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Mark Gangloff

One of the top swimmers to ever come out of Akron. Gangloff led the Firestone High School swim team to a state championship in 2000, his senior year, before entering Auburn University, where he continued to shine. In total Gangloff has captured eight gold medals during his swimming career in Olympic, World Championship and Pan-American Games competition.

At Auburn he helped the Tigers to NCAA championships in 2003 and 2004, four Southeastern Conference titles and 12 All-American honors. Individually, Mark won SEC titles in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke and was a member of the winning 200 and 400 medley relay teams in 2004. As a senior, Gangloff served as captain of the swim team. His crowning achievement came in his final year when he qualified for the 2004 Olympic Games, in Athens, Greece winning a gold medal as part of the 400 medley relay team. In a tight race , he just missed capturing another medal as he finished fourth in his favorite individual competition, the 100 breaststroke. Four years later he again qualified for the Olympics which were held in Beijing, China. And again he won a gold medal as a member of the 400 medley relay team, to become a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

During his time at Auburn, Gangloff also competed in World Championship competition, capturing three gold medals in the 400 medley relay. After graduation, he continued to compete in the World Championships, finishing second in the 50 breaststroke in 2005, third in 2009 and sixth in 2011. He served as team captain for the 2009 and 2011 teams.

Additionally, he participated in the Pan-American Games in 1999, 2003 and 2007, garnering gold medals in the 400 medley relay in both 2003 and 2007. Also in 2003, he won the gold in the 100 breaststroke, and as a high school senior captured a bronze in the 200 breaststroke in 1999.

Gangloff graduated from Auburn in 2005 and is currently the Assistant Swimming and Diving coach at the University of Missouri. He and his wife Ashley, a former national champion diver at Auburn, have one daughter and reside in Columbia, Missouri.

Inducted 2013 | Swimming