Dana Vollmer

Granbury, Texas
BIRTHDATE    November 13, 1987
HEIGHT    6' 1" (185.4 cm)
BIRTHDATE November 13, 1987
HEIGHT 6' 1" (185.4 cm)
California Aquatics (CAL-CA)
Teresa McKeever

  • Three-Time Olympian (2016, 2012, 2004)

  • Seven Olympic Games medals (5g, 1s, 1b)

  • Ten World Champs LCM medals (4g, 4s, 2b)

  • High School Granbury H.S. '05

  • College University of California Berkeley '10

  • College Major Anthropology

  • Future Professional Aspirations Marketing

  • Parents Les and Cathy ... father is a nuclear technician and mother is an elementary school teacher ... mom swam until the 8th grade, where she held New England records

  • Spouse Married Andy Grant, who swam at Stanford, in the fall of 2011 ... The couple has one son, Arlen, born in 2015.

  • Sibling(s) One older brother, Nick, is an AP English teacher and high school swim coach

  • Started Swimming Age 5 ... "My mom was a coach- had me on a pool deck in backpack before I could walk."

  • Sports Played Before Swimming Soccer, gymnastics, basketball, track, volleyball

  • Pet(s) One dog, Mallie (English Bulldog)

  • Hobbies Outside the Pool Woodworking, crafts, interior design, playing piano

  • Ultimate Way to Relax Hot shower ... then curl up with a good book!

  • Most Influential Person Parents and coaches ... mom is into hard training and dad works on her technique

  • Affiliated non-profits or Organizations American Heart Association ... "I had a heart condition at age 14, possibly never able to swim again, [but] kept on swimming."

  • Training Stats Swims 12k a day ... 5.5 hours a day ... 2 workouts a day, 5-6 days a week

  • More At age 12, she was the youngest competitor at the 2000 Olympic Trials ... at age 13, she was the youngest member of 2001 Goodwill Games team ... took fifth in the 100m fly at 2003 Spring Nationals, just 11 days after a minor heart surgery (Radio-frequency Ablation)

  • More Attended the Univ. of Florida for her freshman season, then transferred to Cal-Berkeley in 2006

  • More "I make multiple trips a year to train in the ocean under Milt Nelms. I also do a lot of training outside the water: pilates, volleyball, spin classes, hip-hop, ballroom dance."

  • More "I love projects! I built a desk, watch display case, frames, headboard and working on repairing a new piano. A teammate is moving in with me, so I surprised her with a completely designed room (built the heaboard and large frames). She loved it!

  • Favorites U.S. city: Berkeley, Calif. ... int'l destination: Australia ... band: Nickelback ... movie: Boondock Saints ... t.v. shows: Family Guy, The Girls Next Door

Career Highlights
  • Three-time Olympian and seven-time Olympic medalist
  • Won three medals at the 206 Olympic Games 16 months after giving birth to first child
  • Took bronze in the 100m fly, gold in the 400m medley relay and silver in the 400m free relay
  • Finished second in the 100m butterfly at 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to qualify for her third Olympic Team
  • Placed fourth in the 100m fly just 5 months after giving birth to a son, Arlen, at the 2015 Phillips 66 National Championships
  • Won bronze in the 100m fly and gold in the 400m medley relay at the 2013 FINA World Championships
  • Qualified for the 2013 FINA World Championships with a win in the 100m fly at Phillips 66 Nationals
  • Won gold in the 800m free relay, the 400m medley relay (WR) and the 100m fly, setting a WR and a best time of 55.98 at the 2012 Olympic Games in London
  • Qualified for the 2012 Olympic team by finishing first in the 100m fly (setting both a U.S. Open record and American record in prelims and semis, respectively) and third in the 200m free
  • Won her first individual world title in the 100m fly at the 2011 FINA World Championships; also took home gold in the 4x100m medley relay and silver in the 4x100m free relay; placed seventh in the 50m fly and 100m free
  • Won the 100m fly and finished third in the 100m free at the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships
  • Claimed two silvers and a bronze medal in the 4x100m free-relay, 4x100m med-relay, and the 100m fly respectively at the 2010 FINA Short Course World Championships
  • Defended her 100m free national title while placing second in the 100m fly and 200m free events at the 2010 CP National Championships
  • Grabbed four gold medals at the 2010 MOO Pan Pacific Championships in the 100m fly as well as the 800m free, 400m free and 400m medley relays
  • Captured silver in the 800m free relay and bronze in the 200m free at the 2009 FINA World Championships
  • Won the 100m and 200m free at the 2009 National Championships
  • Claimed NCAA titles in the 100y and 200y free as well as the 400y and 800y free relays
  • Named NCAA Swimmer of the Year, Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year and Honda Sports Award Winner for swimming in 2009
  • Member of the world record-setting women's 800m freestyle relay at the 2007 World Championships
  • Earned gold as a member of the 800m free relay at the 2006 Pan Pacifics
  • Gold medalist on the 800m free relay that broke the 17-year-old world record at the 2004 Olympic Games; also finished sixth in the 200m free
Olympics History
  • 2016: Bronze, 100m Fl; Gold, 400m MR; Silver, 400m FR-R
  • 2012: Gold, 100m FL; Gold, 800m FR-R; Gold, 400m MR
  • 2004: Gold, 800m FR (WR); 6th, 200m FR
World Champs History
  • 2013: Gold, 400m MR; Bronze, 100m FL; 8th, 50m FL
  • 2011: Gold, 100m FL; Gold, 400m MR; Silver, 400m FR-R; 7th, 100m FR; 7th, 100m FL
  • 2009: Silver, 800m FR-R; Bronze, 200m FR
  • 2007: Gold, 800m FR-R; Silver 400m FR-R (pr); Silver, 400m MR (pr)
Pan Pacs History
  • 2010: Gold, 100m FL & 400m/800m FR-R & 400m MR; Bronze, 100m FR
  • 2006: Gold, 800m FR-R(CR); 5th, 200m FR
Pan Ams History
  • 2003: Gold, 200m FR & 800m FR-R(GR) & 400m MR(GR)
WUGs History
  • 2005: Gold, 400m FR-R(GR) & 400m MR(pr); Silver, 50m FL
SC Worlds History
  • 2010: Silver 400m FR-R, 400m MR; Bronze, 100m FL
  • 2004: Gold, 800m FR-R & 400m FR-R(pr); Bronze, 200m FR
Olympic Trials History
  • 2016: 2nd, 100m FL; 6th, 100m FR; 6th, 50m FR
  • 2012: Gold, 100m FL; Bronze, 200m FR; 7th, 100m FR
  • 2008: 5th, 100m FL; 7th, 200m FR; 9th 100m FR, 26th 50m FR
  • 2004: Gold, 200m FR; 5th, 100m FL; 16th, 200m FL/50 FR
U.S. Nationals History
  • 2013: 1st, 100m FL
NCAA History
  • 2009 (Sr): 1st, 100y FR/200y FR/200y FR-R/400y FR-R; 4th, 100y FL
  • 2008 (Jr): 2nd, 100y FL/200y FR-R/400y FR-R; 3rd, 800y FR-R; 4th, 200y MD-R; 5th, 200y FL/400y MD-R
  • 2007 (So): 1st, 100y FL/400y FR-R/800y FR-R/400y MR-R; 2nd, 200y MR-R; 3rd, 200y FL; 9th, 50y FR
  • 3x Olympian
  • Son, Arlen, born March 6, 2015

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