Lauren English

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Lauren English
Personal information
Full name Lauren Anne English
National team  United States
Born (1989-04-22) April 22, 1989 (age 28)
Glen Ridge, New Jersey
Sport Swimming
Strokes Backstroke
College team University of Georgia

Lauren Anne English (born April 22, 1989) is an American swimmer who represented the United States at the Pan Pacific Championships (2006), the World University Games (2007) and the Junior Pan Pacific Games (2005). English was born in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and currently resides in Lincoln Park, New Jersey. She set the United States Open Record in the 50 Meter Backstroke.[1] She swam collegiately for the University of Georgia.

High school[edit]

Growing up in Lincoln Park, New Jersey, she attended Montville Township High School and was a four-time state champion in the 100 yard Backstroke, where she holds the state record.[2][3] She was also state champion and holds the New Jersey record in the 50 yard freestyle.[4] She holds the 100 meter (short course) backstroke national public high school record.[5] English was New Jersey Swimmer of the year twice and was named high school swimmer of the year by the National High School Coaches Association in 2007. She was a nine-time High School All American and a multiple Academic All American.[6] In addition to swimming for her high school team, she swam for the Cougar Aquatic Club.

At the turn of the decade, she was named one of the ten most outstanding female high school athletes in New Jersey of the past ten years.[7]


At the University of Georgia she swam on their nationally ranked swim team under coach Jack Bauerle.[8] As a Freshman, though she reached the finals of the SEC Championships, made the all Freshman SEC team in two events,[9] and made NCAA cuts she labored the entire year under a serious shoulder injury and was unable to compete at the NCAA's. However, as a result of her academic and athletic performances she was named an Academic All American.[10] She did not compete in her sophomore year while rehabbing from an operation to correct the shoulder injury. She was a member of the University of Georgia team which won the SEC Championships in 2010 and which was the runner - up in the NCAA Championships, her junior year. She was co-captain of the 2011-2012 team.[11]

National Competitions[edit]

English came in ninth in the 2004 Olympic Trials in the 100 Backstroke at the age of 15. In 2005 she gained a Silver at the U.S. Open.In 2006 She got a Bronze at the Spring Championships and got a Silver in the 100 Backstroke at the Summer Nationals. She broke the US Open Record for the 50 Backstroke in 2007 at the Toyota Grand Prix at the University of Missouri, winning a Gold in the event.[1] She still holds the YMCA long course 50 backstroke record she set in 2004. [12] In National competitions she swam for the Cougar Aquatic Club in Montclair, New Jersey under Coach Kit Ashenfelter.

International Competitions[edit]

She won a Silver in the 100 backstroke, a bronze in the 200 backstroke, and a Bronze in the 400 Medley Relay at the 2005 Junior Pan Pacific Meet. She was a member of USA's Pan Pacific team and was a finalist in the 100 backstroke at the 2006 Pan Pacific Meet. At the World University Games in 2007 she helped the United States team to a Silver in the 400 Medley Relay (pr) and was a finalist in the 50 Back.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Lauren English, USA Swimming. Accessed December 9, 2007.[dead link]
  2. ^ "English is all the talk - Sets record in 100 backstroke", The Star-Ledger, March 7, 2005.
  3. ^ Canner-O'Mealy, Ryan. "The cruelest twist: English keeps swim dreams afloat despite asthma", Sports Illustrated, May 29, 2007. Accessed February 23, 2011. "Of all the cruel twists irony can take, this is about as bad as it gets. Lauren English, a senior swimmer at Montville (N.J.) and a potential 2008 Olympian who owns multiple state records and five Meet of Champions titles, suffers from chlorine-induced asthma."[dead link]
  4. ^ No surrender! Archived April 23, 2005, at the Library of Congress
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  6. ^ See "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 25, 2007. Retrieved December 9, 2007. 
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  8. ^ Lauren English Bio -—Official Athletic Site of the University of Georgia[dead link]
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved October 6, 2008. 
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