Mallory Comerford

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Early Years

Comerford was born on September 6th, 1997. She is the daughter of Laurie Comerford, and Scott and Laura Comerford.

As a freshman, Comerford won the Michigan State High School Championships in the 50 and 100 free and then as a sophomore won the 200 and 500 Frees. As a junior, Comerford did not compete at the high school level. Comerford was named the Michigan Swimmer of the Year Award as a freshman and sophomore. She earned All-American status in the 50, 100, 200 and 500 freestyles, She is the Michigan state Division 3 record-holder in the 100, 200, and 500 free.

National Junior Team

In the summer of 2015, she was named to the 2015-16 National Junior team roster as USA Swimming selected 114 of the nation’s top up-and-coming swimmers, qualifying in the 100- and 200-freesyle.

University of Louisville

2015-2016

At the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships she was a two-time finalist as an individual with a silver medal in the 200-free, going 1:42.54 and was eighth place 500-meter free, clocking in at 4:38.25. In relays, she was a part of the seventh place 800-free relay, splitting 1:42.72 as part of the posted time of 6:59.58.

2016-2017

Katie Ledecky and Mallory Comerford with their first-place tie trophies from the 200 free.

Comerford finished fourth in the 500 Free with a time of 4:36.16, just missing third place by .03 seconds.  She anchored Louisville’s fourth place 400 Medley Relay team splitting a 46.13.

The 200 Free could be considered one of the biggest almost upsets as Comerford tied the swimming phenom, Katie Ledecky for first place, both touching the wall at 1:40.36. Beating third place finisher Simone Manuel by .34 seconds. Comerford then finished in third place in the 100 free with a time of 46.35 just .05 seconds out of second place. Comerford swam the second leg on Louisville’s sixth place 400 free relay, splitting a 46.38.

2017 US World Championship Team Trials

Comerford made the US Team by finishing first in the 100 M Free. Comerford set a meet record in her morning swim, and then came back at night and swam .04 seconds faster, setting a new Meet, and US Open Record with a time of 52.81. This time puts her ranked third in the world. Comerford finished fourth in the 2o0M Free likely earning her a spot on the US 4x200M Free Relay. Comerford just missed making the team in another individual event, finishing third in the 100M Fly just 0.01 out of second place.

2017 FINA World Championships

Mallory Comerford 2017 World Championships Budapest, Hungary (photo: Mike Lewis)

In the 4×100 freestyle relay Comerford took down the American Record in the 100 free with her 52.59 opening split. That shaved just over a tenth off the former record, which was set at a 52.70 by Simone Manuel when she tied for Olympic gold last summer. Comerford was 2nd on the leadoff leg only to Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who smashed the World Record with a 51.71.

Day five of competition in the women’s final of the 4x200m freestyle relay, Leah Smith led off for the Americans in a personal best 1:55.97.  Comerford (1:56.92) and Melanie Margalis (1:56.48) took over the middle legs of the relay as they battled down the stretch with China and Russia. It was a very tight race with China going into the final leg, but Katie Ledecky took off with a 1:54.02 split to help the Americans strike gold again.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Gold 800 Freestyle Relay 2017 Olympic Games
Gold 400 Freestyle Relay 2017 World Championships

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 100 Free 52.89 07/23/17 2017 FINA World Championships
Budapest, Hungary
scy 100 Free 46.35 03/15/17 2017 NCAA DI Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana
scy 200 Free 1:40.36 03/15/17 2017 NCAA DI Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana
scy 500 Free 4:36.16 03/15/17 2017 NCAA DI Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana
Mallory Comerford reacts to her 200 free individual title tie with Katie Ledecky. Katie Ledecky and Mallory Comerford with their first-place tie trophies from the 200 free. Louisville crowd, including Kelsi Worrell, reacts to Mallory Comerford's NCAA title tie in the 200 free. Louisville Senior Kelsi Worrell (left) congratulates Freshman teammate Mallory Comerford on anchoring the 200 medley relay to victory and a new ACC Conference record 1:35.43. The University of Virginia placed second in 1:35.57. Courtesy: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com Louisville Freshman Mallory Comerford swam the fastest 200 free in the country so far (1:42.79) to grab gold, touching out defending ACC Champion Leah Smith of Virginia (1:42.97) at the 2016 ACC Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships held at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, NC from February 17 to February 20. (Photo Courtesy: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com)