Height: 5-9 (175.3 cm)
Birthplace: Tucson, Ariz.
High School: Mountain View HS '04
College: Arizona '09
College Major: Physical Education
Coached By: Frank Busch
Club: University of Arizona


Career Highlights

Member of the world record-breaking 800m freestyle relay at the 2007 World Championships...also set an American Record and won silver on the women's 400m free relay...earned two gold medals swimming relays (400m and 800m free relays) at the 2006 Pan Pacifics...was the runner-up in the 50y and 100y free at the 2006 NCAA Championships...earned silver in the 400m medley relay (prelims) and bronze in the 400m free relay at her first World Championships (2005)...finished second in the 100y free at the 2005 NCAAs.

  • Olympic History: 2008: Silver, 400m FR-R 
  • World Champs History: 2007: Gold, 800m FR-R(WR); Silver, 400m FR-R(AR)/400m MR-R...2005: Silver, 400m MR-R(pr); Bronze, 400m FR-R
  • Pan Pacs History: 2006: Gold, 400m FR-R(AR) & 800m FR-R(CR); 10, 200m FR
  • Duel in the Pool History: 2005: Silver, 400m FR-R; 5, 50m & 100m FR
  • NCAA History: 2006(So): 1, 200y/400y FR-R & 400y MR-R; 2, 50y/100y FR & 800y FR-R; 4, 200y FR...2007(Jr): 1, 200y FR/200y FR-R; 2, 100y FR/400y FR-R/400y MR-R; 3, 50y FR; 4, 800y FR-R
  • 2007 World Rankings: 20th, 100m free; 37th, 200m free
  • 2006 World Rankings: 25th, 50m free; 8th, 100m free; 16th, 200m free; 96th, 400m free
  • 2005 World Rankings: 48th, 50m free; 25th, 100m free; 94th, 200m free



Holds WR in 800m FR-R, set at 2007 World Championships...holds AR in 400m FR-R, set at

2007 World Championships


Additional Honors

  • National Teams: Two-time National A Team (2005-06)
  • High School: Three-time USA Swimming Scholastic All-American in high school...first-team allcity and first-team all-state all four years of high school



  • Parents: Aaron and Stacey...father is a custom home builder, and mother is a homemaker
  • Sibling(s): Two younger brothers (Sterling and Brentyn)...Sterling plays football, and Brentyn plays basketball
  • Notable Relative(s): Grandfather (Ed Nymeyer) is in the Arizona Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Future Professional Aspirations: High school athletic director
  • Sports Played Before Swimming: Cross country, soccer, track and field
  • Nickname(s): "Pearl" or "Lace"...nicknamed "Pearl" after coach (Frank Busch) found out it was her middle name
  • Pet(s): One dog (Kodie) is a Rottweiler
  • Hobbies Outside the Pool: Making jewelry
  • Ultimate Way to Relax: Sitting outside watching the beautiful Tucson sunset
  • Most Influential Person: Mother..."She doesn't really care about my swimming successes, but she does everything she can to make sure I am happy and that I'm supported in everything."
  • Training Stats: Swims 5-10,000 meters/yards per day, 4-5 hours a day, 6 days a week
  • Favorites: U.S. city: Tucson, Ariz....band: Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers