Tracy Anne Stockwell, OAM, née Tracy Anne Caulkins, is an American former competition swimmer, three-time Olympic gold medalist, five-time world champion, former world record-holder in three events. Caulkins was noted for her versatility and ability in all four major competitive swimming strokes: the butterfly, breaststroke and freestyle. Caulkins won forty-eight national championships and set American records in all four strokes over a range of distances as well as in the individual medley events, which combine all four strokes over the course of a single race, her versatility brought Caulkins many titles and awards, as a result she is considered one of the greatest swimmers of all time. By the time she retired from competitive swimming in 1984, Caulkins had set five world records and sixty-three American records. Caulkins was born in Winona, Minnesota in 1963, she swam for the Westside Victory Swim club and the Nashville Aquatic Club in Nashville, where she was trained by future University of Texas and U.
S. Olympic coach Paul Bergen. For her high school education, she attended the all-girls Harpeth Hall School in Nashville. Caulkins' older sister Amy was a competition swimmer and water polo player; as a 9-year-old, Caulkins had been training as a swimmer for a little over a year when she watched the 1972 Munich Olympics on television, decided that she wanted to swim in the Olympics and win a gold medal. In a 1997 interview, Caulkins credited her Olympic dream as her motivation. Thirteen-year-old Caulkins competed in her first U. S. national swimming championships in 1976. A year she returned to the 1977 U. S. Short-Course Championships to set U. S. records in the 400-yard individual medley events. She set a third U. S. record while finishing second behind Canadian swimmer Robin Corsiglia in the 100-yard breaststroke. At the age of 15, Caulkins won five gold medals and a silver medal at the 1978 World Championships in West Berlin, she won the 200-meter individual medley, the 400-meter individual medley, the 200-meter butterfly, was a member of the winning U.
S. teams in the 4×100-meter medley relay, the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. In the process, she set one American record; as a result of her performance in Berlin, Caulkins won the 1978 James E. Sullivan Award, given by the Amateur Athletic Union in recognition of the most outstanding American amateur athlete of the year. At 15 years old, she was the youngest-ever recipient of the Sullivan Award, she followed her World Championship success with a series of dominating finishes in U. S. competition. At the 1979 U. S. Short-Course Championships in East Los Angeles, she set five U. S. records in the 100-yard breaststroke, 500-yard freestyle, the 400-yard individual medley, the 200-yard individual medley, the 100-yard freestyle on the first leg of the 400-yard relay. She helped her club team, Nashville Aquatic, win the 400-yard medley relay and place second in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Despite setting the new records, she was not at her physical best. Three months she won four gold medals and two silvers at the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Following her gold-medal performance at the 1978 World Championship, Caulkins was expected to win multiple medals at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, USSR, qualified to compete in five individual events at the U. S. Olympic Trials, would have been selected as a member of one of the relay teams as well. However, the U. S. Olympic team boycotted the 1980 Games at the behest of U. S. President Jimmy Carter, following the Soviet Union's 1979 invasion of Afghanistan. Caulkins' dream of Olympic gold was deferred by war and politics, so she looked ahead to 1984; as an 18-year-old high school senior, she set four American short-course records at the 1981 U. S. Short-Course Championships in Massachusetts. In each of the four events, she bettered her own previously-set American record: the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard backstroke, the 200-yard individual medley, the 400-yard individual medley. Over the next three years, Caulkins maintained her training regimen while attending the University of Florida in Gainesville, where she swam for coach Randy Reese's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association competition from 1982 to 1984.
Caulkins followed her older sister Amy to the University of Florida, where Amy was an established member of the Florida Gators swim team. With Caulkins leading the way as a freshman, the Gators won the NCAA team championship in 1982. Individually, in three years as a Gator swimmer, she won sixteen NCAA championships and twelve Southeastern Conference individual titles, received twenty-one All-American honors, she was the SEC's Female Swimmer of the Year in 1983 and 1984, was recognized as the SEC's Female Athlete of the Year in 1984. She was the recipient of the Honda Sports Award for Swimming and Diving for three consecutive years, recognizing her as the outstanding college female swimmer of the year. At the 1982 U. S. Short-Course Championships in Gainesville, the 19-year-old again won national championships in the 200-yard backstroke, 400-yard individual medley, the 200-yard individual medley, the 100-yard breaststroke. With thirty-nine national championships to date, Caulkins surpassed the legendary Johnny Weissmuller's record total of thirty-six.
