|Full name||Thomas Stachewicz|
|Born||5 December 1965|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Weight||79 kg (174 lb)|
Thomas Stachewicz (born 5 December 1965) is a former freestyle and backstroke swimmer,who represented Australia at three Summer Olympics.
Freestyle is a category of swimming competition, defined by the rules of the International Swimming Federation (FINA), in which competitors are subject to few limited restrictions on their swimming stroke. Freestyle races are the most common of all swimming competitions, with distances beginning with 50 meters and reaching 1500 meters, also known as the mile. The term 'freestyle stroke' is sometimes used as a synonym for 'front crawl', as front crawl is the fastest swimming stroke. It is now the most common stroke used in freestyle competitions.
Backstroke is one of the four swimming styles used in competitive events regulated by FINA, and the only one of these styles swum on the back. This swimming style has the advantage of easy breathing, but the disadvantage of swimmers not being able to see where they are going. It also has a different start from the other three competition swimming styles. The swimming style is similar to an upside down front crawl or freestyle. Both backstroke and front crawl are long-axis strokes. In individual medley backstroke is the second style swum; in the medley relay it is the first style swum.
Swimming is an individual or team sport that requires the use of one's entire body to move through water. The sport takes place in pools or open water. Competitive swimming is one of the most popular Olympic sports, with varied distance events in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, freestyle, and individual medley. In addition to these individual events, four swimmers can take part in either a freestyle or medley relay. A medley relay consists of four swimmers who will each swim a different stroke. The order for a medley relay is: backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle. Swimming each stroke requires a set of specific techniques; in competition, there are distinct regulations concerning the acceptable form for each individual stroke. There are also regulations on what types of swimsuits, caps, jewelry and injury tape that are allowed at competitions. Although it is possible for competitive swimmers to incur several injuries from the sport, such as tendinitis in the shoulders or knees, there are also multiple health benefits associated with the sport.
Stachewicz made his Olympic debut in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, where he competed in the heats of the Men's 4×200-metre freestyle relay. The Australian 4×200-metre relay team recorded national records in both the preliminaries and final, finishing with a time of 7 minutes 25.63 seconds, 0.85 of a second behind third place Great Britain. Stachewicz swam the preliminary only at this meet.
The 1984 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIII Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event that was held from July 28 to August 12, 1984, in Los Angeles, California, United States. This was the second time that Los Angeles had hosted the Games, the first being in 1932.
The final of the men's 4 × 200 metre freestyle relay event at the 1984 Summer Olympics was held in Los Angeles, California, on July 30, 1984. The first eight teams qualified for the final.
At the 1986 Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh, Stachewicz was part of the gold-medal-winning men's 4×200-metre freestyle relay team. He also won bronze in the men's 200-metre freestyle.
The 1986 Commonwealth Games were held in Edinburgh, Scotland, between 24 July and 2 August 1986. They were the second Games to be held in Edinburgh.
Later that year he competed in the 1986 World Swimming Championships in Madrid, where he was part of the 4×200-metre freestyle relay team that finished fourth.
The 1986 World Aquatics Championships took place in M86 Swimming Center in Madrid, Spain between August 13 and August 23, 1986, with 1119 participating athletes. In swimming, the 50 m freestyle events and women's 4 × 200 m freestyle relay were held for the first time.
In 1987 Stachewicz broke the Commonwealth record in the 200-metre freestyle at the NOK[ clarification needed ] International Championship in East Berlin in a time of 1 minute 49.32 seconds being the first Australian to break the 1 minute 50 second mark.
At 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Stachewicz swam well below his best in the men's 200-metre freestyle heats, qualifying only for the B Final, where he finished 3rd in 1 minute 50.83 seconds. He also competed in the men's 50-metre and 100-metre freestyle events, winning the B Final in the 100-metre freestyle in 50.71 seconds. He led off the relay in the final of the 4×200-metre freestyle relay, recording a personal best of 1 minute 48.99 seconds. This time ranked him second all-time Australian in the 200-metre freestyle behind Duncan Armstrong's world record from earlier in the meet. The Australian team went on to record a national record of 7 minutes 15.23 seconds for their fourth place, 0.88 of a second behind the West German team in the bronze medal position.
The 1988 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event celebrated from 17 September to 2 October 1988 in Seoul, South Korea.
The men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 1988 Summer Olympics took place on 22 September at the Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool in Seoul, South Korea.
The men's 4×200 metre freestyle relay event at the 1988 Summer Olympics took place between 20–21 September at the Jamsil Indoor Swimming Pool in Seoul, South Korea.
At the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland, New Zealand, Stachewicz was a member of the gold-medal-winning men's 4×100-metre freestyle relay and 4×200-metre freestyle relay teams. He was also a member of the bronze-medal-winning 4×100-metre medley relay team and won an individual bronze in the men's 200-metre freestyle final in a time of 1 minute 49.98 seconds.
In 1991 he competed at the World Swimming Championships in Perth, where he came seventh in the men's 100-metre backstroke.
Stachewicz then competed in the 4×100-metre freestyle and 4×100-metre medley relays at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, where the team finished 7th and 8th respectively. He also competed in the men's 100-metre backstroke, finishing 4th in his heat with a time of 57.03 seconds.
He was coach of the Mauritian Olympic team for the 2000 Summer Olympics, and his career since then has included the post of Director of Swimming at All Saints' College, Perth.
In 2009 he was inducted into the Swimming Western Australia Hall of Fame.
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