SSPC: Olivia Bray Speaks on Eating Disorder Treatment, New Home in Texas

In the SwimSwam Podcast dive deeper into the sport you love with insider conversations about swimming. Hosted by Coleman Hodges and Gold Medal Mel Stewart, SwimSwam welcomes both the biggest names in swimming that you already know, and rising stars that you need to get to know, as we break down the past, present, and future of aquatic sports.

We sat down with Olivia Bray, the freshman at Texas who had a record-breaking weekend, going 50.37 in the 100 fly to register the fastest time in school history. Bray opened up about her quarantine period before arriving in Austin, including checking herself into eating disorder treatment. Prior to seeking help, Bray said she could count on one hand how many foods she could comfortably eat, too afraid to approach the rest.

Through treatment and now working with the nutritionist at UT, Bray says she’s eating and trying a variety of foods, which has affected multiple facets of her everyday life.

Music: Otis McDonald


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Lil Swimmy
6 months ago

Proud of her for speaking on this difficult subject! I hope she is doing well and on the road to recovery.

6 months ago

go oliviaaaa

6 months ago

Good interview, Coleman. I was interested in this interview because I’ve been at meets where Olivia competed and noticed most of the swimmers that come out of her age group club team, don’t really have much success on the college level for some reason. I’m glad that Olivia is fast becoming an exception to that rule. She had a tremendous performance at the Texas Invite.

Reply to  Guerra
6 months ago

Don’t they?

Greg Reed was 2nd at SECs last year in the mile.
Emma Muzzy was the ACC Champion in the 200 back last season.
Khalil Fonder was 4th at Pac-12s in the 100 fly last season.
Caroline Kulp cut 2 seconds off her best time in the 200 fly as a freshman at Virginia last season.
Jacob Siar was 24th in the 100 back at the 2016 Olympic Trials.
Shelby Stanley was 2nd in the 200 IM at the A10 Championships last season as a freshman. Dropped almost 2 seconds.

I guess there are a lot of way to define “much success,” but by my definition, it appears as though they’re doing ok. There… Read more »

Reply to  Braden Keith
6 months ago

My bad I guess. I don’t remember seeing some of those kids you mentioned at the meets I was at.

Coach Macgyver
Reply to  Braden Keith
6 months ago

Braden just went BoBo Gigi on this post.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Coach Macgyver
6 months ago

Bobo in his prime would’ve taken it all the way to 10 and unders.

About Coleman Hodges

Coleman Hodges

Coleman started his journey in the water at age 1, and although he actually has no memory of that, something must have stuck. A Missouri native, he joined the Columbia Swim Club at age 9, where he is still remembered for his stylish dragon swim trunks. After giving up on …

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