Melanie Margalis, an Olympian and member of the 2021-2022 USA Swimming National Team, has told SwimSwam that she’s training with MAAC and Georgia Tech after she moved to Atlanta earlier this year.
The 29-year-old told SwimSwam that in addition to working part-time, she practices with the Metro Atlanta Aquatic Club, and sometimes with Georgia Tech. The University of Georgia 2014 graduate — who had been training with the school’s pro group — said she practices with Michael Norment, another Georgia graduate, founder of MAAC, and assistant coach at Georgia Tech.
“It’s different working with new coaches after all this time,” Margalis told SwimSwam. “One of the MAAC coaches stopped me during a breaststroke drill set to ask me if I found breaststroke to be my worst stroke in my IM. All I could do was laugh about that one.”
Margalis is a breaststroke and IM specialist. She’s currently on the U.S. National Team for the 400 IM, and she previously held the American record in the 100 SCM IM. She competed at the 2016 Rio Olympics in the 200 IM, finishing fourth, and won gold as part of the 4x200m freestyle relay.
This year, she finished sixth at Wave II Olympic Trials in the 200 IM. She scratched from the 200 freestyle at Trials, preventing her from qualifying for the 4×200 free relay. She placed third in the 400 IM, just missing the Olympic team cutoff mark.
Margalis also participated in Season 1 and Season 2 of the International Swimming League. During Season 2, the Cali Condors swimmer was ranked thirtieth through the fourth week of competition and fifth among all swimmers on the Condors, though she ultimately left the Budapest bubble early.
Margalis has also competed in several world championships. At the 2019 World Championships, she placed fourth in the 200 IM, and helped the US get a new American record in the 4×200 freestyle relay en route to a silver medal. At the 2018 short course world championships, she earned a silver medal in the 400 IM with a time of 4:25.84. At that meet, she was also runner-up in the 200 IM and fourth in the 100 IM.
MAAC practices on Georgia Tech’s campus, and is a year-round competitive swim team. Georgia Tech is a Division I team.