Kristy Kowal

Position
Olympic Silver Medalist & Former World Record Holder
2017 Headliner for Elite Breaststroke Camp

Kristy Kowal won the silver medal in the 200 meter breaststroke at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She is also a 2 time World Champion (1998) in the 100 Meter breaststroke and on the 400 medley relay, where she also won the silver in the 200 meter breaststroke. She has won multiple international swimming medals in addition to breaking 8 American Records and 1 World record during her career.  Kristy was the first American woman to win the World Championship title in the 100 meter breaststroke and also the first American woman to break the one minute barrier in the 100 yard breaststroke.

At the University of Georgia (UGA), Kowal helped her team to win two NCAA titles. She was the first woman in the Southeastern Conference history to win the 100 and 200 yard Breaststroke titles in 4 consecutive years. She was the NCAA Swimmer of the Year in 1999 and 2000 and also named NCAA Woman of the Year in 2000. 

Kowal has been inducted into the University of Georgia’s prestigious Circle of Honor, the Pennsylvania Aquatic Hall of Fame, the National Polish-American Hall of Fame, the Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame, and most recently the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.  A former Elite Breaststroke camp headliner, we are thrilled to have Kowal back to share her enthusiasm and expertise with our campers!

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