As she continued to win against fellow Americans in 1982 and 1983, she was slumping and falling behind her int
Herschel Walker is a former professional American football player, sprinter, ballet dancer, & mixed martial artist. He played college football for the University of Georgia, earned consensus All-American honors three times and won the 1982 Heisman Trophy. Walker began his professional football career with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League, before joining the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. In the NFL, he played for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants, he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. Walker was born in Georgia to parents Willis and Christine Walker, he was raised in Georgia. He was one of seven children in his blue collar family. Walker had a speech impediment. Walker's mother taught him not to use these problems as excuses in life. Walker attended Johnson County High School in Wrightsville, where he played football and competed in track, he played for the Johnson County Trojans high school football team from 1976 to 1979.
In his senior year, he rushed for 3,167 yards, helping the Trojans to win their first state championship. He was awarded the first Dial Award as 1979 national high school scholar-athlete of the year. On July 4, 2017, during Wrightsville's annual Fourth of July celebration, Trojan Way, the street where Johnson County High School resides, was renamed Herschel Walker Drive. A standout athlete, Walker competed on the Trojans track & field team in events ranging from the 100-yard dash to the shot put, he won the shot put, 100-yard dash, 220-yard dash events at the GHSA Class A State T&F Championships. He anchored the 4x400 team to victory, with a time of 3:24.01 minutes. Walker competed as a sprinter at Georgia, where he was a two-time All-American selection, he was a member of the SEC champion 4 × 100 m relay squad in 1981. He ran the 100 meters in a PR of 10.23 seconds in 1982 and ran 10.10 seconds wind-assisted. He improved his high school 100-yard dash time of 9.5 to 9.3 seconds. He competed in the 55-meter dash in 1983, recording a time of 6.11 seconds.
After graduating from high school as the valedictorian, Walker played running back for the University of Georgia, where he was a three-time All-American and winner of the 1982 Heisman Trophy and Maxwell Award. He is the only player in NCAA history to finish in the top three in Heisman voting in all three of his collegiate seasons, he is the only NCAA player. During his freshman season in 1980, Walker set the NCAA freshman rushing record and finished third in Heisman voting. Walker was the first "true freshman", he played a major role in helping Georgia avoid defeat that year and win the national championship with a victory over Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl. He won the Heisman as a junior. In 1999, Walker was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame and is considered one of college football's greatest players. Walker, a 6 feet 1 inch, 218-pound running back and the most sought after high school football player in the nation, signed a national letter of intent to play for the University of Georgia Bulldogs on Easter Sunday, April 6, 1980.
The season began with sophomore Carnie Norris starting ahead of Walker at tailback as the Bulldogs faced the University of Tennessee on September 6 in Knoxville. With Tennessee gaining a 9–0 lead early in the 2nd quarter, coach Dooley told his offensive coordinator, "I'm putting Herschel in... Don't be afraid to let him carry the ball."Tennessee held a 15–2 advantage late in the third quarter when Walker changed the momentum of the game. Late in the third quarter, Walker scored on a counter from 16 yards out, where he ran over safety and future Dallas Cowboys teammate Bill Bates near the goal line. Walker scored again five minutes on a 9-yard touchdown run as Georgia went on to win the game, 16–15. A week Georgia traveled to face Texas A&M and Walker finished with 21 carries for 145 yards and 3 touchdowns; the Bulldogs got off to a 28–0 lead by halftime. With four minutes left in the third quarter, Walker broke off a 76-yard touchdown run. In the games that followed, Georgia raced to a 6–0 start by knocking off Clemson, TCU, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt.
