Jerry Heidenreich became a standout swimmer at Hillcrest High School in Dallas, where he won the state championship twice. His stardom continued at Southern Methodist University under famed coach Red Barr, where he became an All-American and set 17 school records. Heidenreich won the NCAA championship in the 200-yard freestyle, setting an American record. At the 1972 Olympics in Munich, Germany, he won four medals - two gold, a silver and a bronze. Heidenreich won the gold in the 4x100 Medley and the 4x100 Freestyle relays. He won a silver in the 100 meter individual Freestyle and a bronze in the 100 meter individual Butterfly. The relay teams broke the world record in the 4x100 Medley and the 4x100 Freestyle. Heidenreich was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.