Despite retiring from competitive swimming in 2008, Jensen remains the American record holder in both the 400m and 1500m freestyle events. Known as one of the greatest American distance swimmers in history, Jensen’s 2004 Olympic silver medal in the 1500m was the highest finish for an American swimmer in that event since 1984.
Jensen’s competitive swimming began at the age of 12 at the urging of his mother – an elite swimmer in her own right. At the start of his final year of high school, Jensen and his parents arranged for him to move to Mission Viejo, California. For that year, Jensen lived with a host family and attended Mission Viejo High School. Upon completing high school, Jensen decided to stay in the area for college. He attended the University of Southern California where he was a seven time All-American and three-time NCAA champion. Jensen graduated from USC in 2007 and remained with Trojan Swim Club in preparation for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
In addition to his success at the collegiate level, Jensen remains one the most internationally decorated American distance swimmers. Not only did Jensen win a silver medal (1500m freestyle) at the 2004 Olympic Games and a bronze medal (400m freestyle) at the 2008 Olympic Games, he also is a two-time 2005 World Championship silver medalist, and six-time U.S. National Champion. Jensen remains the American Record holder in the 400m and 1500m freestyle events, both of which are the longest standing American swimming records, male or female.
After the conclusion of the 2008 Olympics games, Jensen retired from competitive swimming at the age of 23 to pursue a service career in the U.S. Navy. In 2011, Jensen graduated from the US Navy SEAL BUD/S training program at the top of his class. Over the next three years Jensen completed several deployments and training missions. Despite many inquiries about his experience as a Navy SEAL, Jensen consistently responds by saying, “Some things are better left unsaid and remain between the people who are part of that. But I’m tremendously proud of what I’m doing. Obviously, it’s a very difficult thing to get into. To be in the presence of those who made it through … and proven themselves by doing tremendous, brave things. It’s a humbling experience.”
After concluding his service with the Navy in early 2015, Jensen will matriculate in the Fall of 2015 at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Larsen is a welcomed addition to Evolution Swim Academy and our ownership group. Larsen will be able to share from his life and sports experience to better improve our overall business operations and our learn-to-swim curriculum.