Geoff Huegill

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Geoff Huegill

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Geoff Huegill in 2014
Personal information
Full name Geoffrey Andrew Huegill [1]
Nickname(s) "Skippy", [2] [3] "Skip"
National teamFlag of Australia.svg  Australia
Born (1979-03-04) 4 March 1979 (age 39)
Gove Peninsula Northern Territory
Height 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Butterfly
Club SOPAC Swimming Club

Geoffrey Andrew Huegill (born 4 March 1979) is an Australian former butterfly swimmer who won silver in the 4 × 100 metre medley relay and bronze in the 100 metre butterfly at the 2000 Summer Olympics. He held the long course world record in the 50 metre butterfly from 2000 to 2003.

Butterfly stroke swimming stroke swum on the breast, with both arms moving simultaneously

The butterfly is a swimming stroke swum on the chest, with both arms moving symmetrically, accompanied by the butterfly kick. While other styles like the breaststroke, front crawl, or backstroke can be swum adequately by beginners, the butterfly is a more difficult stroke that requires good technique as well as strong muscles. It is the newest swimming style swum in competition, first swum in 1933 and originating out of the breaststroke.

The men's 4×100 metre medley relay event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 22–23 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.

The men's 100 metre butterfly event at the 2000 Summer Olympics took place on 21–22 September at the Sydney International Aquatic Centre in Sydney, Australia.


Personal life

Geoff was born to an Australian father and a Thai mother in 1979. [4] He is the uncle of Australian rugby league player Chris McQueen. [5] In May 2014 Huegill and his wife Sara pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and were sentenced at Waverly Court to a six-month good behaviour bond. [6]

Rugby league team sport, code of rugby football

Rugby league football is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.

Chris McQueen Australian rugby league player

Chris McQueen is an England international rugby league footballer who plays as a second-row, lock, wing or centre for the Wests Tigers in the NRL. A Queensland State of Origin representative, he previously played for the Gold Coast Titans and the South Sydney Rabbitohs, with whom he won the 2014 NRL Premiership.


Huegill attempted to qualify for the Australian team at the 2005 and 2006 Australian championships, however, he was unsuccessful. After retiring from competitive swimming, he went on a downward spiral taking drugs, and suffering severe depression. In 2007, he met publicist Sara Hills, who Huegill credits with turning his life around. They married in 2011 and conceived their first child unexpectedly on their honeymoon. Their daughter, Mila, was born in January 2012.


On 12 November 2008, Huegill announced his comeback to competitive swimming. Having had major battles with his weight since quitting the sport following the 2004 Athens Olympics. He said he had lost more than 40 kilograms (coming from 138 kg) for his comeback and would train for the 50 and 100 butterfly with the aim of competing at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games. He sparked attention of the Australian sports media by qualifying for the finals in the 50 and 100 metre butterfly at the 2009 Telstra Australian Championships (being interviewed after every swim). He built more momentum in August 2009 at the Australian Short Course Championships, capturing his first national medal in 5 years.

2010 brought enormous improvements, clocking 23.44 in the 50 metre butterfly to win the Australian title, just 0.02s off his old world record from 2001. His 100-metre butterfly was 53.09 seconds, finishing 5th. In a post-swim interview he claimed to be a lean 93 kg. At the 2010 Pan Pacs he clocked 23.27 seconds in the heats of the 50 metre butterfly but was not able to back up that form in the finals, finishing just outside the medals. His 100 butterfly was 52.21, his second-fastest time ever, faster than his bronze medal swim in Sydney almost ten years before. He picked up a bronze medal in the medley relay. At the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games he won gold medals in the 4 × 100 metre medley and the 100 metre butterfly breaking a ten-year-old personal best when winning in 51.69 seconds (Commonwealth games record). He was narrowly beaten by 0.02 of a second in the 50 metre butterfly by Kenyan Jason Dunford in a time of 23.37. Huegill swam at the 2010 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m), no medals were achieved however he did earn his name back into the record list with an Australian record the 4 × 100 metre medley relay.

2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships

The eleventh edition of the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, also known as the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, a long course (50 m) event, was held in Irvine, California, United States, from August 18–22.

The 10th FINA World Swimming Championships was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates from 15–19 December 2010. This swimming-only championships took place in the Dubai Sports Complex; all events were swum in a 25-meter (short-course) pool.


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See also

World record progression 50 metres butterfly Wikimedia list article

This is a history of the progression of the World Record for the Swimming event: the 50 butterfly. It is a listing of the fastest-time-ever in the event, in both long course (50m) and short course (25m) swimming pool. These records are maintained/recognized by FINA, which oversees international competitive swimming and Aquatics.

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Preceded by
Paul Khoury
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Succeeded by
Andrew G
Preceded by
Denis Pankratov
Men's 50 metre butterfly
world record holder

14 May 2000 – 2 July 2003
Succeeded by
Matt Welsh
Preceded by
Mark Foster
Men's 50 metre butterfly (25m)
world record holder

18 December 2001 – 10 October 2004
Succeeded by
Ian Crocker