Walker ran for 69 more versus TCU -- including a 41-yard run. He missed much of the Ole Miss game with an injury. In the Vandy game on October 18, Walker had 23 rushes for a career-high 283 yards, scoring on long touchdown runs of 60, 48, 53 yards; the special teams and defense gave Georgia the upper hand in the two weekends that followed and helped the Bulldogs get past Kentucky and South Carolina. The win in Athens, Georgia over the Gamecocks on November 1 featured Walker matching up with the 1980 Heisman Trophy winner, George Rogers. Walker rushed 43 times for 219 yards. Georgia got out to a 13–0 lead early in the third quarter. Walker's 76-yard touchdown run gave Georgia a commanding lead at 10–0. Georgia had made it to 8 -- 0; the second-ranked Georgia faced a 6–1 Florida Gators team in Jacksonville on November 8. Walker carried Georgia's offense, he started things off by taking a toss sweep play to the right for 72 yards and a score early in the first quarter. Georgia extended its lead to 20 -- 10 late in the 3rd quarter.
With time running out on 3rd-and-11, QB Buck Belue found WR Lindsay Scott for a 93-yard touchdown pass to give Georgia the win, 26–21. The game would be affec
Kirsty Leigh Coventry is the current Minister of Youth, Sport and Recreation in the Cabinet of Zimbabwe as of September 2018. She is a former swimmer and world record holder, the most decorated Olympian from Africa, she is a member of the International Olympic Committee and in early 2018, was elected the Chairperson of the IOC Athletes' Commission, the body that represents all Olympic athletes worldwide. Coventry swam competitively for Auburn University in Alabama, in the United States. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, in Athens, Coventry won three Olympic medals: a gold, a silver, a bronze, while in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing she won four medals: a gold and three silver, she was subsequently described by Paul Chingoka, head of the Zimbabwe Olympic Committee, as "our national treasure". Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe called her "a golden girl," and awarded her US$100,000 in cash for her 2008 Olympic performance. In 2016, Coventry retired from swimming after her fifth Olympics, having won the joint-most individual medals in women's swimming in Olympic history.
In 2000, while still in high school, Coventry became the first Zimbabwean swimmer to reach the semifinals at the Olympics and was named Zimbabwe's Sports Woman of the Year. At the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Coventry won three medals, including a gold medal in the 200 meter backstroke; as a student at Auburn University, Coventry helped lead the Tigers to National Collegiate Athletic Association Championships in 2003 and 2004. In 2005, she was the top individual scorer at the NCAA Championships and captured three individual titles including the 200-yard and 400 y individual medley, the 200 y backstroke for the second consecutive season, she was named the College Swimming Coaches Association Swimmer of the Meet for her efforts. Other awards include 2005 Southeastern Conference Swimmer of the Year, the 2004–05 SEC Female Athlete of the Year, she was the recipient of the 2004–05 Honda Sports Award for Swimming and Diving, recognizing her as the outstanding college female swimmer of the year. At the 2005 World Championships in Montreal, Coventry improved on her 2004 Olympic medal count by winning gold in both the 100 m and 200 m backstroke and silver in the 200 m and the 400 m IM.
She bettered her Olympic gold-winning 200 m backstroke time with a performance of 2:08.52. She was one of just two swimmers from Zimbabwe along with rising junior Warren Paynter, her performance allowed her country to rank third in the medal count by nation. In addition, she picked up the female swimmer of the meet honors. In Melbourne at the 2007 World Championships, Coventry won silver medals in the 200 m backstroke and 200 m IM, she was disqualified in the 400 m IM when finishing second to eventual winner Katie Hoff in her heat. Coventry finished in a disappointing 14th place in the 100 m backstroke in a time of 1:01.73, failing to qualify for the final. She continued her good form of 2007 by winning four gold medals at the International Swim Meet in Narashino, Japan, she led the way in the 200 m and 400 m IM as well as 200 m backstroke. In 2008, Coventry broke her first world record in the 200 m backstroke at the Missouri Grand Prix, she bettered the mark set by Krisztina Egerszegi in August 1991, the second oldest swimming world record.
