Height: 5-11 (180.3 cm)
Birthplace: Huntsville, Ala.
Residence: Charlotte, N.C.
High School: Huntsville HS '01
College: Auburn '05
College Major: Psychology, minor in Criminology
Coached By: Sean Hutchison
Club: Unattached

Fast Facts

  • Two-time Olympian (2008, 2004)


Career Highlights

Three-time Olympic medalist at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games (silver in 200m backstroke, silver in 400m medley relay, bronze in 100m backstroke)...Finalist in the 200m back at the 2004 Olympic Games, finishing fifth...double silver medalist in the 200m back at the 2003 and 2005 World Championships...won her first U.S. national title in the 200m back at the 2005 World Championship Trials....won the 200m back at the 2002 Pan Pacifics.

  • Olympic History: 2008: Silver, 400m MR; Silver, 200m BK; Bronze, 100m BK ... 2004: 5, 200m BK
  • World Champs History: 2005: Silver, 200m BK...2003: Gold, 800m FR-R(pr); Silver, 200m BK...2007: Gold, 200m BK(AR)/800m FR-R(pr); 11, 50m BK
  • Pan Pacs History: 2006: Silver, 200m BK; 6, 100m BK...2002: Gold, 200m BK
  • SC Worlds History: 2006: Gold, 200m BK; Silver, 400m MR; Bronze, 800m FR-R(pr); t4, 400m FR-R; 6, 100m BK...2004: Gold, 200m BK; Silver, 400m MR(pr)
  • Duel in the Pool History: 2005: Gold, 200m BK; Silver, 100m BK; 6, 200m FL...2003: Gold, 200m BK; Bronze, 100m BK
  • 2007 World Rankings: 2nd, 200m back; 7th, 100m back; 20th, 50m back; 26th, 50m fly; 23rd, 100m fly; 48th, 200m free; 76th, 50m free
  • 2006 World Rankings: 67th, 200m free; 27th, 100m back; 3rd, 200m back; 38th, 100m fly; 66th, 200m fly
  • 2005 World Rankings: 91st, 200m free; 16th, 100m back; 2nd, 200m back; 41st, 100m fly; 66th, 200m fly
  • National Titles: 200m Back (2): '06 SUM, '05 SPG



Former WR holder in 800m FR-R (SCM) (Prelim), set at 2006 SC World Champs...holds WR in 400m MED-R (SCM), set at 2006 SC World Champs...holds AR in 200m BK, set at 2007 World Championships


Additional Honors

  • National Teams: Five-time National A Team (2002-06)...1998 National Junior Team
  • All-Star Team: Four-time (2003-06)
  • Collegiate: Six-time NCAA Champion...SEC and NCAA record holder, 22-time All-American
  • High School: Eight-time state champion...1999 Scholastic All-American



  • Parents: Hans and Elizabeth...father is an engineer, and mother is a salesperson...stepfather is Win Livingston, and he is a lawyer...stepmother is Billie
  • Sibling(s): Older sister (Martha) ran track at both the University of Alabama and University of
  • North Carolina
  • Notable Relative(s): Grandfather (Helmut Hoelzer) invented the analog computer during World War II
  • Future Professional Aspirations: Work with abused children...is currently pursuing a masters degree in sociology at Auburn
  • Sports Played Before Swimming: Soccer, gymnastics, track, softball
  • Nickname(s): "Marge"...nicknamed Marge because "that's what everyone came up with"
  • Hobbies Outside the Pool: Reading, sleeping
  • Ultimate Way to Relax: Sleep, lay around, take a bath
  • Most Influential Person: Mother..."She's my role model and friend."
  • Sponsor(s): Speedo
  • Training Stats: Swims more than 10,000 meters/yards per day, five-six hours a day, six days a week
  • Favorites: Loves traveling in general...international destination: Europe...summer activity: sleeping, reading...movie: "Robin Hood" and "Spartacus"...TV show: "Nip/Tuck," "Grey's Anatomy," "America's Next Top Model"