Annette Salmeen

Annette Elizabeth Salmeen (born December 7, 1974)[1] is an American biochemist, a 1997 Rhodes Scholar[2] and a gold medalist at the 1996 Summer Olympics.[3]

Annette Salmeen
Personal information
Full nameAnnette Elizabeth Salmeen
National team United States
Born (1974-12-07) December 7, 1974
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
StrokesButterfly, freestyle
College teamUniversity of California, Los Angeles

Swimming career

Salmeen was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She was a competitive swimmer by the age of 9, and became a standout swimmer at Huron High School in Ann Arbor, where she was co-captain of the girls' swimming team for two years.[4] While at Huron, Salmeen was three-time state champion in the 500-yard freestyle, and once in the 100-yard butterfly.[4] Salmeen went on to swim at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she was a co-captain, four-time All-American, and a NCAA national champion in the 200-yard butterfly.[5] She won a bronze medal in the 200-meter butterfly[6] at the 1995 World University Games in Fukuoka, Japan.[3] Salmeen qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team for the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, where she earned a gold medal for swimming for the winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the women's 4×200-meter freestyle relay.[3] In individual competition at the Olympics, she finished 4th in the B Final (12th overall) in the women's 200-meter butterfly.[7]

Rhodes Scholarship

Salmeen graduated from UCLA in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to pursue a Doctorate of Philosophy (D. Phil.) in biochemistry at Oxford University.[8] During her four years at St John's College, Oxford,[9] she was a member of the Oxford University Swimming Club, where she set three long-course records and six on the short-course.[5]

Stanford University

She earned her doctorate in 2001,[8] and returned to the U.S. as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University.[10] In 2005, she was named to the board of the United States Anti-Doping Agency and again came back to Stanford University where she teaches as of 2015.[11]

See also


  1. "Annette Salmeen". SR/Olympic Sports. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 25, 2009.
  2. Foster, Chris (April 26, 2008). "He takes Rhodes detour". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved December 25, 2009.
  3. "Annette Salmeen". Daily Bruin. June 9, 1997. Retrieved December 25, 2009.
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 29, 2010. Retrieved 2009-12-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Huron High School, River Rat Hall of Fame, accessed December 18, 2009
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 5, 2007. Retrieved 2009-12-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Ann Arbor Swim Club profile
  6. Summer Universiade Results Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved December 18, 2009.
  7. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 8, 2012. Retrieved 2009-12-18.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame
  8. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 13, 2011. Retrieved 2014-07-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) UCLA Chemistry Department profile
  9. "Oxonian Olympians". University of Oxford. Archived from the original on September 20, 2012. Retrieved August 20, 2012.
  10. UCLA Grad Salmeen Selected for USADA Board, March 8, 2005
  11. Annette Salmeen, Stanford University 2014-2015"
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