A Breath Of Fresh Air: Despite his asthma, Tom Dolan of Michigan blew away the NCAA field

By Gerry Callahan, Sports Illustrated
Originally Published: April 03, 1995

At first glance he seems to be the work of some mad marine biologist bent on creating the ideal swimmer. Tom Dolan is as long and lean as an eel, with a wingspan that stretches halfway across the pool and a body-fat count that measures all of 3%. He stands 6’6″, weighs 180 pounds in a wet Speedo, and trains as if the second-place finisher gets fed to the sharks.

Swimming, quite literally, comes more naturally to Dolan than breathing, which makes his accomplishments even more astonishing. At the NCAA championships last week in Indianapolis, Dolan set three American records and led Michigan to its first national title in 34 years. As always, he did it while struggling just to catch his breath….Click here to read on


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