at the Games of the XXIII Olympiad
|Venue||McDonald's Olympic Swim Stadium|
|No. of events||29|
|Competitors||494 from 67 nations|
| Swimming at the|
1984 Summer Olympics
The swimming competitions of the 1984 Summer Olympics were held at the McDonald's Olympic Swim Stadium, located on the University of Southern California (USC) campus. There were a total of 494 participants from 67 countries competing.
This was the first Olympic games at which only two swimmers per country, per event, were permitted; previously, three swimmers were allowed and many countries would sweep the medal stand. In addition, the Women’s 200 Meters Medley returned to the program after being absent in 1976 and 1980, after a proposal by the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOC).
|1||United States (USA)||21||13||0||34|
|3||West Germany (FRG)||2||3||6||11|
|6||Great Britain (GBR)||0||1||4||5|
|Totals (13 nations)||30||28||29||87|
|100 m freestyle|| Rowdy Gaines |
|49.80 OR|| Mark Stockwell |
|50.24|| Per Johansson |
|200 m freestyle|| Michael Gross |
|1:47.44 WR|| Mike Heath |
|1:49.10|| Thomas Fahrner |
|400 m freestyle|| George DiCarlo |
|3:51.23|| John Mykkanen |
|3:51.49|| Justin Lemberg |
|1500 m freestyle|| Mike O'Brien |
|15:05.20|| George DiCarlo |
|15:10.59|| Stefan Pfeiffer |
|100 m backstroke|| Rick Carey |
|55.79|| Dave Wilson |
|56.35|| Mike West |
|200 m backstroke|| Rick Carey |
|2:00.23|| Frédéric Delcourt |
|2:01.75|| Cameron Henning |
|100 m breaststroke|| Steve Lundquist |
|1:01.65 WR|| Victor Davis |
|1:01.99|| Peter Evans |
|200 m breaststroke|| Victor Davis |
|2:13.34 WR|| Glenn Beringen |
|2:15.79|| Étienne Dagon |
|100 m butterfly|| Michael Gross |
|53.08 WR|| Pablo Morales |
|53.23|| Glenn Buchanan |
|200 m butterfly|| Jon Sieben |
|1:57.04 WR|| Michael Gross |
|1:57.40|| Rafael Vidal |
|200 m individual medley|| Alex Baumann |
|2:01.42 WR|| Pablo Morales |
|2:03.05|| Neil Cochran |
|400 m individual medley|| Alex Baumann |
|4:17.41 WR|| Ricardo Prado |
|4:18.45|| Rob Woodhouse |
|4 × 100 m freestyle relay|| United States (USA)|
|3:19.03 WR|| Australia (AUS)|
|3:19.68|| Sweden (SWE)|
|4×200 m freestyle relay|| United States (USA)|
|7:15.69 WR|| West Germany (FRG)|
|7:15.73|| Great Britain (GBR)|
|4×100 m medley relay|| United States (USA)|
|3:39.30 WR|| Canada (CAN)|
|3:43.23|| Australia (AUS)|
* Swimmers who participated in the heats only and received medals.
|100 m freestyle|| Carrie Steinseifer |
|55.92||none awarded|| Annemarie Verstappen |
| Nancy Hogshead |
|200 m freestyle|| Mary Wayte |
|1:59.23|| Cynthia Woodhead |
|1:59.50|| Annemarie Verstappen |
|400 m freestyle|| Tiffany Cohen |
|4:07.10 OR|| Sarah Hardcastle |
|4:10.29|| June Croft |
|800 m freestyle|| Tiffany Cohen |
|8:24.95 OR|| Michele Richardson |
|8:30.73|| Sarah Hardcastle |
|100 m backstroke|| Theresa Andrews |
|1:02.55|| Betsy Mitchell |
|1:02.63|| Jolanda de Rover |
|200 m backstroke|| Jolanda de Rover |
|2:12.38|| Amy White |
|2:13.04|| Anca Patrascoiu |
|100 m breaststroke|| Petra van Staveren |
|1:09.88 OR|| Anne Ottenbrite |
|1:10.69|| Catherine Poirot |
|200 m breaststroke|| Anne Ottenbrite |
|2:30.38|| Susan Rapp |
|2:31.15|| Ingrid Lempereur |
|100 m butterfly|| Mary T. Meagher |
|59.26|| Jenna Johnson |
|1:00.19|| Karin Seick |
|200 m butterfly|| Mary T. Meagher |
|2:06.90 OR|| Karen Phillips |
|2:10.56|| Ina Beyermann |
|200 m individual medley|| Tracy Caulkins |
|2:12.64 OR|| Nancy Hogshead |
|2:15.17|| Michelle Pearson |
|400 m individual medley|| Tracy Caulkins |
|4:39.24|| Suzanne Landells |
|4:48.30|| Petra Zindler |
|4×100 m freestyle relay|| United States (USA)|
|3:43.43|| Netherlands (NED)|
Conny van Bentum
Wilma van Velsen*
|3:44.40|| West Germany (FRG)|
|4×100 m medley relay|| United States (USA)|
Mary T. Meagher
|4:08.34|| West Germany (FRG)|
|4:11.97|| Canada (CAN)|
*Swimmers who participated in the heats only and received medals.
494 swimmers from 67 nations competed.
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