Ken Merten grew up in
Los Angeles, but has resided in Dallas, Texas since attending Southern
Methodist University and graduating in 1968.
He was a member of
the 1968 Olympic team in Mexico City, competing in both the 100 and 200 m
Ken first established
his national prominence in 1963 by winning his first of ten National
Championships and qualifying for the 1963 Pan American Games in Sao Paulo,
Brazil where he won a silver medal in the 200 meter Breaststroke. Four years later, he won two bronze medals in
the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada in the 100 & 200 meter
Also in 1967, Ken won
three gold medals in the FISU Games (World University Games) in Tokyo Japan in
both breaststroke events and the 400 Medley Relay. The relay established a new World Record.
Ken also won two NCAA
Championships in 1967 in the 100 and 200 yd breaststroke events setting
American and NCAA records in both races.
He was SMU’s first ever NCAA swimming champion.
Ken is now retired
after spending most of his career (32 years) in Independent School education as
a teacher, coach and administrator. He
is dedicated to fitness and has been passionate about windsurfing for the last
27 years. He has won one National title
and many State and US Open Championships, as well as a bronze medal in the 1989
Mistral World Windsurfing Championships.