Her new record was 2:06:39. Coventry continued her winning streak at the meet by winning the 100 m backstroke and the 200 m IM. Coventry is the third woman in history to break the 1:00 minute barrier in the 100 m backstroke, the second to break the 59-second barrier. At the 2008 Manchester Short Course World Championships, Coventry broke her second world record, setting a time, whilst winning the gold medal, of 4:26:52 in the 400 m IM; the following day saw Coventry win her second gold medal of the championships in the 100 m backstroke. Her time of 57:10 was the second fastest time in history in the event. Only Natalie Coughlin has swum faster. Day three of the championships saw Coventry break another championship record in qualifying fastest for the final of the 200 m backstroke, her time of 2:03:69 was a mere four tenths of a second outside the current world record set by Reiko Nakamura in Tokyo in 2008. Coventry bettered this time to take her second world record of the championships by winning the final in a time of 2:00:91.
She went on to shatter the short course World Record in winning the 200 m individual medley in 2:06:13. Due to her performances at the World Championships, Coventry was named as the FINA Female Swimmer of the Championships. Coventry represented Zimbabwe at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Coventry won the silver medal in the 400 m individual medley on 10 August 2008, becoming the second woman to swim the medley in less than 4:30, the first being Stephanie Rice who won the gold in the same event. Coventry beat the world record by just under two seconds, was only just beaten by Rice to a new world record. Coventry, in the second semi-final of the 100 m Backstroke, set a new world record of 58.77 seconds. However, in the final of that event she was beaten to the gold medal by Natalie Coughlin. Coventry was again beaten by Stephanie Rice in the 200 m individual medley, despite swimming under the old world record. Coventry did defend her Olympic title in the 200 m backstroke, winning gold in a world record time of 2:05.24.
Awarded US$100,000 by President Mugabe for her success at the Olympics, Coventry gave that money to charity. At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Coventry won a silver, she won the 200 m backstroke world title with a world record time and came second in the 400 m individual medley. She came fourth in the 200 m individual medley eighth in the 100 m backstroke final. At the 2012 Olympics
A. J. Reed
Andrew Joseph Reed is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. He played college baseball at Kentucky, he was drafted by the Astros in the second round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. Reed attended Terre Haute South Vigo High School in Indiana. During his career he hit.425 with 41 home runs and 150 runs batted in as a batter and was 26–10 record with a 1.88 earned run average, 390 strikeouts in 260 innings as a pitcher. Reed was drafted by the New York Mets in the 25th round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, but did not sign and attended the University of Kentucky. While at Kentucky he was considered one of the best two-way players in college baseball; as a freshman in 2012 at the Kentucky he became the first consensus first-team freshman All-American in Kentucky's baseball history. He played in 55 games with 51 starts, hitting.300 with four home runs and 43 runs batted in as a batter. As a pitcher he went 51 strikeouts over 16 games.
As a sophomore in 2013 he started 14 games as a pitcher. As a batter he hit.280 with 52 runs batted in. As a pitcher he was 2–8 with a 4.04 ERA and 52 strikeouts. As a junior in 2014, Reed hit.336/.476/.735 and led the nation in home runs with 23. As a pitcher he was 12 -- 2 with 71 strikeouts, he was the winner of the Dick Howser Trophy. He won numerous other awards, including the John Olerud Award, SEC Player of the Year, National Player of the Year from Collegiate Baseball and American Baseball Coaches Association, as well as Baseball America College Player Of The Year, he was the SEC Male Athlete of the Year for all sports. Reed was drafted by the Houston Astros in the second round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft, he signed on June 11. Reed hit 34 home runs for the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A-Advanced California League and Corpus Christi Hooks of the Class AA Texas League in the 2015 season, winning the Joe Bauman Home Run Award. Reed began the 2016 season with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League.
