Melanie Margalis (born December 30, 1991) is an American competitive swimmer who specializes in the freestyle, breaststroke and individual medley events. She currently represents the Cali Condors which is part of the International Swimming League.
|National team||United States|
|Born||December 30, 1991|
|Height||173 cm (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||65 kg (143 lb)|
|Strokes||Individual medley, Freestyle, Breaststroke|
St. Petersburg Aquatics
|College team||University of Georgia|
High school careerEdit
Margalis graduated from Countryside High School, where she was also a club swimmer for St. Petersburg Aquatics. There, she was coached by Fred Lewis. In high school swimming, she was a three-time state champion and held the state record in the 200-yard IM. For four years in a row, Margalis was named her teams’ MVP. Proving her versatility, she also swam the 500-yard free in 2009 in which she also won a state championship. After her performances that season, she was named the 2009-2010 Pinellas County Female Athlete of the Year. That same year, she was named to the National Youth Championship Team.
At the 2014 National Championships, Margalis won the 200-meter IM and finished third in both the 400-meter IM and 200-meter breaststroke to earn a roster spot on the Pan Pac team — she finished 12th in the 400-meter IM and ninth in the 200-meter IM. Later that year she also competed at the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m), swimming the IM events. She won a bronze in the 200-meter IM and finished sixth in the 100-meter IM. 
At the 2017 World Aquatics Championships Margalis had a strong swim in the 200-meter IM, but could not hold off the final 50 surge of US teammate Madisyn Cox, and finished fourth. In 4x200-meter freestyle relay, Leah Smith led off for the Americans in a personal best 1:55.97. Mallory Comerford (1:56.92) and Margalis (1:56.48) took over the middle legs of the relay as they battled down the stretch with China and Russia. It was a very tight race with China going into the final leg, but Katie Ledecky took off with a 1:54.02 split to help the Americans strike gold again.
At the 2017 Winter Nationals Championships Margalis had a busy weekend as she competed in five individual events and managed to grab three individual titles. She broke the Championship Record in the 200-yard IM with the time of 1:52.63 and finished first in 400-yard IM and 100-yard breaststroke.
At the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships Margalis secured a silver medal in the 400-meter IM with a time of 4:35.60.
At the 2018 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) Margalis earned the silver medal in the 400-meter IM, turning in a career-best time of 4:25.84 in the event finals. She was also runnerup in the 200-meter IM (personal best 2:04.62) and finished fourth in the 100-meter IM, clocking a 58.32, just .21 of a second off the podium. Margalis was a part of two medal winning relay teams, earning gold in the 4×100-meter medley relay and silver in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay.
2019 World ChampionshipsEdit
At the 2019 World Aquatics Championships Margalis placed 4th in the final once again in a time of 2:08.91. On Day 5, Margalis raced in the 4×200-meter free relay, where she split 1:55.81 to help USA to a new American record and silver medal behind Australia.
International Swimming LeagueEdit
In 2019 she was a member of the inaugural International Swimming League representing the Cali Condors, who finished third place in the final match in Las Vegas, Nevada in December. During the season Margalis went undefeated in the 400-meter IM breaking the American record several times along the way. 
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- Melanie Margalis at FINA
- Melanie Margalis at USA Swimming
- Melanie Margalis at the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee
- Melanie Margalis at the International Olympic Committee
- Melanie Margalis at the Olympic Channel
- Melanie Margalis at Olympics at Sports-Reference.com (archived)
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