Kate  McNeilis

Kate McNeilis


Dublin, Ohio

High School:
Dublin Scioto



Westerville Aquatics (Coach Jim Peterfish)


2014 - 2
2013 - 1
2012 - 2
2011 - 2

Silver (1)
2014: 400 Free Relay

2014 All-American
2014 All-SEC (2nd team)
2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2013 All-American
2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2012 All-American
2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2011 All-American
2011 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll

2013-14 - SENIOR
2014 All-American
2014 All-SEC (2nd team)
2014 SEC Academic Honor Roll


  • Competed in all five collegiate fall meets for Tennessee to begin final season
  • During the fall, found a role on Tennessee's freestyle relay teams and also put together a strong fall individual in the 100 freestyle
  • Competed at the AT&T Winter National Championships in Knoxville. Set a career best and NCAA B-cut time of 49.95 in the 100 freestyle, good for 20th place.


  • Helped the Lady Vols achieve a silver medal by swimming the third leg in the 400 freestyle relay. In doing so, she earned her first career All-SEC honor.


  • Helped the Lady Vols to seventh place in the 400 freestyle relay and 11th place in the 800 freestyle relay.
  • Finished her career with seven All-America honors

2012-13 - JUNIOR
2013 All-American
2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll


  • Veteran Lady Vol competed mostly in backstroke events during her third season and appeared occasionally in short distance freestyle and butterfly.
  • In season opener against UNC Wilmington, placed second in 200 free (1:55.75) and third in 200 back (2:06.25)
  • Made two career best times at UT Invite in 100 free (50.98) and 200 IM (2:05.85)
  • Her lone race victory came on the road against Virginia Tech, touching the wall first in the 200 backstroke in 2:00.95
  • Had a pair of second-place finishes in the 100 backstroke against Kentucky/Indiana and Louisville


  • Reached the final in two of her three individual races: the 100 and 200 backstroke
  • Finished 100 back in thirteenth (53.49) and placed 19th in 200 back (1:55.79), both in NCAA B-cut times. She cut nearly two seconds off her 200 back time from the preliminaries to the evening finals
  • Swam the second leg on the 800 freestyle relay team that put together a season best time of 6:58.91


  • Earned All-America honors for the third season by swimming the third leg on the 800 freestyle relay that finished ninth

2011-12 - SOPHOMORE
2012 All-American
2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll


  • Picked up two more All-America accolades at the NCAA Championships, including a first-team honor in the 200y free relay
  • The 200y FR broke a school record in the event after a prelim time of 1:28.37, finishing sixth in the finals after a mark of 1:28.55
  • Competed on the tenth-place 800y free relay quartet that touched in at 7:04.60, while also individually swimming in the 100y (53.88) and 200y (1:56.99) back events at the national championships
  • Set a Tennessee record in the 200y back with a time of 1:54.26 at the SEC Championships
  • She finished fourth in the event, while also placing third on the 200y free relay (1:28.86) and seventh in the 100y back (53.99) at the league championships
  • Holds B-cut readouts in the 100y fly, both back events and on four relays
  • Also swam a leg of the third-place 800y free relay and notched 16th in the 100y fly
  • Placed third in three events against Florida
  • Had top five finishes in the 100y fly, 100y back and 400y FR at No. 1 Georgia
  • Notched eighth in the 100y free, 200y free, 100y back and 200y back at the Tennessee Invite
  • Won a pair of relays at South Carolina
  • Swam a leg of the first-place 400y free relays at Louisville and the double dual meet against Kentucky and Indiana
  • In the season opener, won the 100y back and placed second in the 100y fly.

2010-11 - FRESHMAN
2011 All-American
2011 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll


  • Earned All-America honors as a member of the 14th-place 200y free relay and 200y medley relay squads at the NCAA Championships
  • Also competed at the NCAAs in the 100y back and 200y back
  • Grabbed a pair of bronze medals in relay events at the SEC Championships
  • Added a fourth-place finish in the 200y free relay, was a member of the UT record-setting 800y free relay squad and grabbed 11th in the 100y back and 14th in the 200y back with career-best times at the league championships
  • Swept four events versus Louisville
  • Notched two wins against Arkansas along with a runner-up and third-place finish
  • Took the top spot in the 100y back at Kentucky
  • Swam a leg of the victorious 400y FR squad and added four runner-up finishes at the UT Invitational
  • Was on two winning relay squads against Virginia
  • Also a member of the 400y free relay squad that grabbed first at Florida and runner-up against Georgia
  • Named to the SEC Freshmen Academic Honor Roll

  • Won the 100y back at the Ohio State High School championship (54.53) back-to-back years in 2009 and 2010
  • Also is the 2010 state champion in the 200y free
  • Her 100y back time of 53.55 at the 2009 state championships is a state record
  • Rated a five-star recruit by SwimmingWorld Magazine
  • Held the third-fastest time in the 100y back (53.55) in the prep ranks in 2009
  • Earned six NISCA high school All-America awards
  • As a Westerville Aquatic Club team member, competed at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, placing 36th in the 100m back
  • Finished 13th in the 100m back and 16th in the 200m back at the 2009 World Championship Trials.

  • Pursuing a degree in exercise science
  • Career objective is to become a member of the U.S. Olympic team and win an NCAA Championship
  • Has two sisters, Jessica and Ashley, and one brother, Kyle, who was a swimmer at Texas
  • Mary Kate McNeilis, daughter of Jim and Cindy McNeilis, was born May 22, 1992, in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Recipient of the Elise M. Morvant Scholarship Endowment



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