Betsy Mitchell: More Than Medals, Lessons from An Olympian

On the SwimSwam Podcast I talk with a very dear friend.  In prep school, I looked up to and leaned on her for tough advice and guidance.  I think we’ve all had that one person in our swimming life.  Olympic Champion Betsy Mitchell was that person for me.

Betsy is a renaissance woman in the sports world, a 2-time Olympian, gold medalist, 7-time NCAA champion, former college swimming coach, and the current Athletic Director of Cal Tech.   Betsy’s roots run deep in sport, which is why she’s co-authored her first book with Ann Worthington, MORE THAN MEDALS, Lessons From An Olympian.

Betsy’s forthcoming in this conversation, bringing wisdom and perspective to the topic of youth and college sports. I hope you enjoy it.


If you are going to U.S. Olympic Trials in Indy, see Betsy in the AquaZone. She’ll have a booth with her new book, ready to sign or answer your questions. 


In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman HodgesGarrett McCaffrey, and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

Opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the interviewed guests do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the hosts, SwimSwam Partners, LLC and/or SwimSwam advertising partners. 

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1 month ago

Good episode. I love to hear from the veterans. I have been around swimming long enough to remember Betsy and bucket turns but I didn’t know about her post-swimming rowing chapter until I listened to this episode on the way home from rowing practice last night.

When I finished my workout in the single scull this morning, it wasn’t hot yet, so I sat down on the dock, pulled out my phone and checked the results of the Aussie swimming trials. I was in my happy place, immersed in my two favorite sports. Who knows, maybe I’ll even hop in the pool before the day is done.

1 month ago

I really enjoyed this conversation! It’s amazing how she has become so accomplished in so many areas, and after hearing her insights it’s easy to see why Mel holds her in such high regard.

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1 month ago

I love me some Betsy Mitchell. She’s been one of my all time favorites since 1984.

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1 month ago

Wonderful insights from two of America’s most admirable champions over the years.

Hard to remember for Mel from nearly 40 years ago when he was in his mid-teens, but Betsy’s 2:08.60 WR was from the 1986 US World Championship Trials in Orlando.

At the Worlds that year she won the 100 Back but not the 200, where she got Silver, 0.02 back of East German Cornelia Sirch, whose world mark Betsy had downed in Orlando..

That meet in Orlando was superb not only for Betsy setting a WR that lasted until Egerszegi in ’91, but Pablo Morales also burst out, winning the 100 Fly in :52.84, for a world mark which lasted 9 years, until broken in 1995… Read more »

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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