Dana Vollmer

Dana Vollmer
Dana Vollmer
Personal information
Full name Dana Vollmer
Nationality  United States
Born November 13, 1987 (1987-11-13) (age 23)
Syracuse, New York
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Butterfly, freestyle
Club California Aquatics
College team California, Berkeley

Dana Vollmer (born November 13, 1987) is an American college and international swimmer and Olympic gold medalist. At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece she won a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay with Natalie Coughlin, Kaitlin Sandeno, and Carly Piper that set the world record in the event.[1]

She has won a total of twenty-seven medals in major international competition, fifteen gold, eight silver, and four bronze spanning the Olympics, the World Championships, the Pan American Games, the Pan Pacific Championships, and the Goodwill Games.



Though born in Syracuse, New York, she was raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex suburb of Granbury, Texas. As a child, Vollmer swam for coach Ron Forrest at the Fort Worth Area Swim Team (FAST).

Collegiately, she initially swam for the University of Florida, before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley.

In 2003, Dana underwent heart surgery to correct a condition called Supra Ventricular Tachyardia, which produces a quickened pulse rate of about 240 beats per minute. After that surgery, an EKG indicated that she might have Long QT Syndrome; however, further testing indicated that she did not have the syndrome. Nonetheless, her heart conditions demand that a defibrillator be kept poolside when she swims as a precautionary measure.[2]

Dana married Andy Grant on August 20, 2011.

Swimming career

At age 12, she was the youngest swimmer competing at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials; she failed to make the team. She was also the youngest competitor to swim at the 2001 Goodwill Games.

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, she was a member of the United States' gold medal winning 4x200-meter freestyle relay team; as well as attaining the gold medal, the team broke the previous world record that had stood for 17 years.[3]

At the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, Vollmer won a gold medal in the 4x200-meter freestyle. She also won silver in the 4x100 m freestyle and the 4x100-meter medley.

On February 25, 2009, she set her first individual American record, breaking Natalie Coughlin's 200-yard freestyle record with a time of 1:41.53.

At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Vollmer won two medals a silver and a bronze. In the 200-meter freestyle, Vollmer set an American record in the semifinals with a time of 1:55.29. In the final of the 200-meter freestyle, Vollmer placed third and her American record was broken by Allison Schmitt.[4] In the 4x200 m freestyle relay, Vollmer swam the leadoff leg in 1:55.29. The American team finished in second place behind China with a time of 7:42.56.[5]

At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, Vollmer won a total of three medals, two golds and one silver. In her first event, the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, Vollmer won a silver medal with Natalie Coughlin, Jessica Hardy, and Missy Franklin. After setting the national record in the semifinals of the 100-meter butterfly (56.47), Vollmer won gold in the final with a time of 56.87. In the 4×100-meter medley relay, Vollmer won gold with Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni, and Missy Franklin with a time of 3:52.36, over three seconds ahead of second-place finisher China. Swimming the butterfly leg, Vollmer had a split of 55.74. The final time of 3:52.36 for the medley relay was the second-fastest effort of all time, just behind the Chinese owned world record of 3:52.19.[6]

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