Katie Meili

Catherine Michelle "Katie" Meili (born April 16, 1991) is a former American competitive swimmer, who won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the 100 meter breaststroke and a gold medal for swimming the preliminary heats of the 4 × 100-meter medley relay.

Katie Meili
Personal information
Full nameCatherine Michelle Meili
National team United States
Born (1991-04-16) April 16, 1991[1]
Carrollton, Texas[2]
Height5 ft 7 in (170 cm)[2]
Weight135 lb (61 kg)[2]
StrokesBreaststroke, freestyle, individual medley
ClubSwimMAC Carolina[3]
College teamColumbia University[4]

Personal life

Meili was born in Carrollton, Texas, and her hometown is Colleyville, Texas.[2] She graduated from Nolan Catholic High School in 2009 and Columbia University in 2013. As of 2019 she attends Georgetown Law School and is an assistant coach for their swim team. On July 8, 2019 she officially announced her retirement from competitive swimming.[5]



In 2014, Meili won the 100-yard freestyle and 200-yard individual medley events at the short-course winter national championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.[3] At the 2015 US Nationals in San Antonio, Texas, she won her first long-course national title, in the 100-meter breaststroke.[6] At the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Canada, she won the gold medal in the 100-meter breaststroke.[7] In the heats she broke the Pan Am Games record with a time of 1:05.64.[8] At the Duel in the Pool meet in December 2015, she broke the world record in the 4×100-meter medley relay (short course) together with her teammates Courtney Bartholomew, Kelsi Worrell, and Simone Manuel.[9]

2016 Summer Olympics

In 2016, Meili placed second in the 100-meter breaststroke at the US Olympic Trials and qualified for the US Olympic team for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. At the Olympics, she touched third in the 100-meter breaststroke behind Lilly King and Yuliya Yefimova, earning her the bronze medal. She also swam the breaststroke leg of the 4 × 100-meter medley relay in the preliminary heats, splitting a quick 1:04.93, to help the US qualify for the final.[10] She earned a gold medal when the US team won in the finals.

2017 World Championships

At the 2017 World Aquatics Championships, Meili won silver in the 100-meter breaststroke with a personal best time of 1:05.03, two-hundredths of a second ahead of third-place finisher Yefimova.[11]

Personal best times

Event Time Location Date Notes
50 m breaststroke 29.99 Budapest July 30, 2017
100 m breaststroke 1:05.03 Budapest July 25, 2017
200 m breaststroke 2:23.69 Austin January 15, 2016


  1. "National Team Bios – Katie Meili". USA Swimming. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  2. "Katie Meili Swimming". Team USA. Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  3. "Katie Meili Gets Second National Title With 100 Free Win At USA Swimming Nationals". Swimming World. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  4. Murtishaw, Charlotte (May 20, 2013). "Senior profile: Katie Meili, CC". Columbia Daily Spectator. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  5. "Olympic Medalist Katie Meili '13CC Retires From Swimming". Columbia Athletics. Columbia University. 2019-07-09. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  6. "Video Interview: Katie Meili Wins First National Title". Swimming World. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  7. Bowmile, Mitch (July 20, 2015). "Katie Meili – That was one out of my dreams". Swimswam. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  8. Clark, Christian (August 5, 2015). "Colleyville swimmer sets sights on Olympics". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  9. Lohn, John (December 12, 2015). "Duel in the Pool: Team USA goes on record assault to secure 74-48 advantage". Swimvortex. Retrieved December 13, 2015.
  10. "Katie Meili's Split Leads Americans to Dominant Top Seed in 4x100 Medley Relay". Swimming World Magazine. 2016-08-12. Retrieved 2016-08-21.
  11. "2017 FINA World Championships: Day 3 Finals Live Recap". SwimSwam. 2017-07-25. Retrieved 2017-07-26.
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