Kelly Pash

Kelly Pash is a competitive swimmer who represents the United States internationally. She is a 20x NCAA All-American and 25x Big-12 Conference Champion.

High School

Pash was ranked #10 on SwimSwam’s Top 20 High School Recruits Class of 2019, and on March 5, 2018, announced her verbal commitment to swim for Texas.

College (Texas)


Pash started her collegiate career in a big way, swimming to lifetime bests in multiple events nearly every time she dove into the water. By the end of her first semester, she had recorded lifetime bests in the 200 IM (1:57.10), 400 IM (4:10.79), 100 fly (52.57), 200 fly (1:54.54), and the 200 free (1:44.41).

Pash continued to improve at her first Big 12 Championships, where she won the 200 IM (1:55.91) and 200 fly (1:54.56) while earning a runner-up finish in the 400 IM (4:07.71). She also swam on the winning 400 free, 800 free, 200 medley, and 400 medley relays and was awarded with the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Award.

Her freshman year ended abruptly when the 2020 NCAA Championships were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


After winning a Big 12 title in the 200 IM (1:55.13), Pash made the most of her first NCAA Championships as a sophomore with three individual A-final appearances. She collected multiple podium finishes thanks to third-place showings in the 200 free (1:43.50) and 400 medley relay (3:27.83). She also tied for fourth in the 200 fly (1:53.52) and placed seventh in the 200 IM (1:55.72).


Pash showed off her versatility by going 3-for-3 at the Big 12 Championships as a junior, claiming individual titles in the 200 IM (1:56.31), 400 IM (4:07.65), and 100 free (48.42). At NCAAs the following month, she recorded another third-place finish in the 200 free (1:42.38) while adding fifth-place finishes in both the 200 fly (1:52.01) and 200 IM (1:53.31). It was her second season in a row making three A-finals at NCAAs.


Pash’s senior season got off to a strong start when made her SCM debut at the World Cup stop in Toronto and beat Olympic medalist Hali Flickinger in the 200 fly with a winning time of 2:03.61. At the Minnesota Invitational in December, she threw down a nation-leading time in the 200 fly (1:51.96), then added another top mark in the NCAA in the 200 free (1:42.73) during a dual meet against NC State in January. Pash also partnered with swimwear brand arena in January.

Pash once again went 3-for-3 at Big 12s with individual titles in the 200 IM (1:53.94), 400 IM (4:05.55) and 100 free (47.68). At the 2023 NCAA Championships, she made one A-final, picking up another third-place finish in the 200 fly (1:51.89) while placing 10th in the 200 IM (1:54.32) and 11th in the 200 free (1:43.61). Her Texas teammate, Emma Sticklen, topped the podium in the 200 fly (1:49.95). Pash and Sticklen combined with fellow Longhorns Olivia Bray and Lydia Jacoby to take down the Texas program record in the 400 medley relay (3:25.18).

After NCAAs, Pash said she’d come back to Texas to train for the summer and “go from there.”

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 200 Free 1:42.38 03/18/22 2022 NCAA Championships
Atlanta, GA
scy 100 Fly 51.01 12/02/22 2022 Minnesota Invitational
Minneapolis, MN
scy 200 Fly 1:51.45 02/04/23 2023 Sterkel Classic
Austin, TX
scy 200 IM 1:53.31 03/17/22 2022 NCAA Championships
Atlanta, GA
scy 400 IM 4:04.93 02/26/21 2021 Big 12 Championships
Austin, TX