Megan is a former U.S. National Teamer and University of Georgia butterfly standout training with Georgia’s pro group under Jack Bauerle.
“Megan’s an extraordinary person with incredible perseverance. She’s the epitome of what it means to be a swimmer and there’s no finer representative of our sport. We are so lucky to have Megan on the Fike Swim ambassador team.” -James Fike
Few swimmers have experienced the highs and lows of swimming like Megan Kingsley. One week after qualifying for her first international team, Junior Pan Pacs in 2012, Megan dislocated her left knee. That was the beginning of a series of knee problems that nearly ended her career and which still plague her today. Along the way she has qualified for the National Team (2013-2014), had two surgeries that she was told would prevent her from being the same swimmer she once was, semi-retired from the sport out of frustration with the knee issues, and made a comeback in November of last year that was derailed two weeks ago by a motorist in a WalMart parking lot who ran into her.
Despite the setbacks, Megan is more determined than ever to compete for a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team next year. While preparing for the 2020 Olympic Trials, she is working for the Georgia LSC as an administrator working 20-25 hours per week and also coaching for the Athens Bulldog Swim Club. In addition, she will be helping Fike Swim test and roll out more of the innovative products it is becoming known for.
“I am beyond thankful for the opportunity to join Fike as an ambassador. The decision to go for 2020 after the challenges I’ve faced has demanded a need to Swim Different as a pro swimmer. I am looking forward to this opportunity and all it entails!” -Megan
Megan Kingsley’s swimming accomplishments include:
- Member of the 2013-14 U.S. National Team
- 2nd fastest 100 butterflier and 5th fastest 200 butterflier in UGA history
- 6x NCAA All-American
- 16th in the 200 butterfly at Olympic Trials in 2016
- Junior National meet record in the 200 butterfly in 2014
- 5 South Carolina High School state titles and 24 state records
- 4th in the 200 butterfly at the 2013 U.S. Open
- 3rd in the 200 butterfly at 2012 Junior Pan Pacs
Q&A with Megan Kingsley
Q: Who is your coach and which team do you compete for?
A: "I train with the UGA pro group under Jack Bauerle and compete for Athens Bulldog."
Q: How did you get into swimming?
A: "I started swimming when I was 7 years old doing summer league and I actually HATED butterfly. My dad used to make me do it and I would cry! We moved around a bit but I really loved swimming and my lack of coordination in other sports showed swimming was the sport for me. So at the age of 8 I started swimming year round in South Carolina, finishing my whole club career in SC, before I went to the University of Georgia."
Q: What is your favorite event?
A: "200 fly by a mile, which is funny since I used to hate it so much! I do think that racing the 400 IM short course is actually really fun when you’re in shape, though, and it’s a cool event to watch."
Q: How many yards per week do you train?
A: "Definitely over 50,000 per week depending on the cycle we are in and which distance the pool is! During the beginning of our seasons we load up with threshold and high volume, and then we drop down and also race a lot more the closer we get to our big meets."
Q: What does your favorite set look like?
A: "On Wednesdays we do a lot of pace/race work; this may be a set of 18-30 50s on varying intervals, and different kinds of paces. For example, we may do a set of 10 on :45 holding one second over pace, 8 on :50 holding your pace, etc. going down to below pace! For a set like that I would hold…read more 28’s on a second over, 27.5’s on pace work, and usually 26.3’s or so on race 50’s. I do a LOT of 50’s and 100’s fly!"
Q: What are your competition goals?
A: "My goal is to continue going best times and to re-make the National Team this year at Nationals at the end of the summer."
Q: What are your practice goals to help you reach your race goals?
A: "My goal is to be more confident in workouts; sometimes I get intimidated when I see 8 or 9 100s fly and I get nervous. So my goal is to just be the best I can be every single day and to work on technique even when I am really tired and sore."
Q: Favorite dryland exercise?
A: "I like doing abs mixed with biking or cardio of some kind because it works my abs way better!"
Q: Favorite post-workout meal?
A: "I really love to get a steak/chicken salad from this burrito place that I love called Barberitos! I get a lot of steak, chicken, spinach, cheese, corn, salsa, cilantro, and they have the BEST chipotle ranch dressing! If I cook for myself, then I love to make southwestern chicken with 3 or 4 different kinds of vegetables."
Q: Who is your swimming role model?
A: "My teammates (like Nic and Mel, Olivia, etc) and my coach Stef Moreno are my favorite role models. I admire my teammates and the effort they put into every single day and they inspired me to just be the best I can be and to be more mentally tough which I struggle with. Stef swam at UGA and was an incredible swimmer, but she has also accomplished so much out of the pool by completing an Iron Man and with her coaching career."
Q: Non-swimming role-model?
A: "My parents, which can be cliche but they are the most amazing people I know. They have been 110% supportive of my career and my life which not everyone is blessed with. They travel to a lot of my meets and they also take the time to encourage me and to really invest in my life. I am really lucky to be related to them!"
Q: Something most people don't know about you
A: "I am super passionate about people! I used to struggle with crippling social anxiety but when I started to volunteer and get involved, I found out that I love the idea of a community. I actually received a scholarship for my community service which I hope to use in the next few years."