He was called up and made his major league debut on June 25, 2016. On July 1, 2016 he recorded his first Major League hit with a single against Chicago White Sox. Next day he hit his first Major League home run off Chicago White Sox pitcher David Robertson. On March 21, 2017 he was optioned back to the Fresno Grizzlies of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. Reed appeared in only 2 games for the Astros in 2017 without recording a stat in 6 at-bats. On June 28, 2018, Reed was recalled to the Astros, he was optioned back to the Grizzlies on July 3, 2018. During Reed's cup of coffee, he appeared with three at bats and no hits. Reed is married to his high school sweetheart, they have two pet cockatoos and Buck. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference Kentucky Wildcats bio
Andrew Sebastian Benintendi is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball. He played college baseball for the Arkansas Razorbacks of the University of Arkansas; the Red Sox selected Benintendi in the first round of the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. Benintendi attended Madeira High School in Ohio; as a senior, he batted.564 with 12 home runs, 57 runs batted in, 38 stolen bases for the Mustangs baseball team, was the ABCA/Rawlings National High School Player of the Year and Ohio Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year. He finished his high school career with an Ohio-record 199 career runs scored, he played high school basketball, earning 2011-12 Cincinnati Enquirer Division III Co-Player of the Year honors and setting school records in career points and season points, career 3-pointers, points per game in a season. Benintendi was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 31st round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, but he did not sign. Benintendi enrolled at the University of Arkansas to play college baseball for the Arkansas Razorbacks baseball team.
As a true freshman, he played in 61 games, with 60 starts and hit.276/.368/.333 with one home run and 27 RBI. In 2015, Benintendi led the Southeastern Conference in batting average, home runs, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, walks, he was named the SEC Player of the Year. He won the Baseball America College Player of the Year Award, the Dick Howser Trophy, the Golden Spikes Award. Benintendi was considered one of the top prospects for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft. Benintendi was drafted by the Boston Red Sox with the seventh overall selection in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft, he signed with the Red Sox. Benintendi made his professional debut with the Lowell Spinners of the Class A-Short Season New York–Penn League. Andrew finished the 2015 season playing 19 games for the Class A Greenville Drive going 26/74 and posting an OPS of 1.011. He began the 2016 season with the Salem Red Sox of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, received a promotion to the Portland Sea Dogs of the Class AA Eastern League on May 15.
The Red Sox promoted Benintendi to the major leagues on August 2, 2016, straight from Double-A, only 421 days after being selected in the draft. He made his major league debut on August 2, against the Seattle Mariners as a pinch hitter, recorded his first major league hit off of Hisashi Iwakuma on August 3. Benintendi recorded both his first major league triple and home run against the Detroit Tigers on August 21 in a 10–5 loss. On October 6, in Game 1 of the 2016 ALDS against the Cleveland Indians, Benintendi hit a home run in his first postseason at bat, off of Indians' pitcher Trevor Bauer. With the feat, Benintendi became the youngest Red Sox player to hit a home run in a postseason game. However, the Indians swept the series in three games. Benintendi ended the 2016 season with a.295 batting average, 31 hits, 14 RBIs, two home runs, one stolen base in 34 games played. Benintendi started the 2017 season as part of the Red Sox' Opening Day roster, batting second as Boston defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates by a score of 5–3.
On July 4, against the Texas Rangers, Benintendi went 5-for-5 with 6 RBIs, two home runs, a double in the 11–4 victory. He finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting, despite receiving no first-place votes due to Aaron Judge winning unanimously. Overall, during the 2017 Red Sox regular season, Benintendi batted.271 with 20 home runs and 90 RBIs in 151 games played. In the ALDS against the eventual World Series champions, the Houston Astros, he batted.250 with a home run and two RBIs in four games. For the 2018 Red Sox, Benintendi was again on the Opening Day roster. Through the first half of the season, he was the team's regular left fielder batting second, behind Mookie Betts. On July 8, Benintendi was named as a candidate in the American League's All-Star Final Vote, for a spot in the 2018 MLB All-Star Game. At that point in the season, Benintendi had a slash line of.293/.379/.515 with 14 home runs and 55 RBIs. In the Final Vote, fans selected Jean Segura of the Seattle Mariners.
