Madison Kennedy, born on December 22, 1987, in Hartford, Connecticut is a sprint freestyle-focused American swimmer who competes with DC Trident in the International Swimming League. She still holds the world record for the 450-meter freestyle relay. She won gold in the 50-meter freestyle event at the 2015 U.S. Nationals after winning silver in 2010 and 2011. She also participated in 2008, 2012, and 2016 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials. She won numerous relay medals at the 2014 SC World Championships and won a silver medal at the 2015 Pan American Games. Kennedy was the quickest swimmer in the Women’s 50-meter freestyle preliminary at the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2016. We’ll help you celebrate her special day right here!
December 22, 1987
American swimmer Madison Kennedy has been a committed member of the U.S. national team for almost 10 years. Kennedy played collegiately for two years at Rutgers University before transferring to Cal Berkeley to complete her NCAA eligibility. In 2010, Kennedy received a degree in psychology from Cal Berkeley. She subsequently relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, where she began training, leading Barre classes, and working for Lululemon.
Kennedy was born to Jordana and James Kennedy in Avon, Connecticut. Kennedy began swimming when she was only four years old. Although she participated in a wide range of other sports throughout middle and high school, including lacrosse, soccer, and horseback riding, she chose swimming as the one sport she would work at as she went on to compete collegiately at the Division 1 level. Kennedy reappeared in 2014 at SwimMAC Carolina, where she was working out with David Marsh. She gained notoriety for her prowess at rope climbing.
Kennedy made an immediate impression during her freshman and sophomore years at Rutgers University. She achieved the All-American honorable mention in five events at the 2006 NCAA Championships, including the 50 and 100 freestyle, as well as the 450, 4100, and 4200-yard freestyle relays, during her rookie year. She also set a school record in the 50-yard freestyle. She would go on to break school records in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles during her sophomore year. She continues to hold the 50, 100, and 450-yard freestyle relay school records. Kennedy chose to go to Cal Berkeley after spending two years at Rutgers, where she once more had an immediate impact. At the 2008 NCAA Championships, Kennedy finished her junior year and her first at Cal by becoming a six-time All- American (50 free, 450, 4100, and 4200 free relays; and 450 and 4100 medley relays). She also set a new school record in the 50 freestyle, swimming 21.87 in the NCAA preliminary round. Kennedy earned three more All-American championships (50 free, 4×50 free relay, and 4×50 medley relay) in her final year of eligibility for college. She also assisted the Bears in winning their first national team championship.
Kennedy finishes ninth in the semifinals of the 50-meter freestyle in 25.39, and 13th in the semifinals of the 100-meter freestyle in 55.28.
Kennedy wins three medals — gold in the 4x100-meter free and medley relays, and bronze in the 100-meter free individual event.
Kennedy places third at the Trials, which is her best finish at Trials to date, completing the 50 and 100-meter freestyles again.
She finishes eighth individually in the 50 free and helps the U.S. win gold in the 4x50 free and mixed free relays.
Kennedy Kennedy is introduced as a player for the team on June 11, 2019, under the leadership of GM Kaitlin Sandeno.
Why We Love Madison Kennedy
She proactively engages with her fans
Kennedy is an ideal celebrity influencer. She frequently uploads a lot of private images and videos to communicate with her enormous social media fan base.
She is dedicated to her profession
Kennedy is committed to engaging in whatever training she could whenever she could at her own pace. She strives to not achieve but to develop her experience and maturity as a swimmer, a teammate, and a person.
She believes in holistic development
Kennedy takes pride in her accomplishments but does not think giving up a balanced, full life to pursue her Olympic ambition is worth it. She doesn’t want her love of swimming to limit her or prevent her from pursuing other hobbies. She is still committed to practicing self-care, reading, exercising, and playing soccer and lacrosse with her husband in the backyard of their home.
5 Surprising Facts
She admires her coaches
Kennedy strongly relied on some of the strategies she learned from her prior instructors, especially McKeever and Marsh, in her solo quest.
She shone brightly at Olympic Trials
In the preliminary events of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, she turned in the quickest time for women's 50-meter freestyle.
She indulges in part-time jobs
Kennedy has been working two part-time jobs in addition to swimming, including teaching workout classes frequently and working as an "educator" (in sales) at Lululemon.
Kennedy pursued psychology as a major
At Cal Berkeley, Kennedy majored in personality psychology, and she hopes to eventually pursue a master's degree in that field.
Her love for reading and hiking!
She enjoys reading, going on hikes, instructing barre, and checking out new cafes and restaurants.
Madison Kennedy FAQs
Is Kennedy Kennedy single?
No. She has been married to Eric Lane since 2017.
Does Kennedy Kennedy have siblings?
Yes. She has two sisters, Hannah and Jessica.
Is Kennedy Kennedy still swimming competitively?
Yes. Kennedy recently expressed her desire to make the Olympic team. However, she has left her elite swim training team to train on her own to be able to live a more balanced life.
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