Out of South Bend Swim Club in Indiana, Bethany Galat is an NCAA All-American at Texas A&M. Galat was the top-ranked recruit out of the state of Indiana, and the no. 13 2014 recruit overall, according to collegeswimming.com. Galat is a talented breaststroke specialist – she came into A&M with times that would already qualify for the NCAA Championships. A&M was probably a natural fit, considering what Head Coach Steve Bultman developed in Breeja Larson. Although she is a breaststroke swimmer, she also has excellent times in the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke, and can even put up a sub-23 second 50 freestyle. She can really fit any holes within a team, making a huge impact within the dual-meet season. Graduating from Penn High School, Galat is the Indiana-state record holder in the 100 breaststroke – a mark she broke as a senior, dropping a 59.66. She is competitive, and proved so at the same state meet, when she finished .01 seconds behind the state record holder in the 50 freestyle. Born Aug. 10, 1995 Galat is also a member of USA Swimming’s National Junior Team.
Galat is currently in her freshman season as an Aggie. She finished fourth in the 200 IM, 10th in the 100 breaststroke and 14th in the 200 breaststroke at the SEC Championships. Qualifying for the NCAA meet as a freshman Galat won the consolation final of the 200 IM, finished 10th in the 100 breaststroke and 23rd in the 200 breaststroke. She swam multiple relays as well, including the 11th-place 200 medley relay and the fifth-place 200 freestyle relay.
Galat was a member of USA Swimming’s National Junior Team prior to joining the A&M squad. She is an Indiana-state record holder in the 100 breaststroke, which she broke in her senior year. She won two IHSAA state titles her senior – the 200 IM, in addition the previously mentioned 100 breaststroke. She helped Penn High School finish fourth in the state meet.
2017 NCAA Championships
Galat won the B Final of the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:06.68.
2017 US World Team Trials
Galat finished the second half of the 200m breaststroke strong to place second and make the US World Championship Team. Her time of 2:22.24 was just behind winner Lilly King’s 2:21.83.
2017 FINA World Championships
Day six in the final of the 200m breaststroke, Galat (2:21.77) was in 7th at the 150-mark, but turned it on in the last 50 meters to reach in and out-touch China’s Shi Jinglin (2:21.93) for silver. Team USA’s 100m breaststroke champ Lilly King had the early lead, but fell off the pace towards the end to finish just off the podium in 2:22.10.