INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: World Points – 753, Pre-1986 Points –
100, Total Points – 852; Since 1977, he has competed in seven age groups (25-29
thru 55-59); 30 FINA MASTERS WORLD RECORDS;
Spieker is a humble, reserved, fun-loving, compatible Masters swimmer who
competes and trains in the water with the intensity of a lion, the consistency
of an elephant and the methodical approach of a leopard. During his 28
year Masters swimming career, he has set 30 FINA Masters World Records, won 24
FINA Masters World Championships and won 70 U.S. Masters Swimming National
Championships, accumulating 852 total Masters points with all of these
achievements. He credits everyone else for his success.
began swimming competitively at the age of eight as a member of the Palo Alto
Swim Club in California, but it was not until four years later at the age of
twelve that he won his first race. It proved that hard work and consistency pays
off- the inspiration that Tod uses to excel in his swimming, business and life
outstanding swimmer and water polo player at Menlo Atherton High School, Tod was
a two-time High School All- American in three events during his junior and
senior years. He won 40 dual meet high school races without losing. Tod’s high
school coach, Bob Gaughren said, “Tod was an outstanding high school swimmer who
was the hardest working kid on the team. Once before a big meet, he slipped in
the locker room creating a huge cut on his eye. The team doctor stitched him up
and Tod went on to swim the 200 yard and 400 yard freestyles and helped us win.
He won the “most courageous award that year”.
was a collegiate letterman at UCLA, receiving All-American honors in the
backstroke his senior year. College coach Bob Horn calls Tod “dedicated and
tough, and the most loyal Bruin through and through”.
has had the occasion to work with Hall of Fame coach Richard Quick who says,
“It’s inspirational for me to be around Tod because he is so driven and is
willing to try new things in his swimming and training, even though he has been
doing this a very long time and very successfully.”
Hall of Fame coach Nort Thornton said, “I coached Tod as an age grouper and have
known him since he was nine years old. He was always figuring his splits, a
number cruncher who knew where he needed to be on every lap, on all his strokes.
He has never lost his enthusiasm for swimming. It is a great passion for him. He
is about as much as a swimming nut as you can get. I really appreciate Tod.
He is a rare individual.”
all talk about his commitment to swimming and desire to give back to the sport.
father, Warren, calls Tod, “A very disciplined person. It was his inspiration to
work hard to be the best at something. He’s been a success in business because
of it, too.”
28 in 1977, Tod entered his first Masters swim meet and now has competed in
seven consecutive age groups. He swims for the Olympic Club Masters but does
most of his training with the Rinconada Masters. Says Rinconada coach Carol Tait
McPherson, “Tod trains very hard and is all business in the pool. You don’t talk
to Tod in the middle of a set and you don’t mess around in workouts. We are very
proud of him.” Olympic Club Masters coach Scott Williams commented, “It’s been a
real pleasure to coach him because he’s taught me how to be a real coach.”
remembers his first Masters Nationals in 1977. It was a hazy morning at
the Hall of Fame Pool in Fort Lauderdale when he swam the 200 yard backstroke
and won the race, setting a National record and swimming a few seconds better
than the month before. It was a success that Tod worked to achieve again and
again over the years.
1986, Tod has accumulated 51 first place, 30 second place and 25 third place
Masters world rankings in all events except butterfly and breaststroke. He has
competed in seven Masters World Championships since 1986, winning 20 gold