USA National Teamer Hannah Stevens Retires From Swimming

USA National Teamer Hannah Stevens has announced her retirement from competitive swimming at the age of 23. “Over the past few months, I fought to stay in this sport and the decision to retire did not come easy for me,” reads Stevens’ social media account this week. “I feel it is what is best for me mentally and physically.”

Stevens competed as a student-athlete at the University of Missouri, amassing 14 NCAA All-American honors and an SEC runner-up finish in the 100y backstroke at this year’s conference championships. She also finaled in the 100y backstroke at this year’s NCAA Championships.

Internationally, Stevens represented the United States at the 2017 World Championships, where she finished 9th in the semi-finals of the 50m backstroke event. That same year the Mizzou Tiger also scored 3 medals at the World University Games, winning bronze in the 50m back, silver in the 100m back and another silver as a member of Team USA’s 4x100m medley relay.

“Over the last few years I have struggled with back problems and this past year has been no exception. Over the past few months I fought to stay in this sport and the decision to retire did not come easy for me but I feel it is what is best for me, mentally and physically. I have been truly blessed to call the University of Missouri my home for the last four years and am incredibly greatfull for the people I have met along the way,” continues Stevens’ retirement announcement.

“I have too many people that I could thank for the unconditional love and support and please just know I have never taken that for granted. From the kiddie pool at Clearfork to the World Championships in Budapest I have had the time of my life, I thank God everyday for the opportunities he has given me and the people he has put into my life. I can’t wait to see where the next chapter takes me.”

With the U.S. Summer Nationals looming, Stevens’ retirement may potentially open the door for another would-be 100 backstroker to snag a spot for this year’s Pan Pacific Championships roster. Young Regan Smith, Olympic medalist Kathleen Baker, former Michigan Wolverine Ali DeLoof and American record holder Olivia Smoliga are just a few of the names who will by vying for a national title and the right to represent the U.S. in Tokyo this summer. Those names will also be in the mix, along with rising stars such as Alex Walsh, come the Olympic Trials in 2020.

As many people have heard I have recently made the decision to retire from swimming. Over the last few years I have struggled with back problems and this past year has been no exception. Over the past few months I fought to stay in this sport and the decision to retire did not come easy for me but I feel it is what is best for me, mentally and physically. I have been truly blessed to call the University of Missouri my home for the last four years and am incredibly greatfull for the people I have met along the way. I have too many people that I could thank for the unconditional love and support and please just know I have never taken that for granted. From the kiddie pool at Clearfork to the World Championships in Budapest I have had the time of my life, I thank God everyday for the opportunities he has given me and the people he has put into my life. I can’t wait to see where the next chapter takes me.

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Definitely Not Sun Yang

Her reaction to winning the 50m back was one of the most memorable moments of nationals last year. All the best to her!

Swammerererer

Awesome career! Good luck w the next phase of your career…..enjoy being a Swammer(ererer)

Polly

Congrats on a great career Hannah! Take a little time to rest and recover and then try Masters Swimming! You still get to do this amazing support and it’s more fun than anything else!

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After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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