In the 2018 MLB playoffs, Benintendi recorded the final outs to seal victories for the Red Sox in Games 4 and 5 of the 2018 American League Championship Series, the first of the two a diving effort to prevent a bases loaded hit in a two run game. The Red Sox won the World Series over the Los Angeles Dodgers, giving Benintendi his first championship title. Benintendi's paternal grandparents immigrated to the United States from Italy. Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference Arkansas Razorbacks bio Andrew Benintendi on Twitter Andrew Benintendi on Instagram
Jamal Mashburn is a retired American professional basketball player. Nicknamed the "Monster Mash," Mashburn was a prolific scorer as a small forward in his 12 seasons in the league, with a career scoring average of 19.1 points per game. Mashburn was born to Bobby, a former heavyweight boxer, Helen Masbhurn, his father retired in 1974 and lived separately from Helen and his son Jamal, divorcing after about 10 years. After attending Cardinal Hayes High School in The Bronx, Mashburn had a successful basketball career in college, playing for the University of Kentucky, he was the fourth-leading career scorer for the Wildcats and a consensus First Team All-American by his junior year, in which the Wildcats made it to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament. Following the tournament he declared for the 1993 NBA draft, with Mashburn being selected by the Dallas Mavericks with the fourth pick; the Mavericks were a lottery team led by veteran point guard Derek Harper and second year guard Jim Jackson, Mashburn shared the reins of the offense, averaging 19.2 points a game in 73 starts and earning a selection to the first NBA All-Rookie Team.
Despite this the Mavericks could only manage 13 wins for the 1993–94 season. In the off-season, the team drafted star point guard Jason Kidd, teaming up with Jackson and Mashburn to become known collectively as "The Three J's." The Mavericks would improve to 36 wins in the 1994–95 season, as Mashburn averaged 24.1 points a game, while placing fifth in the league in free throw makes, seventh in made field goals, fifth in total points. The season featured a 50-point performance for Mashburn on November 12 against the Chicago Bulls in Chicago; this made him the fourth-youngest player to score 50 points in an NBA game. He broke many franchise records and blossomed into one of the best scoring forwards in the league. Despite the team's improvement they were unable to make the playoffs, injuries would force Mashburn to only play 18 games in the 1995–96 season. Mashburn started in just 21 games of the Mavericks' first 37 games of the 1996–97 season, on February 14, 1997, he was traded to the Miami Heat for three players.
Miami was a loaded team coached by Pat Riley. The addition of Mashburn boosted the team's offense, the team finished the season with a franchise best 61 games with Mashburn averaging 13.4 points in 30 starts. In the playoffs the Heat defeated the Orlando Magic in a difficult 5 games in the first round, followed by a grueling seven game series win against the New York Knicks. Miami made its first Conference Finals against the defending champion Bulls, would lose the first three games of the series before managing a win in Miami in game four, with Mashburn scoring 17 points; the Bulls won the series in the fifth game in Chicago. Mashburn averaged 10.5 points in his first postseason. Injuries limited Mashburn to 48 games in the 1997–98 season, but he started in each game he played and averaged 15.1 points a game as Miami won 55 games before losing in a five-game first round series to the Knicks. Mashburn saw his production slip; the following season would be shortened to 50 games due to a league lockout, injuries again limited Mashburn to just 23 starts with averages of 14.8 points a game with 6.1 rebounds a game.
Miami captured the best record in the Eastern Conference, but once again lost in the first round to New York, as Mashburn averaged 10 points in the five game series. The 1999–2000 season featured an improvement statistically for Mashburn, as he shouldered more of the offensive load and averaged 17.5 points a game including a career high 112 three point field goals. The Heat won 52 games before sweeping the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the playoffs in three games; this set up another rematch with New York, as the Heat and Knicks battled in another grueling seven game series. Despite scoring in bunches in the Heat's victories, including a 21-point performance in game 5, Mashburn's scoring dropped off in the final two games of the series, the Knicks once again eliminated Miami at home. Following another disappointing playoff run for the team and teammate P. J. Brown were traded to the Charlotte Hornets for Eddie Jones and Anthony Mason. In his first season in Charlotte, Mashburn averaged 20.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 76 games.
