Mark Lenzi graduated from Stafford High School in 1986.
In college of 1989 he swept the Big 10 titles in the 1-meter, 3-meter and platform competitions, then went on to win the first of his back-to-back 1-meter national championships in 1989 becoming NCAA Diver of the Year in both 1989 and 1990.
Mark Lenzi won the Gold medal in the 3-meter springboard competition at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona and won Bronze on that same event at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. An 8-time national champion, Lenzi was also a 2-time World Cup gold medalist.
Lenzi's impressive resume includes 16 international competitions on one and three-meter springboard championships. He became the first diver to score over 700 points (762.35) on the three-meter springboard for 11 dives, surpassing Greg Lougani's 1983 world record for the highest ever score. He became the first diver to score over 100 points on a single dive (reverse 3-12 tuck) and the first American to complete a forward 4-1/2 somersault in competition.
Lenzi was selected as USA Diving's Athlete of the Year in 1991 and 1992. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hallf of Fame in 2003. Mark passed away on April 9th, 2012 at the age of 43.
The Mark Lenzi Diving Well located at the Rouse Center has been dedicated in his name. Please stop by our Stafford Sports Wall of Fame located in the lobby of our center to see more on Mark and other Olympians of Stafford County.