Megan Jendrick

Megan Jendrick

Megan Jendrick
Personal information
Full name Megan M. Jendrick
Nickname(s) "MJ"
National team  United States
Born (1984-01-15) January 15, 1984
Tacoma, Washington
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 140 lb (64 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Breaststroke
Coach Nathan Jendrick

Megan Jendrick (born January 15, 1984), née Megan M. Quann, is an American former competition swimmer, former world record-holder, and fitness columnist. She won two gold medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Jendrick set 27 American records and four world records in her swimming career . She is a ten-time national champion, ten-time U.S. Open champion, seven-time masters world record-holder, and fifteen-time U.S. Masters national record-holder.


  • Career 1
  • Personal 2
  • See also 3
  • External links 4
  • References 5


In 2000, after being the youngest medalist on the U.S. Olympic swim team, winning gold medals in the 100-meter breaststroke and 4×100-meter medley relay, Jendrick was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine.

Jendrick was the star of the 2005 World University Games in Izmir, Turkey, winning three gold medals and setting two University Games records. At those games, she was the only American woman to capture individual gold in two events.

Jendrick was only the second woman to swim the 100-yard breaststroke in under a minute and was also the second woman in history to swim the 100-yards breaststroke in under 59 seconds.

In 2006, Jendrick was the subject of a question on the December 6 episode of the game show Jeopardy!. The question for $1,600 was under the subject "12 Letter Words," and read "In the 2000 Summer Olympics, the USA's Megan Quann swam the 100m in this event in 1:07.05 to win gold."

In 2007, Jendrick won the silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 12th FINA World Championships.[1]

On July 1, 2008, Jendrick qualified for the 2008 U.S. Olympic team in the 100-meter breaststroke, eight years after winning gold in the event at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. With the disqualification of Jessica Hardy, who was dropped from the team after testing positive for a banned substance (Clenbuterol), Jendrick is officially the winner of the event. Jendrick thus made her second Olympic team after she missed qualifying in that event by 11 one-hundredths of a second in 2004. In Beijing, Jendrick silenced many critics by making the final of the 100-meter breaststroke—ultimately finishing in fifth place—and capturing a silver medal as part of the 4×100-meter medley relay.[2]

In Beijing, Jendrick became only the third person to win Olympic swimming medals under two different names and just the second American. The first was Eleanor Garatti (later Saville) in 1928 and 1932, the second was Libby Lenton (later Trickett) in 2004 and 2008. Jendrick did so in 2000 as Megan Quann, and in 2008 as Megan Jendrick.

On July 25, 2009, Jendrick set the 27th American Record of her career, this time in unusual fashion. Taking out a 200-meter breaststroke final, she raced her first 50 in 30.40 seconds, beating the 30.63 record that had been held by Jessica Hardy since 2007.

In 2012, just seven months after giving birth to her first child, a son, Jendrick competed at the U.S. Olympic Trials. In 2013, she swam at the U.S. National Championships, winning bronze in the 50-meter breaststroke.

On September 24, 2013, Jendrick announced her retirement from international swimming.[3]


Megan Jendrick at a swim clinic.

Jendrick graduated from Emerald Ridge High School in Puyallup, Washington. Jendrick attended Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland, Washington, before enrolling at, and graduating from, Arizona State University.

In December 2004, Jendrick married author Nathan Jendrick.

Jendrick is still often listed as Quann or Quann-Jendrick but she has said that her legal and professional name is Megan Jendrick and that the hyphenated version is not correct.

Jendrick is the 2006 recipient of the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award, and was nominated that same year for a Golden Goggle Award, the highest honor outside of swimming an American aquatic athlete may receive. To date, she is a two-time nominee. From the Iba, Jendrick donated $10,000 to Children's Hospital in Seattle.

In late 2008, Jendrick began writing a weekly fitness question and answer column on the Advanced Research Press publication website,

On October 19, 2011, Megan gave birth to her first child, a son named Daethan.

In September 2013, Megan became site supervisor at the Fife Swim Center in Fife, Washington.[4]

See also

External links

  • Official website
  • USA Swimming athlete bio: Megan Jendrick
  • Interview for
  • Megan Jendrick Welcomes First Child, Daethan
  • Olympic gold winner takes time out from studies to train for Summer Olympics


  1. ^ "12th FINA World Championships". Archived from the original on 2007-06-06. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  2. ^ "ESPN Sydney Swimming". Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
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  4. ^ "Fife pool hires Olympic gold medalist". Retrieved 2013-09-23.