Athlete, Newport (Bellevue) High School (1988-92)
Ugur was an accomplished student-athlete at Newport (Bellevue) High School, where he thrived as a swimmer.
He was awarded the Most Valuable Swimmer at Newport three times (1989-1992), and named as a High School All-American (1990-1992). The Seattle Times crowned him as the Eastside Athlete of the Year (1992). He still holds records set during his senior year in the 50-yard Freestyle and 100-yard Freestyle. In addition to the State Meet records, Ugur broke National High School records in the 50 Freestyle with a time of 20.02 seconds, the 100 Butterfly with a time of 48.14 seconds, and the 100 Freestyle with a 43.73 second split (1992). These State Meet records are the oldest records still standing in WIAA Boys Swimming across all classifications.
He is recognized as one of the most accomplished male swimmers to come from the state of Washington and the Pacific Northwest. After high school, he competed at the Barcelona Olympics for Turkey (1992). Ugur then swam for the University of California and was a three-time NCAA Division I National Champion in the 200 Butterfly. He won a Gold Medal as a member of the U.S. 400 Freestyle Relay team at the 1994 World Championships.
He was inducted into the Washington Interscholastic Swim Coaches Hall of Fame (2008) and remains the Newport High School record holder in the 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free and 100 Butterfly. He was an exceptional leader as a result of his work ethic, goal setting and inspirational sportsmanship.
Ugur continues to be involved with swimming, teaching lessons and coaching. He resides in Half Moon Bay, Calif., with his wife and six kids.