Name: McKenzie Coan
Sport: Swimming
Event(s): 50m Freestyle, 100m Freestyle, 400m Freestyle, 100m Backstroke, 50m Butterfly
Classification: S7, SB6, SM7
Height: 4-3
Weight: 105
DOB: 6/14/1996
Birthplace: Clarkesville, Ga.
Hometown: Clarkesville, Ga.
High School: Homeschooled
College: Loyola University Maryland ’18, Political Science
Coach(es): Head Coach: Brian Loeffler, Assistant Coach: George Kennedy
Paralympic Experience
  • Two-time Paralympian (2012, 2016); Four-time medalist (3 gold, 1 silver)
  • Rio 2016, gold (50m free, 400m free, 100m free), silver (34 pt. 4x100m freestyle relay), 5th (100m back), 6th (50m fly)
  • London 2012, 6th (400m free)
World Championship Experience
  • Most recent: 2019 – gold (100m free, 400m free), silver (50m free, 34 pt. 4x100m free, 34 pt. 4x100m relay), 6th (50m fly)
  • Years of Participation: 2015, 2017, 2019
  • Medals: 10 (5 gold, 5 silver)
  • Gold – 2019 (100m free, 400m free), 2017 (100m free, 50m free, 400m free)
  • Silver – 2019 (50m free, 34 pt. 4x100m free, 34 pt. 4x100m medley), 2017 (50m fly), 2015 (34 pt. 4x100m free)
Personal: Coan’s swimming career began with aquatic therapy in 2001 having been diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) as a child. She quickly joined the swim team at her local pool after seeing how much fun her brothers had being on the team and her resume continues to have new additions. Making the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Team and a silver-medal performance and the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships and have primed her for a strong showing in Rio....Daughter of Marc and Teresa Coan…Has two brothers, Grant and Eli…Enjoys reading, photography, travelling, spending time with friends and dogs, and reaching out to kids with similar disabilities through her organization, 'Kenzie Kares'…Has three dogs, a German shepherd named Zeus, a toy poodle named Hershey and a Yorkie named Chewie…Favorite movie series is Harry Potter…Hopes to go to law school after college.