships in the 200-yard breaststroke, and was named NCAA Swimmer of the Year in 1990.[3][4] His NCAA record of 1:53.77 from 1990, would stand strong for eleven years, and was the oldest men's NCAA record in 2001, when it was broken by Brendan Hansen. Barrowman broke the world record in the 200-meter breaststroke six times, and held the world's record for over thirteen years; both achievements are world records in themselves.

He was named World Swimmer of the Year in 1989 and 1990 by Swimming World Magazine, and was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1997.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "CNN Sports provided by Bleacher Report -". Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  2. ^ Past Goodwill Games – 1990 and Seattle Archived 2012-02-24 at the Wayback Machine. Goodwill Games. Retrieved June 23, 2010.
  3. ^ a b, Men's Swimming & Diving, Michigan Men's Swimming and Diving All-Time NCAA Champions. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  4. ^, Sports History, NCAA Men's Swimming & Diving Champions Archived 2002-02-23 at the Library of Congress Web Archives. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  5. ^ International Swimming hall of Fame, Honorees, Mike Barrowman (USA). Retrieved March 14, 2015.

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Preceded by
Victor Davis
Men's 200-meter breaststroke
world record-holder (long course)

August 4, 1989 – October 2, 2002
(tied Nick Gillingham on August 19, 1989)
Succeeded by
Kosuke Kitajima
Preceded by
Matt Biondi
Swimming World
World Swimmer of the Year

Succeeded by
Tamás Darnyi