Marina Garcia is a breaststroke phenom from Barcelona, Spain. Born July 6, 1994 to parents, Luisa and Miguel Angel Garcia, she’s currently a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley. Although undecided on her major, Garcia filled a huge whole in the Cal Berkeley lineup. With a team full of young Olympians and National Team members, Garcia fit right in and added Cal’s widely criticized need for a breaststroke relay leg. She’s a 2012 Olympian for Spain and has been a member of the Spanish World Championship Team. Her family is full of some great athletes, and her brother, Guillem, was a member of Spain’s national water polo team. Standing 5’5″ Garcia ranks in Cal’s top-10 in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes.
In her freshman season as a Bear Garcia swam the 400 IM, 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke at the Pac 12 Championship. At the NCAA Championships she swam the breaststroke leg in the prelim of the 400 medley relay. Individually she finished 42nd in the 100 breaststroke and 35th in the 200 breaststroke.
Garcia swam at the Pac 12 Championships swimming the breaststroke leg of the winning 200 medley relay and the runner-up 400 medley relay. She won the ‘B’ final in the 100 breaststroke and picked up a fourth place in the 200 breaststroke in a time that qualified her for the NCAA Championships.
At the 2013 FINA World Championships she finaled in both the 100m and 200m breaststroke events. She also picked up a 10th-place finish as a member of the 400m medley relay.
Garcia is a 2012 Olympian; she competed in the 100m breaststroke finishing 25th overall and the 200m breaststroke finishing 20th. She swam on Spain’s 400m medley relay that came in 13th.
Garcia was a bronze medalist at the 2012 European Long Course Championships in the 100m breaststroke, and at the 2012 European Short Course Championships she took home a silver medal in the 200m breaststroke and a bronze in the 100m.