Law Student Katie Meili Joins Georgetown Coaching Staff

Olympic and World Championship medalist Katie Meili has joined the Georgetown University Swimming and Diving staff as an assistant coach, head coach Jack Leavitt announced on Thursday. Meili, who announced earlier this summer that she would be attending Georgetown Law School in the fall, is coming off a highly successful last-12-months, having earned Olympic gold (4×100m medley relay) and bronze (100m breast) in Rio last summer, and gold (4×100m medley relay), silver (100m breast) and bronze (50m breast) this summer at FINA World Championships in Budapest.

“We’re thrilled to add such an impressive person as Katie to our staff,” Leavitt said. “Our team will benefit greatly from her presence, not only from her experience at the Olympic and world championships levels but her college experience at Columbia is very similar to what our team lives day in and day out. It’s inspiring to see what she accomplished and continues to accomplish as a student and a swimmer.”

Meili swam for Columbia University and was twice named Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet at Ivy League Championships (2012 and 2013). She is a two-time All-American and ten-time Ivy League champion. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Georgetown swim team during my time at Georgetown Law,” Meili said. “I am grateful to Coach Leavitt and (Assistant) Coach Laura McGlaughlin for allowing me to get involved with the program and I am eager to both learn from and share knowledge with this incredible group of student-athletes.”

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Swim Chick
3 years ago

Will she be training there as well?

PVSFree
Reply to  Swim Chick
3 years ago

GW has the best collegiate swimming program in the district, but GW is about a mile and a half away from Georgetown and GTown doesn’t have a metro stop. So I’d assume she’s training at GTown

Domino
Reply to  PVSFree
3 years ago

The Law Center is not anywhere close to the main Georgetown campus.

OLLIEPOP
Reply to  PVSFree
3 years ago

Catholic University is on the rise!

Grubby_1
Reply to  OLLIEPOP
3 years ago

No, it is not.

Card
3 years ago

Impressed that she has time for that and training. 1L is no joke.

crooked donald
Reply to  Card
3 years ago

A realistic expectation would be to do a single workout of resistance training or swimming 6 days a week, stay in general shape, reassess from there. It might get a bit easier in 2L, but once she graduates, it’s going to be tough, especially if she goes with a big firm. She’d need to keep her technique, stay in general strength and conditioning, and then fully commit 18 months out from Tokyo if that’s what she wants.

dmswim
Reply to  crooked donald
3 years ago

As long as she is flexible with her training schedule, this is doable. I went from a D1 swimmer to a first year law student and still had time to work out 1-2 hours a day while studying. Most if not all of your 1L classes are scheduled for you, so she would need to be able to swim around that schedule, which would make working out with a club team more difficult. She could probably do it in the mornings though.

ywswammer
Reply to  Card
3 years ago

My mom ran in the olympics while at Stanford Law – if she want’s it, she can do it. Columbia is not exactly a walk in the park either, and she made fantastic improvements there. If anyone can do it, Katie can!

Domino
3 years ago

Wow, that’s a lot to take on. Good luck to her.

CraigH
3 years ago

I think she’s underestimating how much time commitment it is going to take for her to be a 1L.

AppleT
Reply to  CraigH
3 years ago

Maybe she won’t take a full course load?

dmswim
Reply to  AppleT
3 years ago

While Georgetown has a part time program, generally for law school you can’t take less than a full course load your first year because you miss out on required classes that you have to take before taking anything else. These classes are only offered in either the fall or spring semester, so she would have to wait an entire year to make them up. Georgetown’s part time program is only offered at night, and you generally can’t transfer between the full and part time programs, so I doubt she’s pursuing that option.

2Fat4Speed
Reply to  CraigH
3 years ago

I think she has a good handle on academics, and I bet she has a bit more focus than you.

CraigH
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
3 years ago

Not sure what I have to do with things. I’m only commenting because I have a number of friends, several of whom were top D1 athletes who took a tough course load, who breezed through undergrad but still commented that the first year of Law school was a whole other level from what they were used to.

dmswim
Reply to  CraigH
3 years ago

I am one of the athletes you mention and I concur. While I was able to find an hour or two a day to work out during my first year of law school, it served as a stress relief, not a training obligation, for me. I didn’t have to worry about how fast I was going, and if I had to study, I could shorten my swim. Training for elite competition is much more stressful and combining that with coaching, 1L studying, and commuting time, since the law campus isn’t near the pool, seems like a lot. I wish her the best and hopefully she’s successful!

Lawyer
Reply to  CraigH
3 years ago

I am sure she is very smart, but a lot of smart people go to law school. The Georgetown law school campus is not close to Georgetown University (where the pool is), and the first year of law school is intense and requires a lot of focus (and hours and hours of reading). Adding coaching responsibilities sounds like a lot to take on. It’s doable, but will not be easy. I wish her the best though!

Sandy Thatcher
3 years ago

Georgetown has had a lot of coaches over the years who were formerly Princeton swimmers.

swamfan
3 years ago

I wonder who she will do her training with. NCAP??

SUNY Cal
3 years ago

I wonder if she will be getting free tuition in exchange for her coaching??

Ervin
Reply to  SUNY Cal
3 years ago

I wonder if she’s swimming at all…besides for exercise. Has there been any word on her status competitively post worlds?

Swimgeek
Reply to  Ervin
3 years ago

She’s not retiring. And the way she swam in Budapest, I’m glad she’s not! Plenty of great club options in the D.C. area. Multiple NCAP sites, Machine, and many others.

crooked donald
Reply to  SUNY Cal
3 years ago

$53k a year? That would be a nice first coaching gig.

dmswim
Reply to  SUNY Cal
3 years ago

Considering she’s being called a volunteer assistant as opposed to a grad assistant, I highly doubt it.

heelalum
3 years ago

She is most likely just listed as a volunteer so that she can train with the team. May college teams have post grads listed as volunteers as a form of defense to the rules limiting pros from training with NCAA amateurs.

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