In 1972, FAST had its first swimmer qualify for the U.S. Olympic Team when seventeen year-old Carolyn Woods placed second in the 200-meter Individual Medley at the Olympic Trials in Chicago. Woods finished just 0.2 seconds behind Lynn Vidali of San Francisco, a 1968 Olympian who went on to win Bronze in the 200 IM at the 1972 Games. In Munich, Woods raced in the Final of the 200 IM and finished in eighth place with a time of 2:27.42.
At the next Olympics in 1976, FAST had its first Olympic Medalist in Rod Strachan. At the Olympic Trials in Long Beach, California, Strachan won the 400-meter Individual Medley to earn a spot on the U.S. team. His winning time of 4:26.79 was a new American Record. At the Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Strachan won Gold and set a new World Record in the event with his time of 4:23.68. This record stood for over two years, until August of 1978. Strachan was the second Olympian for FAST, but the first for a very special coach, the legendary Jon Urbanchek. Since Strachan, Urbanchek has guided 45 swimmers to the Olympic Games.
At the time of Strachan's success, a young Janet Evans was just four years old, but already in the pool in Fullerton. Twelve years later at the age of 16, Evans qualified for her first U.S. Olympic team and competed at the 1988 Games in Seoul, South Korea. Evans became the golden girl of American distance swimming when she earned three Gold Medals in her first Olympics. She won the 400-meter Freestyle, 800-meter Freestyle, and 400-meter Individual Medley events in Seoul. Evans' winning time of 4:03.85 in the 400 Free set a new World Record that stood until May 12, 2006 when it was eclipsed by the French phenom, Laure Manadou. Evans' 4:03.85 is still world class and would currently rank fifth in the world (2012).
Evans represented the United States at two more Olympic Games, earning Gold in the 800 Free and Silver in the 400 Free at the 1992 Games in Barcelona. At her third Olympic Games in Atlanta, Georgia in 1996, Evans was honored as torchbearer at the opening ceremonies. She finished out of medal contention, but with respectable places of 6th in the 800 Free and 9th in the 400 Free. Evans is a legend in California and throughout the United States for her incredible successes and the longevity of both her career and her records. In addition to the 400 Free record that stood for over 17 years, Evans held the world mark in the 800 Free from July 27, 1987 until it was broken at the Beijing Olympics by Great Britain's Rebecca Adlington, a period of 19 years.
Tyler Clary and Matt McLean continued FAST's tradition of Olympic achievement as members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team that competed in London, England. Clary won Gold in the 200-meter Backstroke in an incredible race with USA teammate Ryan Lochte and Ryosuke Irie of Japan. His time of 1:53.41 set a new Olympic Record in the event. Clary also swam in the Final of the 200-meter Butterfly taking fifth place overall with a time of 1:55.06. McLean also won Gold as a member of the 4 x 200-meter Freestyle relay. McLean split 1:46.68 swimming the second leg of the relay in the Preliminaries. Ryan Lochte, Conor Dwyer, Ricky Berens, and Michael Phelps swam in the evening's Final, leading from start to finish and turning in a time of 6:59.70. Coach Urbanchek served on the coaching staff for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team. It was his sixth consecutive Olympic Games as a member of the coaching staff.