Representing Northside H.S. as a swimmer, Gean set state records in the 100yd and 200yd butterfly in 1970. Attending the University of Missouri on a swimming scholarship, Gean set school records in the 200yd and 1000yd freestyle and the 200yd and 400yd I.M. He was a member of the UofM 800yd freestyle relay that qualified for the NCAA’s three consecutive years. Competing as a Masters Swimmer, Gean hold state records in seven events and was ranked in the Top 10 in the nation in 1988 and 1989 in the 35-39 year old age-group in the 1000yd freestyle. In 1989, Gean was also ranked in the Top 10 in the 200yd butterfly.