Micah Lawrence

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"My real name is Merkah Lerntz."

Micah Lawrence

Micah Lawrence was born July 20, 1990 in Las Cruces, New Mexico to parents Scott and Caroline Lawrence, both former collegiate athletes. Lawrence has three sisters, Sarah, Alannah, and Debbi. Her sisters Sarah and Alannah swam at New Mexico State and Debbi swam at Northern Michigan. Lawrence spent most of her life growing up in Pflugerville, Texas where she attended Pflugerville High School and swam club at Texas Gold Swimming.

College Swimming:

A top recruit coming out of high school, Lawrence decided to attend Auburn University to swim under head coach David Marsh and earn her bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

Her first year as an Auburn Tiger, Lawrence competed at the national level. At the 2009 NCAA Championships, Lawrence qualified to compete in the 100-yard and 200-yard breaststrokes and also the 200-yard and 400-yard medley relays. Lawrence earned Honorable Mention All-American Honors with a ninth-place finish on the 400-yard medley relay that went a 3:31.50. She also earned two All-American honors with a fourth-place finish on the 200-yard medley relay (1:36.85) and a fifth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:09.59).

Lawrence’s sophomore year she received three more Honorable Mention All-American Honors at the 2010 NCAA Championships. At NCAA’s Lawrence placed ninth in the 400-yard medley relay, 12th in the 200-yard medley relay, and 16th in the 200-yard breaststroke. Earlier that season, Lawrence claimed her first individual SEC title at the 2010 SEC Championships in the 100-yard breaststroke with a SEC and school record of 59.29. At SEC’s Lawrence was also the breaststroker for the first-place 400-yard medley relay and the second-place 200-yard medley relay.

In the 2010-2011 season, Lawrence’s junior year, she claimed another Honorable Mention All-American Honor. At the 2011 NCAA Championships, Lawrence was a member of the ninth-place 400-yard medley relay team. That season, Lawrence was also named to the All-SEC Second Team, named a CSCAA Scholar All-American, and named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Lawrence, an excellent long course swimmer, decided to take an Olympic red shirt for the 2011-2012 season to train for the Olympic Trials, in hopes of claiming a spot on the US Olympic Team.

National and International Swimming:

In 2007, Lawrence was named to the US National Junior Team. As a member of the team, Lawrence was invited to compete for Team USA at the 2007 Junior Pan-Pacific Championships. At the Junior Pan-Pacs, Lawrence finished 14th in the 400-meter IM, 13th in the 100-meter breaststroke, and third in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Lawrence qualified for her first US Olympic Trials in 2008 in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststrokes. At the 2008 trials, Lawrence qualified for the semi-finals in the 200-meter breaststroke and finished with a 14th-place. She also finished 36th in the 100-meter breaststroke.

As a member of the US National Team, Lawrence earned the opportunity to race at the 2010 Pan-Pacific Championships for the US. At Pan-Pacs, Lawrence swam the 100-meter breaststroke where she finished tenth, and the 200-meter breaststroke where she finished ninth.

In 2011, Lawrence earned herself a spot on the World University Games Team that would compete in Shenzhen, China. In China, Lawrence finished sixth in the 100-meter breaststroke and seventh in the 50-meter breaststroke.

In 2012, Lawrence qualified to compete at her second US Olympic Trials. Going in to her senior year in college at Auburn University, Lawrence decided to take an Olympic red shirt, and train with her former coach David Marsh at SwimMAC Carolina for the Trials. At the 2012 Trials, Lawrence competed in the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststroke. She finaled in the 100-meter breaststroke finishing 7th. In the 200-meter breaststroke, Lawrence posted a final time of 2:23.03 to take second-place and earn herself a spot on the 2012 US Olympic Team. At the 2012 London Olympics, Lawrence finaled in the 200-meter breaststroke and came away with a sixth-place finish in a time of 2:23.27.

The following year, Lawrence competed for a spot on the US World Championship Team at the World Championship Trials (Phillips 66 National Championships). At the trials, Lawrence finished third in the 100-meter breaststroke, just missing the World Championship team. However, Lawrence also finished second in the 200-meter breaststroke, earning herself the chance to compete in Barcelona, Spain on the US World Championship Team. At the 2013 FINA World Championships, Lawrence earned herself a bronze medal in the 200-meter breaststroke.

Lawrence was named to the 2013-2014 US National Team for the 100-meter and 200-meter breaststrokes, making this her fourth consecutive US National Team.  While competing for the 2013-2014 US National Team she finished 9th in the 100 meter breaststroke and 5th in the 200 meter breaststroke at the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships.

After US Nationals in August, Lawrence earned a spot on her fifth US National Team, being selected for the 2014-2015 US National Team roster.  She currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina where she continues to train with SwimMAC Carolina.

2015 World Championships
Lawrence was selected to the 2015 World Championships roster in Kazan to swim both the 200 and 100-meter breaststroke events. The earlier event in the meet ended being the 100-meter breaststroke, where she finished 19th in the heats, failing to advance to the semi-finals. Later in the meet, Lawrence mentioned that the poor performance affected her mindset going into the 200-meter event.

As the day of the 200 breast rolled around, Lawrence figured she’d vie for a bronze-medal, and expected the winner to be at least a 2:20-finish or even sub-2:20. At the 150-meter mark, Lawrence found herself behind Kanako Watanabe from Japan and Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen. Racing home for a bronze medal, Lawrence charged the last 10 meters, and passed Pedersen for a silver medal.

For her last race in the meet, Lawrence swam the breaststroke leg in the semi-final of the 4×100-meter medley relay. Her leg helped solidify the U.S. relay in the final, where Jessica Hardy took over her position.

-Originally developed by Elle Meinholz

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Bronze 200 Breast 2013 World Championships

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
lcm 50 Breast 31.00 08/08/14 US Nationals
Irvine, California
lcm 100 Breast 1:06.51 08/09/14 US Nationals
Irvine, California
lcm 200 Breast 2:21.74 07/28/13 World Championships
Barcelona, Spain
Micah Lawrence - 2014 Arena Grand Prix in Mesa (courtesy of Rafael Domeyko, rafaeldomeyko.com) Micah Lawrence, 2013 Santa Clara Grand Prix (Photo Credit: Bill Collins) Rikke Moeller Pedersen, Yuliya Efimova, Micah Lawrence, 200 breaststroke winners, 2013 FINA World Championships (Photo Credit: Victor Puig) Micah Lawrence - 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Mesa (courtesy of Mike Lewis, olavistaphotography.com) Micah Lawrence, 2014 Pan Pacific Championships (courtesy of Scott Davis)