Watch as American Olympian Josh Prenot talks about how his swim team community had a big effect on his life growing up in a military family. He also touches on his eventual decision to focus on swimming over baseball and the influence of his idol, Lenny Krayzelburg.
Born July 28, 1993 to parents Billy and Tammy, Prenot is a junior at the University of California, Berkeley. The physics major is from Santa Maria, Calif. where he was home-schooled and swam for Santa Maria Swim Club. Prenot is extremely versatile, and has done the rare butterfly/breaststroke double, but his specialty is the IM. He’s a member of the U.S. National Team for the 200m breaststroke and both the IM events. In club swimming, he focused on the long course events more heavily than the short course season. Even though he was a top recruit in the 2012 recruiting class, his ranking didn’t completely reflect his talent and ability due to his short course times. He holds Cal’s fastest 200 and 400 IM times in history.
Prenot qualified for his first Olympic Games this summer when he broke the U.S. open and American record in the 200 meter breaststroke in 2:07.17, beating out 100 meter champion, Kevin Cordes. That time is also the 2nd fastest in the event ever, behind world record holder Akhiro Yamaguchi. At the midway point, Prenot turned in 4th place, but his final two splits were the fastest in the field and helped him storm to finish first in 59.60.