Open water dynamo Becca Mann was born on Nov. 26, 1997 in Homer Glen, Illinois to parents Bob and Beth. From a very early age, Mann showed incredible talent in the water; at age 10 she became the youngest person to cross the Maui Channel, a 9.9 mile stretch from Maui to Lanai. Mann swam the Maui Channel in 6 hours 26 minutes and 46 seconds.
Mann’s first swim club was the Academy Bullets in Illinois. She holds multiple Academy Bullets team records in the 11-12 age group ranging from the 100 free to the 800 free to the 400 IM. She is the former National Age Group record holder in the 11-12 800 meter free and the 1500 meter free. Mann holds National Age Group records in the 13-14 800 meter free, 1500 meter free, 400 meter IM, and the 1650 yard free.
Mann is home schooled which has allowed her to move to Clearwater, Florida to train with former US Olympic team coach Randy Reese at the Clearwater Aquatic Team while maintaining her studies. Mann’s parents own homes in both Illinois and Florida which allows her to stay close to her family even with her intense training schedule.
Training with Reese has proven to be a smart choice or Mann. Her accomplishments at the US Open Water National Championships have only increased over the years: in 2010 she was 19th in the 5K, in 2011 she was second in the 5K and 11th in the 10K, in 2012 she was 11th in the 10K, and then in 2013 she was 2nd in both the 5K and the 10K.
In 2011 at, 13-years-old, Mann was one of the youngest swimmers to qualify for the 2012 US Olympic Trials, qualifying in the 800 free, 400 IM, 400 free, and the 200 fly. After her performance in the 10K at the 2012 US Open Water National Championships Mann was named to the 2012-2013 US Open Water Junior National Team and the 2012 Junior Pan Pac team.
While Mann did not make the 2012 US Olympic team, she did have an impressive Olympic Trials, finishing 5th in the 800 free and the 400 IM, 6th in the 400 free, and 10th in the 200 fly.
Mann’s first international competition was a great success; at the 2012 Junior Pan Pacs in Honolulu, Hawaii the 14-year-old earned golds in the 10K, 400 IM, and the 1500 free, and a silver in the 800 free.
Thanks to her two second-place finishes at the 2013 US Open Water National Championships, Mann earned a spot on the 2013 US World Championships Team. In Barcelona, the 15-year-old was 8th in both the 5K and 10K.
Mann’s national and international successes garnered her a place on the 2013-2014 US National Team. The young swimmer expanded on her international experience in August 2013 at the FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai. At the 4th occurrence of this meet, Mann was 1st in the 1500 free, 2nd in the 400 IM and 800 free, 4th in the 400 free, and 5th in the 200 fly. In 2015 she’s among the world’s fastest in the 800m freestyle.
Mann is also becoming a bit famous for her choice of on-deck footwear, often gracing the medal stand with fuzzy shearling slippers.
Originally developed by Christina Wright.