A former standout swimmer at the
DeMont, a four-year All-American, began his collegiate swimming career at the
DeMont is a former world record holder in the 1500m freestyle (1972), the 400m free (1973) and the 4x100 free relay (1977). He has collected numerous titles, including National, Pan-American, World and Olympic champion. Following his senior year in high school, he was named World Swimmer of the Year. DeMont also pioneered negative split swimming (swimming a faster second half of a race than the first).
At the 1972 Olympic Games, DeMont was stripped of a gold medal in the 400m freestyle, when it was discovered he had unknowingly taken asthma medication containing the banned drug ephedrine. The next year, at the World Championships in
Considered a world-renowned sprint freestyle coach, DeMont has been the subject of feature stories and up-and-coming swimming technique articles in numerous publications, such as Swimming World, Swim Technique and Splash magazines. In the late 1980s, DeMont was inducted into the World Swimming Hall of Fame. During his tenure with the UA program, he has coached an amazing 20 U.S. Swimming and NCAA individual national champions, as well as numerous national champion relay squads. In September of 1999, DeMont was inducted into the
DeMont, 50, is also an artist whose paintings have been shown in local and national galleries, and some of his work can be seen on the walls of offices in