Whitney Hedgepeth

Whitney Lynn Hedgepeth (born March 19, 1971) is an American former competition swimmer who won a gold and two silver medals at the 1996 Summer Olympics.

Whitney Hedgepeth
Personal information
Full nameWhitney Lynn Hedgepeth
National teamUnited States
Born (1971-03-19) March 19, 1971 (age 48)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight141 lb (64 kg)
StrokesFreestyle, backstroke, medley
ClubTexas Aquatics
College teamUniversity of Florida
University of Texas

Hedgepeth was born in Charlottesville, Virginia.[1] She reached the Olympic level as a swimmer for the Virginia Association for Competitive Swimming (VACS) under coach Dudley Duncan. Many Virginia Swimming LSC Records remain hers, over two decades later.

Hedgepeth initially attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she competed for coach Randy Reese's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in 1989–90.[2] As a Gator swimmer, she won two NCAA national championships: the individual 200-meter freestyle, and as a member of the Gators' winning team in the 4×100-meter medley relay.[2] She received seven All-American honors from her performance at the 1990 NCAA championships.[2] Following her freshman year, she transferred to the University of Texas in Austin, Texas, and finished her NCAA career swimming for coach Jill Sterkel's Texas Longhorns swimming and diving team from 1992 to 1994.[3] As a Texas Longhorn swimmer, she won three more NCAA national championships and received another twenty All-American honors, for a career total of twenty-seven.[3]

She competed in the 200-meter individual medley at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, finishing eighth in the final. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, Hedgepeth won individual silver medals in the 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter backstroke events, and a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. relay team in the women's 4×100-meter medley relay event.[4]

Hedgepeth retired from competition swimming after the Atlanta Games, and became a swimming coach with Longhorn Aquatics in Austin. Since 2005, she was the masters' coach of the Longhorn Aquatics program. In 2013, she was honored as the Speedo U.S. Masters Swimming Coach of the Year.

She was inducted into the University of Texas' Longhorns Hall of Honor in 2007.[5]

In 2010, Hedgepeth was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.[6]

Hedgepeth's daughter, Dakota Luther, swam at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships, and placed 15th in the 200 m butterfly.

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  1. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Whitney Hedgepeth. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Florida Swimming & Diving 2011–12 Media Supplement Archived 2013-05-21 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 61, 62, 64, 67, 69, 79 (2011). Retrieved July 9, 2012.
  3. ^ a b 2009–10 Texas Swimming and Diving, University of Texas, Austin, Texas, pp. 66, 68–69, 75, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 83 (2009). Retrieved July 8, 2012.
  4. ^ databaseOlympics, Athletes, Whitney Hedgepeth Archived 2007-03-11 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  5. ^ TexasSports.com, Texas Longhorns Women's Hall of Honor, Whitney Hedgepeth. Retrieved July 7, 2012.
  6. ^ Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, Inductees, Whitney Hedgepeth. Retrieved November 20, 2014.