Seal Beach, CA — July 29, 2019 — After a storied career, 7x Olympic Medalist, 16x World Championship Medalist and American Record Holder Dana Vollmer has announced she will retire from competitive swimming after this summer’s USA Swimming Nationals.
“Other parts of my life are asking for my time and attention. This week I am leaving elite level swimming. This is not letting go of a dream; it’s having the ambition to start a new one! While it is sad to see this chapter of my life coming to a close, I do it with a full heart,” said Vollmer.
At just twelve years of age Dana Vollmer began her quest for Olympic success as the youngest swimmer to compete in the 2000 Olympic trials. Today, the butterfly specialist is a 5x Olympic gold medalist, and has broken and set world records at the games in both Athens and London. Dana is the first woman in history to ever swim the 100m butterfly in under 56 seconds, which still stands as the fastest time ever recorded by an American. She made her most recent Olympic appearance in Rio de Janeiro after having her first child, and is affectionately known today as the "Momma on a Mission." In addition to earning seven Olympic medals, she has also earned sixteen world championship medals over the course of her career.
“Dana has left an incredible legacy on the sport of swimming, and we will always be proud to call her part of the TYR family,” said Matt DiLorenzo, CEO of TYR Sport. “We look forward to supporting Dana in the next phase of her career, and congratulate her on all her remarkable achievements.”
Fans will have a final chance to see Vollmer race the 100 butterfly at Stanford’s Avery Aquatic Center on Friday, August 2nd, where she will also be signing autographs. To read Vollmer’s personal letter on her decision to retire, please visit http://blog.tyr.com.About TYR
Named for TYR, the Norse god of warriors, we are a company started by athletes and powered by athletes. We are dedicated to re-imagining technologies that help athletes obtain peak performance through innovation and design. Like all athletes, we always work with an intense spirit of competition. Everything we do revolves around creating the fastest, most advanced performance products. Always in front.
- Nov. 6-9, 2019: TYR Pro Swim Series at Greensboro (Greensboro Aquatic Center)
- Jan. 16-19, 2020: TYR Pro Swim Series at Knoxville (Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center)
- Mar. 4-7, 2020: TYR Pro Swim Series at Des Moines (MidAmerican Energy Aquatic Center at the Wellmark YMCA)
- Apr. 16-19, 2020: TYR Pro Swim Series at Mission Viejo (Marguerite Aquatic Center)
- May 6-9, 2020: TYR Pro Swim Series at Indianapolis (IU Natatorium)
The TYR Pro Swim Series is a 3.5-day long course event televised on NBCSN, the Olympic Channel, as well as live streamed at usaswimming.org. Historically, each stop attracts between 400-600 of the world’s top swimmers including, USA Swimming National Team members, Junior National Team members and top-50 world ranked swimmers.
“We work closely with our event organizing partners to offer a premium experience for athletes and fans,” USA Swimming Chief Commercial Officer Shana Ferguson said. “We are fortunate to have incredible partners and strong local clubs’ support as we showcase the world’s greatest athletes in communities throughout the U.S. We will continue to use the TYR Pro Swim Series to provide more exposure to the best in international competition.”
As a partner of USA Swimming, TYR continues to turn heads in and out of the pool. In addition to its state-of-the-art technologies and celebrated Venzo tech suit, the brand also boasts an impressive roster of sponsored athletes including 6x Olympic medalist Katie Ledecky, 4x Olympic medalist Simone Manuel, 12x Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte, 7x Olympic medalist Dana Vollmer, 6x Olympic medalist Matt Grevers, 2x Olympic medalist Leah Smith, 2x Olympic medalist Cody Miller, and Olympic gold medalists Kelsi Dahlia, Jack Conger and Tom Shields. About TYR Named for TYR, the Norse god of warriors, our company is committed to cultivating a culture of greatness, both in and out of the water. Through vision and American ingenuity, we have become a brand synonymous with the athlete. From the planning stages to the production floor, everything we do revolves around synthesizing creativity, experience and competition. For us, engineering the most advanced performance products is more than just a goal, it’s a requirement. About USA Swimming As the National Governing Body for the sport of swimming in the United States, USA Swimming is a 400,000-member service organization that promotes the culture of swimming by creating opportunities for swimmers and coaches of all backgrounds to participate and advance in the sport through clubs, events and education. Our membership is comprised of swimmers from the age group level to the Olympic Team, as well as coaches and volunteers. USA Swimming is responsible for selecting and training teams for international competition including the Olympic Games, and strives to serve the sport through its core objectives: Build the base, Promote the sport, Achieve competitive success. For more information, visit www.usaswimming.org.