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Mel Stewart

Full name: Melvin "Mel" Stewart (-Monroe)
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Born: November 16, 1968 in Gastonia, North Carolina, United States
Affiliations: Mercersburg Academy, Lancaster (USA) / Tennessee Volunteers, Knoxville (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 2 Gold, 1 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Mel Stewart was a butterfly specialist, with the 200 fly his best event. He swam in high school at Mercersburg Academy in Philadelphia, and then followed his high school coach to the University of Tennessee. While at Tennessee he won the NCAA title twice in the 200-yard butterfly. Stewart won US titles in the 200 fly 14 times, long- and short-course, a US record for a single event. He swam at the 1988 Olympics, placing fifth in the 200 fly, but by 1992 he was the best 200 butterfly swimmer in the world. He won the 200 fly at the 1987, 1989, and 1991 Pan Pacific Championships, at the 1991 World Championships, and capped it off with gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. In Barcelona, Stewart also won gold in the medley relay, and a bronze in the 4x200 free relay. He set one world record in the 200 fly, at the 1991 Worlds. He was, unusually, a side-breather in his butterfly stroke.

Stewart later entered the entertainment world, appearing in several films and on ESPN’s show “American Outback.” He also wrote several screenplays. Stewart co-founded and produced the website, www.swimswam.com, and his company, Gold Medal Media, LLC, produced and directed commercials.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming Men's 200 metres Butterfly United States USA 5
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay United States USA 3 Bronze
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming Men's 100 metres Butterfly United States USA 5
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming Men's 200 metres Butterfly United States USA 1 Gold
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold

Men's 4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 1cT ET ER
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming United States USA Final 3 1:48.41 24.80 51.84 3:37.93 4

Men's 100 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 50-100m
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming United States Final 5 54.04 25.62 7 28.42 (3)
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming United States Round One Heat Seven 2 Q 54.26 25.68 5 28.58 (2)

Men's 200 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 5dT 5dR 1cT 1cR 1.5cT 1.5cR 50-100m 100-150m 150-200m
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming United States Final 5 1:59.19 26.69 3 57.00 4 1:27.50 3 30.31 (5) 30.50 (2) 31.69 (7)
1988 Summer 19 Seoul Swimming United States Round One Heat Six 2 Q 1:59.78 26.74 3 56.94 3 1:27.62 2 30.20 (3) 30.68 (3) 32.16 (=3)
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming United States Final 1 OR 1:56.26 25.97 1 55.32 1 1:25.32 1 29.35 (1) 30.00 (1) 30.94 (7)
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming United States Round One Heat Seven 1 Q 1:56.99 26.09 1 55.63 1 1:25.92 1 29.54 (1) 30.29 (1) 31.07 (1)

Men's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T 5dT ET ER
1992 Summer 23 Barcelona Swimming United States USA Round One Heat Three 1 54.34 25.51 2:51.18 1
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