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Olympic gold medalist Shannon Vreeland of the Athens Bulldogs and the University of Georgia has hung up her goggles after swimming her last race Thursday night.
In the fall, Vreeland will be attending Vanderbilt Law School in Nashville, Tennessee. She graduated from Georgia in 2014 with degrees in international affairs and economics.
“The plan was always to retire after this summer, retirement just came a little sooner than I’d hoped,” she told SwimSwam earlier today. “If I’m going to do something, I want to give it 100%, and even though I still love swimming and probably won’t stay out of the water for too long, I’m starting law school at Vanderbilt in August and that’ll be the area I’ll be directing all my focus now. I’m disappointed in my meet, but I’m happy with my career and so proud of all of the UGA swimmers who will be representing in Rio!”
At the London 2012 Olympic Games, Vreeland was a member of the gold medal Olympic record-setting relay team in the women’s 800 free relay, swimming alongside Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, and Allison Schmitt. She was also a member of three NCAA national champion relay teams in the 800 free relay and one national champion 400 free relay. The Bulldogs won NCAA team titles two of her four years.
Vreeland made it through to semifinals of the 100 and 200 free this week.