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Chad Carvin HOF
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 15, 2013
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Chad Carvin

Chad Carvin HOF
     As a sophomore, Chad shattered American, U.S. Open and NCAA meet records in both the 500 and 1650 yard freestyles- in a span of three days. He became the first American to win both distance events at the NCAA's since 1985 and the first person to hold American records in both events simultaneously since 1983. When he broke the American records in the 500 and 1650 free, he smashed two of the longest standing men's records in swimming. He won the 500 yard free at Pac-10 Championships that year and was named Pac-10 Conference and NCAA Swimmer of the Year. As a junior, Chad earned All-America honors with three second place finished at the NCAA's. These brought his All-American titles to 12. In 1996, Chad had to discontinue training after being diagnosed with cardio myopathy. He would return to water, however, and in 1997 he was selected U.S. Swimmer of the Year. He was the first man since Mark Spitz inj 1972, to win four individual titles in the U.S. Championships (400, 800, 1500 meter freestyle and the 400 IM). Chad competed for the United States in the 2000 Olympic Games and finished 6th in the 400 meter freestyle and won a silver medal for his participation in the 800 meter freestyle relay. At the time of his induction, Chad still held UA swimming records in the 500 yard freestyle and the 400 yard individual medley. 
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