World Championships medalist and NCAA All-American Bethany Galat announced her retirement from swimming Monday on Instagram. Galat has been competitive on the national-level since high school and has been one of the USA’s top breaststroke and IM specialists of the past two Olympic quads.
Galat placed 2nd in the 200 breaststroke at the 2017 National Championships, earning a spot on the team that would compete in Budapest, Hungary. Galat went on to win silver in the 200 breaststroke at the 2017 FINA World Championships. At the 2018 FINA World Championships in Hangzhou, China, Galat won silver again in the 200 (SCM) breaststroke. In 2019 at the Pan American Game in Lima, Peru, Galat won another silver medal in the 200 breaststroke.
Despite her at Worlds and Pan Ams, Galat never made a U.S. Olympic team. At the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials, Galat placed 3rd in both the 400 IM and 200 breaststroke, as well as 6th in the 200 IM. In 2021, Galat placed 4th in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha.
Galat swam at Texas A&M University and is the program record holder in the women’s 200 yard breaststroke, set in 2018 at a 2:03.26 at the NCAA Championships, placing 2nd. Galat is also the 2nd-fastest performer in Texas A&M history in the 200 IM and 400 IM, and is ranked in the top-10 in the 100 breaststroke and 200 butterfly. In addition to her runner-up finish in the 200 breaststroke at NCAAs in 2018, Galat placed 4th twice and 5th four times individually at the NCAA Championships. Galat was also the 2017 SEC Champion in the 200 breaststroke, pulling the upset victory out of lane 8.
Galat won 5 individual Indiana high school state titles from 2012 to 2014, capturing 3 wins in the 200 IM and 2 in the 100 breaststroke. In 2014, Galat’s hometown of Mishawaka, Indiana declared August 18th Bethany Galat Day in honor of her winning high school multiple state titles, among other accomplishments in the pool.
Galat was recently named to the 2021-2022 US National Team for the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. She represented the DC Trident in the 2019 and 2020 seasons of the International Swimming League.