Jimmy Feigen

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Jimmy Feigen
Personal information
National team  United States
Born (1989-09-26) September 26, 1989 (age 26)
Hilo, Hawaii
Height 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight 216 lb (98 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Longhorn Aquatics
College team University of Texas

James Feigen (born September 26, 1989) is an American competition swimmer who specializes in freestyle events. He won a silver medal as a member of the second-place U.S. team in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Feigen was born in Hilo, Hawaii. He graduated from Winston Churchill High School in San Antonio, Texas, and swam for the Churchill Chargers high school swim team. He held the high school national record (short course yards) in the 100-yard freestyle (43.05) and the 50-yard freestyle (19.49). Feigen was the Texas UIL Class 5A state champion in the 50-yard freestyle from 2006–08. Feigen was the National Boys' High School Swimmer of the Year in 2008.[1]

College career[edit]

He received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where he swam for coach Eddie Reese's Texas Longhorns swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition from 2009 to 2012. During his four-year college career, he received seventeen All-American honors, and won NCAA national championships in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, and 4x100-yard freestyle relay events in 2012.

International career[edit]


At the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials, Feigen placed 28th in the 50-meter freestyle (22.86) and 40th in the 100-meter freestyle (50.34).[2][3]

Feigen barely missed spots on the 2009 World Championship team when he finished seventh in the 100-meter freestyle (48.46) and fifth in the 50-meter freestyle (21.77) at the USA Swimming National Championships.[4] However, because of his results at Nationals, he was named to USA Swimming's National Team in the 50-meter freestyle.[5]


At the 2011 Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, Feigen earned the first international medal of his career, a gold, in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay with Tim Phillips, Kohlton Norys and Kohlton Norys. As the leadoff leg, Fiegen had a split of 49.27 and the U.S. team won the gold with a time of 3:15.84.[6] In the 100-meter freestyle, Feigen won the gold in a time of 49.26, becoming the first American man to win the event since 1993.[7] In the 4×100-meter medley relay, Fiegen earned a silver medal with Rex Tullius, George Klein, and Tim Phillips. Swimming the freestyle leg, Fiegen had a split of 49.05.[8]

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, the qualifying meet for the 2012 Olympics, Feigen made the U.S. Olympic team for the first time by finishing fifth in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 48.84 seconds, which qualified him to swim in the 4×100-meter freestyle as a member of the U.S. relay team. Although his final time was faster than his swim in the heats (49.29), it was significantly slower than what he posted in the semi-finals (48.48). Feigen also competed in the 50-meter freestyle, and finished fifth in the final with a time of 21.93.

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Feigen swam for the second-place U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and earned a silver medal when the U.S. team placed second in the final. Teaming with Matt Grevers, Ricky Berens and Jason Lezak, Feigen swam the lead off leg and recorded a time of 48.49 seconds.

2013 World Championships[edit]

At the 2013 U.S. National Championships, Feigen qualified to swim at the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona by placing second in the 100-meter freestyle with a time of 48.24. Feigen also competed in the 50-meter freestyle and tied for fourth place with a time of 21.88.

In his first event at the World Championships, Feigen combined with Nathan Adrian, Ryan Lochte, and Anthony Ervin in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, with the team finishing behind France. Swimming the anchor leg, Feigen recorded a split of 48.23, and the team finished with a final time of 3:11.44.

Feigen advanced to the 100-meter freestyle final as the second seed by posting 48.07 in the semi-finals. In the final, Feigen won a surprise silver in a personal best time of 47.82, only 0.11 seconds behind winner James Magnussen and out touching Nathan Adrian by 0.02 seconds. For Feigen, it was his first time breaking 48 seconds in the event.

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