A true champion, in the 1976 Montreal Olympics Jim was the first man
ever to break 50 seconds in the 100-meter freestyle. Breaking this
barrier was equivalent to Roger Bannister’s four minute mile in track.
Jim won two more golds and a bronze in the 1976 Olympics, but his
record as king of the World Championships is still more phenomenal. He
won a record five golds in the first World Championships at Belgrade in
1973 and repeated with four golds, a silver and a bronze in Cali 1975
and Berlin 1978.
After his retirement from college and USA swimming Jim went on to
win 14 Masters World Championships from 1986 to 2002. Jim began
competing in ocean races in the 1980s and in 1986 won the 2.4-mile
Waikiki Roughwater Swim.
Since 1981, Jim has developed the Masters swim concept and is currently co-owner of the Dallas Aquatic Masters Swim Club, one of the top adult fitness exercise programs in the country. There he teaches all swimming levels from beginner to competitor, and has developed a class proven to help fearful students overcome their fear of water.
Since 1998, Jim has served as aquatics director and head varsity
swim coach at Greenhill School in Dallas, Texas. A great motivational
speaker and author, Jim is available for public speaking engagements and workshops . His book Mastering Swimming - Faster Swimming for the Masters Athlete is considered the ultimate swimming guide for masters athletes. Read more about Mastering Swimming.
Jim grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, and attended Madison East High
School where he won six state championships in swimming. He went on to
swim for James "Doc" Counsilman at Indiana University where he graduated
with honors from the IU School of Business. His senior year he was
awarded the Belfour award as the top student athlete in the Big Ten
Conference. Jim currently lives in Dallas, Texas, with wife Diane and is
father to five children: Taylor, Chase, Ann, Ellis and Beau.