Andrew Seliskar is a butterfly and medley specialist from McLean, Virginia. Before moving across the to the University of California, Berkeley, Seliskar was breaking Virginia state records at the Thomas Jefferson High School and under head coach John Flanagan at the Nation Capitals Swim Club. With Flanagan’s guidance, Seliskar climbed the World rankings making it inside the top-20 in 2013 and 2014. His older brother Steven swam for Purdue.
Outside the pool, Seliskar is a musician. He finds time to play in a band called Seahorse Yesterday with his brother and friends. He also formed a band with Cal teammate, Carson Sand, called Sather Lane.
At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, at just 15 years old, Seliskar narrowly missed out on a semi final spot, finishing 18th in the 200 meter medley. He also swam in the 200 meter butterfly and 400 meter medley.
Seliskar has been on the USA National Team since 2013. In that year he became a Junior World Champion and Junior World Record Holder in the 200 meter butterfly at the 2013 FINA World Junior Championships. He took the gold at the meet in 1:56.42.
A year later at the 2014 Junior Pan Pacific Championships he picked up a trio of gold in 200 meter butterfly, 200 and 400 meter medley and a silver in the 100 meter butterfly.
2016 U.S. Olympic Trials
At his second time around at the Olympic Trials, now 19 years old Seliskar made two finals. He finished 7th in the 200 meter medley and 8th in the 200 meter butterfly. He also swam the 400 meter medley, finishing 12th.
University of California, Berkeley
As the number two recruit in the nation, Seliskar decided to move from coast to coast to train under Dave Durden as a Cal Bear.
Seliskar wasted no time in making a name for himself in the Pac-12. At the conference championships he earned Swimmer of the Meet honors after winning 200 yard butterfly, 200 and 400 yard medley, 400 and 800 yard freestyle relay and 400 yard medley relay. He was also voted Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year.
At the NCAA Championships he claimed the bronze medal in the 200 yard butterfly and made the final in both the medley events.