Caitlin Leverenz

Caitlin on racing

“There's something so powerful about racing…so pure. It is about pure competition, the thrill of that challenge.”

Caitlin Leverenz learned the value of failing during and following the 2008 Olympic Trials. She had three opportunities to make Team USA and finished fourth in all three events in which only the fastest two times earn spots. She even had lifetime bests in two races that would have placed her in the final eight in Beijing. “I literally thought my world had fallen down,” she said. She took time to reflect and eventually came to “fail successfully” through a process that provides “room for growth and learning.” She believes not making the 2008 team “instilled in me much more hunger.” Not only did she want to make the 2012 team, she wanted hardware. Her bronze medal in the 200m individual medley is proof of her journey.

Update on Caitlin

Olympic Swim Trials Reflection

“Trials are the most competitive, most emotional, most challenging meet that I have ever swum in. But it’s also an amazing experience for everyone involved!”


  • Birthday: February 26, 1991
  • College: University of California Berkeley

Sweet Achievement

“Earning a bronze medal in the 200 IM in 2012. I was overjoyed with emotion when I turned around and saw I was able to get on the medals stand for my country.”

Winning Record

  • Olympic Games
    2012 – Bronze, 200m individual medley
  • Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool
    2015 – Silver, 400m individual medley
    2013 – Silver, 200 individual medley; Bronze, 400m individual medley
    2011 – Bronze, 200m breaststroke; Gold, 200m individual medley; Silver, 400m individual medley
    2007 – Bronze, 400m individual medley; Bronze, 200m breaststroke

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