Swimming Super Couple Mallory Comerford, Clark Burckle Announce Engagement

Another swimming super couple is on their way to the altar.

On Sunday, multi-time World Championship medalist Mallory Comerford revealed her engagement to longtime boyfriend and U.S. Olympian Clark Burckle on Instagram.


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Comerford and Burckle have been dating since 2019, and have both experienced tremendous success on both the international and collegiate stage in swimming.

Burckle, 34, represented the U.S. at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, finishing sixth in the men’s 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:09.25.

A native of Lousiville, Ky., Burckle was also the 2010 NCAA champion in the 200 breast, competing for the University of Arizona as a senior after starting his collegiate career at Florida.

Following his illustrious career in the pool, Burckle completed his MBA at Stanford in 2015 and has gone on to find success in the business world, currently managing a swim, tennis and fitness club in the Louisville area.

Comerford, 24, broke through on the global swimming scene in 2017, winning five relay gold medals at that year’s World Championships in Budapest.

She also tied with Katie Ledecky for the 2017 NCAA title in the women’s 200 free, and went on to repeat in the event in 2018 and 2019. As a senior in 2019, Comerford added a victory in the 100 free to give her four individual national titles during her career at Louisville.

Following the 2017 Worlds, Comerford has become a fixture on the U.S. National Team, also representing the Stars and Stripes at the 2018 Pan Pacs, 2018 SC Worlds, 2019 Worlds and 2022 Worlds.

Earlier this year, Comerford bounced back from missing the 2020 Olympic team to place sixth in the women’s 100 free at the 2022 International Team Trials in Greensboro, earning a berth on the U.S. World Championship team where she went on to win silver as a prelim member of the women’s 400 free relay.

The announcement is just the latest among prominent swimmers getting engaged, with Simone Manuel and Carson Foster also having done so over the last month.

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6 months ago

Congratulation to the lovely couple!

Jamie Starr
6 months ago

My boy Clark threw down some serious heat in that 2 Breastroke at NC’s. At the same time Mal was winning 10 and Under Champs!!

Douglass Wharrram Fan Club
6 months ago

Congrats to both! Hopefully there is a suit that will hold Clark’s thighs.

Just need to bring back this iconic comment – Dat Burckle tape doe

6 months ago

Oh man. There’s a coach in the desert who must be heartbroken.

Reply to  ScottyJ
6 months ago

That is beautiful!

6 months ago

10 years apart!

Reply to  Monteswim
6 months ago

Do you think that’s a problem? Or do you just find it an interesting fact?

Reply to  NoFastTwitch
6 months ago

Not necessarily a problem, but a 31 year old going after a 21 year old college student definitely feels a little odd.

Reply to  Swimfan
6 months ago

Not if you knew Clark haha

Reply to  Monteswim
6 months ago

A little less. She’s 25 tomorrow

Reply to  TeamDressel
6 months ago

phew changes everything! /s

6 months ago

I don’t know if in the history of competitive swimming was the story like Mallory Comerford’s one. In a few seasons completely unexpectedly raising from practically no one to the very elite and then same suddenly going back. Always was rooting for her.
Congratulations and wish her the best.

Awsi Dooger
Reply to  Yozhik
6 months ago

She’s a short course specialist whose peak equated to overachieving for a few years at long course 100 meters. Full credit to that.

6 months ago

It will be interesting if in 20 years I am like. Huh, I remember that last name.

maximum mchuge
6 months ago

Almost made it seem like Carson and Simone were engaged to each other

Reply to  maximum mchuge
6 months ago

What’d you mean by that…

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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