Craig Siegel

About me

Introduction I am a 55 year old cardiologist and Masters swimmer living in Austin, Texas with my wife Trish, a beautiful and talented artist, my daughter Jennifer, who has retired from swimming to concentrate on her studies (but not before eclipsing me in the 500 free!), and my son Joshua, best friend and formidable table hockey opponent. As a freshman in high school I was without question the slowest swimmer on the team, and although I was voted team captain as a senior I never qualified for state. I walked on to the Division I team at Harvard because it never occurred to me that I couldn't, and I made the traveling squad as a freshman becuase the interim head coach, Pete Orscheidt, liked my heart and overlooked my lack of talent. I swam the 1000 and the 500 in every meet because no one else wanted to and as a sophmore just missed the cuts for Easterns in both events (neither of which I split very well). After a summer of swimming at Dad's Club between my sophmore and junior years, I returned in great shape but reluctantly left the team in the fall to focus on Organic Chemistry and my other premed classes. Thirty years later, I am still in pursuit of the perfect race.