Born Sept. 14, 1993 in San Jose, Calif., Adam Hinshaw is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley. Hinshaw has an athletic family – his father, Brad, swam at UCLA, his brother, Ben, swam for Cal from 2010-2013, and his eldest brother, Ryan, swam for Indiana. Originally from Saratoga, Calif. Hinshaw attended Saratoga High School where he was a 10-time All-American. He maintained a 4.0 GPA in high school before setting his sight on the Haas School of Business. As a top 10 recruit in the class of 2011, Hinshaw checked out other universities including Indiana, USC, Virginia, and Georgia before signing with Cal. As an age group swimmer for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics Hinshaw obtained numerous Pacific Swimming records as well as National Age Group records.
In his freshman season Hinshaw set the Cal school record in the 1,650. He also earned an All-American nod after finishing fifth in the 400 IM at the NCAA Championships. He also was an Honorable Mention All-American in the in the 1,650 after touching 11th. At the Pac 12 Championships he finished third in the 1,650 and 400 IM as well as sixth in the 500 freestyle.
Hinshaw went after more school records his sophomore year at Cal. He obtained Cal’s second-fastest time in history in the 400 IM and the program’s fifth-best time in the 500 freestyle. At the NCAA Championships Hinshaw earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in the 400 IM and 500 freestyle after touching 10th and 12th, helping the Bears finish to a national title.
In the 2014 Championship season, Hinshaw picked up a third-place finish in the mile, sixth in the 500 freestyle and second behind teammate, Josh Prenot, in the 400 IM at the Pac 12 Championships. At NCAA’s Hinshaw came in 10th in the 400 IM, 12th in the 400 IM and 20th in the mile.
Hinshaw is currently in his senior season at Cal.
Hinshaw has been a member of the USA Swimming National and National Junior Team. At the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Hawaii Hinshaw placed sixth in the 800m freestyle. He also swam the 200m and 400m freestyle events as well as the 400m IM as well as the Open Water 10k.
At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Hinshaw placed 10th in the 400m IM and 14th 1500m freestyle, making it to a semi-final in the IM. Later on that year he dropped five seconds to grab a silver medal in the 200m IM at the U.S. Open.