Hali Flickinger is an IM and butterfly specialist at the University of Georgia. Born July 7, 1994 to Doug and Lea Flickinger, Hali is studying sport management. The versatile swimmer has an impressive resume, being named to the USA Swimming Junior National Team, USA Swimming Open Water National Junior Team, FINA World Cup Team member, and NCAA All-American. Flickinger is an animal lover, and she often tweets pictures of them – especially cats.
Although Flickinger competed collegiately at Georgia, she had originally chosen Texas. She caused a frenzy when she decided to decommit from Texas, proving the strength of the verbal commitment.
University of Georgia
During her freshman year, Flickinger made a big impact on the Lady Bulldogs. She made the NCAA meet and finished 13th in the 200 butterfly and 14th in the 400 IM, helping her team win their fifth national title.
Flickinger stepped from consolation heats to the final during the 2014 NCAA Championships. She touched sixth in the 200 butterfly, making her an NCAA All-American, and 10th in the 400 IM. She made the final in every event at the SEC Championships, helping the Bulldogs win their fifth straight SEC title.
In the 2015 season, Flickinger’s junior year, she battled at the NCAA Championships — Flickinger finished 6th in the 500 free, 3rd in the 200 fly and just missed out on the gold medal, finishing 2nd by just tenths of a second in the 400 IM. After being named SEC Swimmer of the Week on numerous occasions, Flickinger was awarded the Commissioner’s Trophy for high-point honors at the SECs.
Recently Flickinger had an impressive US Nationals. In 2014 she finished 9th in the 400-meter IM, 9th in the 400-meter backstroke and 3rd in the 200-meter butterfly, putting her on the 2014-2015 USA Swimming National Team. In 2012 Flickinger qualified for the US Olympic Trials where she finished 25th in the 200m butterfly, 29th in the 200m backstroke and 30th in the 200m IM.
At the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships in Australia she finished 10th in the 100m butterfly, and even competed at the 2011 FINA World Junior Championship in Peru and the 2011 FINA World Cup in Russia and Germany. She won two silver medals in Russia.
2015-2016 U.S. National Team
Flickinger is a member of the 2015-2016 U.S. National Team in the 200 and 400-meter free, 200-meter fly and the 400-meter IM.
At the 2015 U.S. Nationals Flickinger won the 200-meter fly, dominating the last 50 meters of the race to win even after choking on water on the final turn of the race. She also had a great time in the 200-meter IM, qualifying 4th in prelims, but chose to scratch the final to focus on the 400-meter free, where she finished 2nd by just .05 seconds.
2016 US Olympic Trials
Flickinger finished second in the 200M Fly to Camille Adams, earning her a spot on the US Olympic Team.
2016 Rio Olympics
making it through the prelims and semis, Flickinger placed seventh in the 200m Fly in the final at the Rio Olympics Games.
2017 U.S. World Team Trials
Flickinger placed first with a time of 2:07.60 to become the first American to qualify for the World Championships this year. Flickinger shot out from the starting gun and led the entire way.
2018 U.S. National Championships
Flickinger won the 200 butterfly at the Phillips 66 National Championships with a U.S. Open record time of 2:05.87 in the prelims and a finals mark of 2:06.14. She was seventh in the 400 freestyle (4:10.42) after posting a 4:08.40 in the prelims. Flickinger also finished second in the B final of the 200 freestyle (10th overall, 1:58.21) and in the 200 IM (10th overall, 2:12.62) and third in the B final of the 100 butterfly (11th overall, 58.90).
2018 Pan Pacific Championships
On day of the pan pacs, Hali swam and won her signature 200 fly, touching for gold in a time of 2:07.35 to seal her victory.
ISL – Cali Condors
On June 11, 2019, Hali Flickinger was announced as a member of the Cali Condors ISL team, headed by GM Jason Lezak
2019 World Championships
In her lone event at the 2019 world champs, Flickinger came in as the top seed, and remained there through the prelims and semi-finals. In the final heat, she was passed by Boglarka Kapas on the last 50, but touched for silver in a time of 2:06.95, marking her first world championship medal.
2021 Olympic Trials
On night 1 of the trials, Flickinger qualified for her 2nd Olympics, this time in the 400 IM, touching for 2nd behind Emma Weyant in a lifetime best of 4:33.96. On night 5, Flickinger was back in the final of the 200 fly, swimming consistently as ever and touching at 2:05.85 in a new PR and US Open record, giving her a 2nd event in Tokyo.
2021 Olympic Games
Flickinger started her games off strong, advancing to the final of the 400 IM and. then swimming a gutsy race to touch in 3rd, earning her first Olympic medal with a time of 4:34.90.
Flickinger was back in the 200 fly, moving through prelims and semis to earn a lane in the final. In the final heat, Flickinger swam an aggressive race upfront, ultimately touching for 3rd to earn her 2nd bronze of the week.
2022 World Championships
In Budapest, Flickinger swam her bread-and-butter event, the 200 fly. She advanced through prelims and semis easily, and in the final had a strong back half to finish 2nd, earning the silver with a 2:06.08. She also swam prelims of the 800 free relay, splitting 1:57.05 on the third leg to help USA advance to the final. USA would go on to win in the final, netting Hali a gold medal.