August 25, 1962 |
New London, Connecticut
|Height||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|Weight||137 lb (62 kg)|
|Club||North Baltimore Aquatic Club|
|College team||Indiana University
University of Florida
Andrews received an athletic scholarship to attend the Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and swam for the Indiana Hoosiers swimming & diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Big Ten Conference competition during the 1980–1981 school year, winning six Big Ten titles. After her freshman season, Andrews transferred to the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she swam for coach Randy Reese's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in NCAA and Southeastern Conference (SEC) competition in 1982 and 1983. As a Gator, she won back-to-back SEC titles in the 50-yard and 100-yard backstroke events, and was a member of six SEC championship relay teams. She was a three-time NCAA champion (twice in the 400-yard medley relay, and once in the 200-yard medley relay), and received thirteen All-American honors. The Gators won the 1982 NCAA women's team championship, and the Gators' winning 400-yard medley relay team of Andrews, Amy Caulkins, Michelle Kurtzman and Kathy Treible set a new American national record in the event of 3:40.99. Andrews, together with teammates Kurtzman, Treible and Tracy Caulkins, won the NCAA 400-yard medley relay event again in 1983, and the team placed second overall at the NCAA championship tournament.
Andrews won two gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. She won her first gold in the women's 100-meter backstroke, narrowly edging fellow American Betsy Mitchell by eight one-hundredths (.08) of a second for final time of 1:02.55. She earned her second gold as a member of the winning U.S. team in the women's 4x100-meter medley relay event, sharing the honor with American teammates Tracy Caulkins, Mary T. Meagher and Nancy Hogshead. Andrews gave her first Olympic gold medal to her brother in a private gathering, honoring him for his courage after he was paralyzed at the age of 19.
Life after swimming
Andrews graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in therapeutic recreation in 1986, and thereafter, from Ohio State University with a master's degree in clinical social work. From 1992 to 1999, she worked as a clinical social worker in children's hematology and cancer treatment at the University of Virginia Health Science Center. Andrews has worked for MBNA America and Bank of America since 1999; as a Bank of America vice president and market manager for consumer banking, she currently oversees fifteen banking centers in Delaware and Pennsylvania.
Andrews also gives motivational speeches for corporations, conferences, community groups and schools, usually on the topics of individual potential and the importance of teamwork in achieving goals, and drawing on the values of the Olympic movement.
Andrews is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee, and has served as a volunteer for the U.S. Olympic Alumni Association since 2004. She is also a veteran celebrity swimmer for Swim Across America (SAA), a charitable organization that uses former Olympic swimmers to raise funds for cancer research, and has participated in SAA events for nine years.
In 2008, Andrews received the NCAA’s Silver Anniversary Award, which recognizes successful former student-athletes who have excelled in their careers after graduation.
- Florida Gators
- List of multiple Olympic gold medalists
- List of Ohio State University people
- List of Olympic medalists in swimming (women)
- List of University of Florida alumni
- List of University of Florida Olympians
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- "Gold medalist Andrews swims to top ranks of B of A," Philadelphia Business Journal (August 18, 2008). Retrieved June 4, 2011.