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Mark Warkentin

    Athlete Bio


    6'2 (188.0 cm)"


    Santa Barbara


    San Marcos HS '98 Univ. of Southern California '03

    Height: 6-2 (188.0 cm)
    Weight: 185 lbs (83.9 kg)
    Birthplace: Santa Barbara, Calif.
    High School: San Marcos HS '98
    College: Univ. of Southern California '03
    College Major: Communication
    Coached By: John Dussliere
    Club: Santa Barbara Swim Club (SBSC-CA)


    Career Highlights

    Took gold in the 10K at the 2007 Open Water World Championship Trials...won the 25K and earned the bronze in the 10K at the 2007 Open Water Nationals...won the 25K and finished third in the 5K & 10K at the 2006 Open Water Nationals...member of the 1998 Goodwill Games...won four gold medals at the 1999 World University Games and a silver at the 2001 WUGs.

    • World Champs History: 2007: 4th, 25K; 17th, 5K; 20th, 10K
    • WUGs History: 2001: Silver, 800m FR-R...1999: Gold, 200m & 400m & 800m FR & 800m FR-R
    • 2006 World Rankings: 142nd, 400m free
    • 2005 World Rankings: 137th, 200m free; 61st, 400m free
    • Briefly: Won gold at the 2007 10K Open Water Grand Prix...placed seventh in the 2006 Tiburon Open Water Mile


    Additional Honors

    • National Teams: Two-time National B Team (1999, 2006)...1996 National Junior Team
    • Collegiate: Four-time All-American at USC...1999 Willis Award recipient, given to a freshman on the men's swimming team at USC



    • Parents: John and Marjolein...father is a real estate developer and manager, and mother is a homemaker...John was a decathlete in the 1960s and 70s; graduated from Fresno State and continued to pursue the sport after college; won the national title in 1967 and 1971, and narrowly missed making the Olympic Team
    • Spouse: Wife (Diana) is a Christian preschool teacher...they were married Sept. 20, 2003
    • Sibling(s): Older sister (Kara) attended USC and was an All-American tennis player...younger brother (Paul) attended Arizona and also played tennis
    • Future Professional Aspirations: Possibly coaching if he chooses not to follow in the family business
    • Job Outside of Swimming: Works with his father in property management and real estate development
    • Started Swimming: At age 2..."My mom needed a consistent activity that would make me tired."
    • Sports Played Before Swimming: Basketball and soccer (until the age of 13) in addition to swimming
    • Hobbies Outside the Pool: Plants trees..."I love avocado and citrus trees. I've planted about 60 of them over the past few years at my parents' 13-acre property in the hills of Santa Barbara. I don't have the time to be a commercial farmer, but planting a tree is very self-satisfying."
    • Hobbies Outside the Pool: Enjoys announcing swim meets and is the official announcer at UCSB for all of their dual meets; has also been the announcer at USC swim meets and various club meets in Southern California...works at his church as a volunteer in the children's ministry with "AWANA," a program that resembles Boy Scouts; he is a counselor and is in charge of all of the games and activities
    • Ultimate Way to Relax: Watching TV with his wife
    • Sponsor(s): TYR
    • Training Stats: 18,000 meters/day, 4 hours per day in the water and 2 hours of dry land, 6 days per week
    • More: Considers open water swimming to be his second chance at a swimming career..."Nothing extraordinary happened to me that I can point at as a defining moment, and I have not had to overcome any significant adversity. I made the World Championship team out of desperation. I had intended to be a pool swimmer, but I was never fast enough to make a serious impression on the swimming world. I hadn't been on a U.S. National Team since 2001, and every year since 1999 I had progressively gotten slower. I was tired, burned out, and depressed. I was training incredibly hard, but was not living up to my own expectations. Open water swimming presented a brand new opportunity."
    • Favorites: Movie: "Chariots of Fire"...TV show: "Lost"... music: Jeremy Camp, Newsboys, Audio Adrenaline
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