Margo Geer was born on March 17, 1992 in Milford Center, Ohio to Mark and Linda Geer. Inspired by her older brother Marcus, Geer decided to start swimming when she was four years old. Growing up, she swam for the Springfield YMCA. In high school, Geer swam for Fairbanks High School.
Geer competed as a Wildcat at the University of Arizona, which then was led by head coach Eric Hansen. In her first season at Arizona, Geer qualified for NCAA’s in both the 50-yard and the 100-yard freestyles. She finished third in both events. Her performance at NCAA’s that year earned her Arizona Athletics Female Freshman Athlete of the Year.
In her second season, Geer had a tougher lineup at NCAA’s competing in the 50 and 100-yard freestyles individually and also competing as a member of the 200-yard medley relay, the 400-yard medley relay, the 200-yard freestyle relay, and the 800-yard freestyle relay. At the 2012 NCAA’s Geer finished second in the 50-yard freestyle, third in the 100-yard freestyle, second in the 200-yard medley relay, second in the 400-yard medley relay, third in the 200-yard freestyle relay, and third in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Geer recorded a team-high seven All-American honors at NCAA’s and was named Arizona Athletic’s Female Sophomore Athlete of the Year.
In 2013 Geer excelled even more at the NCAA Championships placing third in the 200-yard freestyle relay, second in the 400-yard medley relay, third in the 200-yard medley relay, second in the 800-yard freestyle relay, second in the 400-yard freestyle relay, and first in her two individual events, the 50 (21.73) and 100-yard (47.19) freestyles. Geer also led the 400-yard freestyle relay to an American record of a 3:10.63.
In her final season as a wildcat, Geer earned herself two fourth place finishes, two 3rd place finishes, two second place finishes, and one first place finish at the 2014 Pac-12 Championships. She went on to the 2014 NCAA Championships to win the 100-yard freestyle for the second year in a row with a time of 47.10, leading the team to an overall eighth place championship finish. Geer completed her collegiate career as a 23-time All-American, three-time NCAA Champion, and school record holder in the 100-yard freestyle (47.14), 800-yard freestyle relay, and 400-yard freestyle relay.
In 2008, Geer qualified to compete at her first U.S. Olympic Trials, where she finished 41st in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 26.15. In 2012, Geer qualified for her second Olympic Trials in the 50-meter freestyle and the 100-meter freestyle. She finished seventh in the 50 with a 25.26 and 12th in the 100 with a 54.85. In 2013 Geer qualified for a chance to compete for a spot on the World Championship Team in Indianapolis. In Indy, Geer placed fourth in the 50-meter freestyle with a 25.13 and seventh in the 100-meter freestyle with a 54.81.
At the 2014 Phillips 66 National Championships, Geer swam to a seventh-place finish in the 50-meter freestyle (25.06) and a sixth-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle (54.51). Her swims earned Geer a spot on the 2014-2015 US National team. Geer continues her swimming career as a post graduate with Tucson Ford Dealer Aquatics. She was selected to the 2015 BHP Billiton Aquatics Super Series roster and the 2015 FINA World Championships roster in the 400 free relay.
-Originally Developed by Elle Meinholz