Height: 5-11 (180.3 cm)
Residence: Berkeley, Calif.
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Fla.
High School: Bainbridge HS '04
College: Cal-Berkeley '08
College Major: American Studies
Coached By: Teri Mckeever
Club: California Aquatics (CAL-CA)

2008 Olympic silver medalist

Career Highlights

  • 2008 Olympic Games: Silver, 400m FR-R 
  • World Champs History: 2005: Bronze, 400m FR-R(pr)
  • WUGs History: 2007: Gold, 400m FR-R; Silver, 400m MR-R
  • NCAA History: 2007(Jr): 1, 400/800 FR-R/400y MR-R; 2, 200y MR-R: 3, 100y FR: 4, 50y FR; 10, 200y FR
  • 2007 World Rankings: 23rd, 50m free; 23rd, 100m free; 79th, 200m free

Additional Honors

  • National Teams: 2005 National A Team
  • Collegiate: Freshman Year MVP...All-American...school record-holder in the 50m free
  • High School: Won 50 and 100 free at high school state championships four years in a row, becoming the first person in Washington to do so


  • Parents: Bob and Mary Sue...Bob swam at Indiana University from 1970-71, then transferred to the University of Arizona to swim and finish school
  • Sibling(s): Older sister (Kerry) who graduated from the University of Washington...older brother (Patrick) who graduated from Washington State University...older sister (Helen) who is two years older and also swam at Cal-Berkeley
  • Notable Relative(s): Uncle (Larry Barbiere) was a 1968 Olympian in swimming...he took fourth in the 100m back
  • Sports Played Before Swimming: Soccer, basketball, water polo
  • Nickname(s): Rocket Mouse..."My nickname from my parents growing up was Mouse. In high school, they started calling me the Rocket because of swimming."
  • Pet(s): One dog (Rudy)
  • Hobbies Outside the Pool: Photography, drawing, sleeping, shopping, relaxing with friends
  • Ultimate Way to Relax: Driving in my car by myself and singing along while the music is at full blast