Led by his play and the play of Baron Davis, the Hornets won 46 games and faced Miami in the first round of the playoffs. While his former team was favored to win the series, Mashburn averaged 23.7 points, as the younger Hornets shocked the Heat and swept them in three games. Next up were the Milwaukee Bucks, who took a two-game lead before the Hornets won game three in Charlotte led by Mashburn's 36 points and game four, in which Mashburn scored 31. Despite managing to win three straight games, the Bucks responded to win the last two games and the series. Mashburn averaged a career high 24.9 points in the 2001 playoffs. The 2001–02 season once again featured injury problems for Mashburn, he only played in 40 games averaging 21.5 points per game. The Hornets made the playoffs and defeated Orlando before losing to the New Jersey Nets, but Mashburn's injury woes kept him out of the postseason; the Hornets would go on to relocate to New Orleans. Mashburn's best overall NBA season took place in the 2002–03 season, he played in all 82 games averaging 21.6 points per game.
He played in his first and only All-Star game, scoring 10 points in the 2003 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta, won the Eastern Conference Player of the Month award in March and made the All-NBA Third Team. The season als
Ambrose "Rowdy" Gaines IV is an American former competitive swimmer, U. S. Olympic Hall of Fame member, three-time Olympic gold medalist, member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, he is the chief fundraiser for USA Swimming as well as a swimming analyst for television networks ESPN and NBC. He has covered swimming at every Olympic Games since 1996, including the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics, the London 2012 Summer Olympics, the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. Born in Winter Haven, Gaines unsuccessfully tried other sports during his teen-age years but turned to swimming as a Winter Haven High School junior where he advanced and was offered a swimming scholarship to Auburn University. At Auburn he became a five-time NCAA champion under the training of former Auburn head swimming coach Richard Quick. From 1978 to 1984, Gaines set ten world records, he was considered a favorite to win multiple gold medals at the 1980 Olympics. At the time he was the world record holder in the 200-metre freestyles.
The 1980 boycott prevented Gaines from competing at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. “I felt physically at my peak in 1980—and mentally up, too. It was tough tough. I had the chance for four golds.” After graduating from Auburn in 1981, he stopped swimming for six months, thinking he had missed his opportunity to be an Olympic medalist, but was urged to resume swimming by his father. He qualified for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and won the 100 meter freestyle, he won two gold medals for relays, swimming the anchor legs for the U. S. team in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and 4×100-meter medley relay. In August 1991, Gaines was temporarily paralyzed with Guillain–Barré syndrome. After a two-month hospitalization, he experienced a surprising full recovery attributed to his superb physical condition as a competitive swimmer, he regained world-class times and, at the age of 35, became the oldest swimmer to qualify for the trials for the 1996 Summer Olympics. He chose not to compete in the trials for the 1996 Olympics but instead continued his career as a television commentator, covering swimming for NBC at the Games.
Gaines was Outreach Director for the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in Birmingham, Alabama from 1997 until 2003 when he moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado to become the Chief Fund-raising and Alumni Officer for USA Swimming. In December 2007, Gaines became a spokesperson for LIMU, a direct sales company which produces a line of energy drinks. Gaines still holds masters long course world records in several freestyle events. At the 2011 Short Course Masters Nationals, Gaines broke his own national record in the 50–54 division 50 yard freestyle, notable in that he did the swim without the use of a technical suit. On July 16, 2011, Gaines broke the 50–54 Age Group record in the long course 100m freestyle with a time of 54.6. Gaines resides in Lake Mary, Florida where he is Executive Director of Rowdy's Kidz, a charitable program sponsored by LIMU, his wife, he have four daughters: Emily, Madison and Isabelle. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1998. Gaines is a member of the board of directors of Photetica, a low level laser based medical technology company based in Austin, Texas.
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