Allison Schmitt

Allison is an eight-time Olympic medalist, fresh from her victory last month in the 200-meter freestyle in the U.S. national championships. She is training for her fourth Olympics, a landmark that only two other American female swimmers have ever achieved. 

Her long career in the Olympics, in which she has specialized in freestyle events, stretches from Beijing (2008) to London (2012) to Rio de Janiero (2016). In addition to her Olympic success, Allison has won an additional nine medals in other major international competitions. She was a four-time NCAA national champion in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events, and led the University of Georgia swim team that won the national championship in 2013. Allison was named SwimSwam’s Swammy Award-winner of the Female Swimmer of the Year in 2012, and was inducted into the Michigan Hall of Fame in 2019.

Allison is working on a master’s degree in social work in preparation for a career in counseling.