Katie Meili announces Law School at Georgetown in the Fall

Reported by James Sutherland.

WOMEN’S 100 BREAST FINALS

  • American Record: Jessica Hardy, 1:04.45, 2009
  • U.S. Open Record: Jessica Hardy, 1:04.45, 2009
  • LC National Meet Record: Lilly King, 1:05.20, 2016
  • FINA ‘A’ Standard: 1:07.58
  1. Lilly King, IU, 1:04.95
  2. Katie Meili, NYAC, 1:05.51
  3. Bethany Galat, TAMU, 1:06.72

Lilly King completes the breaststroke sweep with a win in the 100, breaking the meet record in a time of 1:04.95, just 0.02 shy of her gold medal winning time from Rio. She moves into #2 in the world for the year, and Katie Meili now sits 3rd after clocking 1:05.51 for 2nd.

Meili’s swim gets her on the World Championship team. The Olympic bronze medalist looked phenomenal tonight, specifically on the back half, closing just 0.06 slower than King in 34.86. 200 breast Worlds qualifier Bethany Galattook 3rd in 1:06.72, and 2016 Olympian Molly Hannis was 4th in 1:07.11.

Melanie Margalis won the B-final in 1:07.87, while Emily Weiss earned a spot in this event at Junior Worlds placing 2nd in 1:07.99. She also moves to 5th all-time in the 15-16 age group. Vanessa Pearl won the C-final for the second time this week, putting up a time of 1:09.49 over Ema Rajic (1:09.62).

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2Fat4Speed
4 years ago

I mean this in a respectful way. Total Babe!

MTK
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
4 years ago

I agree, she’s very pretty and as a bonus, seems like an actually good person too.

ERVINFORTHEWIN
Reply to  MTK
4 years ago

and , What a special nose ?

Just sayin
4 years ago

When you’re as smart as you are fast…

Baker-King-Vollmer-Manuel
4 years ago

Good luck at Georgetown.

CraigH
4 years ago

Pretty sure the announcers were talking about it the other day, so it must have already been known.

Griffin
4 years ago

If she can swim professionally through Law School and cover some of her fees, she can save herself from the tentacles of Big Law. Amazing opportunity and good luck at Georgetown!

Does anyone know of other swimmers who swam pro whilst doing Law School, Med School, Dental School etc.? I know Ben Wildman-Tobriner’s a doctor, but I think he retired before Med School, and Nathan Adrian has talked of Med School but seems to have chosen a long pro career first.

CraigH
Reply to  Griffin
4 years ago

BJ Johnson completed his Ph. D in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford while swimming pro and training for these past Olympic Trials.

Mid Atlantic
Reply to  Griffin
4 years ago

Brendan McHugh went to law school and received an offer from a big firm in Philly while training. Best of luck to Katie!

Captain Ahab
4 years ago

She rather spend $85,500 ($319,629 per 3 years) to attend Georgetown Law School versus swim professionally? That makes no sense.

iLikePsych
Reply to  Captain Ahab
4 years ago

Compare that to an average salary of $136k as a lawyer (probably much higher than that given Columbia and Georgetown on her resume) for the next 40 years vs. $0 as a swimmer once she moves past her bankable years

Usausausa
Reply to  Captain Ahab
4 years ago

I’d bet a year of that tuition that she has at least a little scholarship.

Griffin
Reply to  Captain Ahab
4 years ago

It’s a long term decision. If she’s prepared to do the hours (and no college swimmer is a stranger to sleep deprivation) a junior associate at a White Shoe firm will pull in $200k straight out of Law School. Only a few pro swimmers will make that.

If she goes on to make partner she’s looking at $3-4m p/a for 20 plus years. Those are sums no pro swimmer, other than maybe Phelps, could dream of earning from swimming.

All that said, it is unlikely she will get as much enjoyment from corporate law as she does swimming.

Taa
Reply to  Griffin
4 years ago

To earn those dollar amounts you have to give your soul to the devil

Griffin
Reply to  Taa
4 years ago

You have to be good at your job and sacrifice your life on the altar of your career.

Yes, it’s not exactly nursing sick puppies nor is it by any means for everyone, but having large corporate clients does not necessarily mean doing the devil’s work.

I would be surprised if Katie, who clearly has other passions, chose the Big Law partnership route. But attending Georgetown Law opens the door to that kind of wealth, a pro swimming career does not.

Dmswim
Reply to  Taa
4 years ago

And all of your free time and most of your sleep.

Dmswim
Reply to  Griffin
4 years ago

She said in an interview with Deck Pass that she plans to work in government, so those salaries won’t apply. If Trump and Congress don’t get rid of it, she can enroll in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program and have her loans forgiven after 10 years of working for the government.

Klorn8d
4 years ago

I wonder where she’ll train, there are a few college team in DC (GW, American or Georgetown) but none of them really seem intense enough for her. Maybe an NCAP site? Would be a bit odd to swim with mainly high schoolers though.

dmswim
Reply to  Klorn8d
4 years ago

Yeah I was thinking the same thing. Having a car in DC can be difficult to drive to a practice, and in your first year of law school, you frequently have a full schedule of classes that is created for you (you don’t get to make your own schedule). Georgetown Law is on a separate campus from the rest of the university, but it doesn’t have a pool if she’s ever in a pinch! UVA Law would have been a great choice (I’m a bit biased as an alum), but Georgetown is great too! Congrats to Katie!

PowerPlay
Reply to  Klorn8d
4 years ago

Georgetown Law is pretty intense. She may be de-prioritizing swimming and moving on to her longer term career aspirations. Congratulation to Katie. Very impressive acomplishment to get accepted at Georgetown Law School.

Carl Cox
Reply to  Klorn8d
4 years ago

GW had an All American Breaststroker this year so…….. probably not intense enough.

Swammer81
4 years ago

Breaststroke, Brains, Beauty. This girl can slaaay

Swammer81
Reply to  Swammer81
4 years ago

I forgot Bronze medal! Extra slay

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