Patrick Kennedy was cut from his first swim team at the age of nine, yet didn't let it stand in the way of his swimming career. When his family moved to Maryland, he joined the North Baltimore Aquatic Club and trained under Bob Bowman. At age 20, Kennedy held the American record for the 400 IM, and at the University of Florida, he broke numerous NCAA, American and World records. In 1984, Kennedy competed in the 200 butterfly in the summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
Kennedy is involved with the SAA, Baltimore open water swim. He and his wife, Mia, are chiropractors. They have two children, Maddie and Ben.