World Championship Medalist Gabby DeLoof Joining Pro Group At Tennessee

The pro group at the University of Tennessee got a little bit stronger on Thursday, as 2019 U.S. World Championship medalist Gabby DeLoof announced that she’s headed to Knoxville to train throughout the next stage of her career.

DeLoof, who swam collegiately at the University of Michigan from 2014 to 2018, has trained with Club Wolverine in Ann Arbor and Team Elite in San Diego since graduating and turning pro.

Her older sister, Ali DeLoof, recently left Tennessee after making the move there in 2020.


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The 26-year-old made a name for herself in 2018, qualifying for both the Pan Pacific Championships that summer and subsequently the 2019 World Championships in Gwangju.

At Worlds, DeLoof won a silver medal as a prelim team member of the U.S. women’s 800 freestyle relay. She also piled up five gold medals at the World University Games in 2019, including a pair of individual wins in the women’s 100 and 200 free.

At the 2021 Olympic Trials, DeLoof narrowly missed a spot on the U.S. Olympic team, placing seventh in the women’s 200 free while also placing 16th in the 100 free.

At the 2022 International Team Trials in April, DeLoof finished 12th in the 100 back (1:00.86), 13th in the 200 free (1:59.99), 16th in the 50 back (28.69) and 18th in the 100 free (55.58).

Her best times in what have historically been her primary events, the 100 and 200 free, stem from 2019 and 2018, respectively, and she’ll be eyeing a career renaissance of sorts in making the move to Tennessee.

In addition to her success on the international stage, DeLoof has also competed professionally in the International Swimming League (ISL), representing the NY Breakers in 2019 and the Tokyo Frog Kings in 2021.

The pro women’s group in Knoxville, head up by Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich, includes the likes of Erika BrownMadeline Banic, and recent addition Kira Toussaint.

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1 year ago

So, her sister Ali leaves Knoxville, and her sister Gabby comes in……

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1 year ago

Don’t think it’s so much Ali left Knoxville rather she’s done swimming

1 year ago

Good things happen here everyday!

1 year ago

Gabbie Deloof.
200FR LCM.
Season best.
2016 – 2:00.57 (20yo)
2017 – 1:58.58
2018 – 1:56.55
Expectations are extremely high… but nothing happened. She didn’t make Olympic National Team. Returned back where she came from. Very similar trajectory to Mallory Comerford at the same time period.

1 year ago

Wow Tennessee is building a strong female pro group! Wish Simone had decided join instead of going to ASU with Bowman.

1 year ago

World champion Tess Cieplucha has been consistently in Knoxville since her undergrad there

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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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