Tyler McGill, though the move was pretty-well set in stone over the summer when he accepted a job on the Auburn coaching staff, has officially submitted his paperwork for ‘permanent retirement’ to USA Swimming.
In the above picture, tweeted out this week by Auburn coaches, McGill checked and signed off on his letter to USA Swimming to remove himself from the drug testing pool. While the name “officially retired” is perhaps a bit misleading, this does mean that McGill, now 26 and recently a father, would have to wait 9 months to return to the drug testing pool. That would mean his soonest major meet would be the 2016 Olympics when he will be 29 years old, and so a reversal of his decision is unlikely.
McGill won an Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Games as a prelims swimmer in the 400 medley relay: a spot he also occupied at the 2009, 2010 and 2011 World Championships for gold. Individually, he also added a 2011 World Championship bronze medal in the 100 fly, and a silver in the 100 fly from the 2010 Pan Pac Championships.
He earned his spot on the 2012 Olympic team by coming in 2nd to Michael Phelps, but beating Ryan Lochte. McGill’s run at a third-straight World Championship team ended this summer in Indianapolis when he came in 4th in the 100 fly final. He then ended his elite competitive 100 fly career with a 3rd-place finish at the U.S. Open.