|National team||United States|
February 2, 1991 |
St. Petersburg, Florida
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg)|
|Club||New York Athletic Club|
|College team||University of Georgia|
Megan Romano (born February 2, 1991) is an American competition swimmer who specializes in backstroke and freestyle events. She is part of the current American record women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay team, and is the short-course yards American record-holder in the 200-yard freestyle and 4x200-meter freestyle relay. Along with her Georgia Bulldogs teammates, she won the NCAA Division I women's team championship in 2013.
At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, the qualifying meet for the 2012 Olympics, Romano narrowly missed the Olympic team by finishing seventh in the 200-meter freestyle with a time of 1:58.56 (the top six finishers were selected for the relay). Romano also competed in the final of the 100-meter backstroke and place eighth in the final.
At the 2012 Short Course World Championships, Romano won four medals: two gold, one silver, and one bronze. On the first day, Romano led off the relay and had a split of 1:56.03 in the 4×200 free relay. Along with teammates Chelsea Chenault, Shannon Vreeland, and Allison Schmitt, they won with a time of 7:39.25. Romano earned her first individual medal with a silver in the 100-meter free on the third day of competition, finishing behind Germany's Britta Steffen with a 52.48. Later, she anchored the 4×100 medley relay to a bronze-medal-winning 3:51.43 with the fastest split in the field of 51.90. In Romano's last event, she led off the relay with a split of 52.86, and along with Jessica Hardy, Lia Neal, and Allison Schmitt, won the 4×100 free relay in 3:31.01, nearly two seconds ahead of second-place finisher Australia.
At the 2013 World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Romano anchored the women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay to a gold medal, overtaking Australia's Alicia Coutts in the final 100 meters. She entered the water 7 tenths of a second behind Coutts, but beat the Australian by a margin of 0.12. Her split of 52.60 was a personal best and second-fastest of anyone in the field. The final relay time of 3:32.31 bettered the previous American record of 3:34.24. Romano earned her second medal, a gold, in the 4×100-meter medley relay with Missy Franklin, Jessica Hardy, and Dana Vollmer. Swimming the anchor leg, Romano recorded a split of 53.43 and the team finished with a time of 3:53.23.
|Long course (50 m pool)|
|50 m backstroke||28.56||Charlotte||May 10, 2013|
|100 m backstroke||59.85||Kazan||July 13, 2013|
|200 m backstroke||2:09:08||Indianapolis||August 11, 2012|
|50 m freestyle||24.98||Kazan||July 16, 2013|
|100 m freestyle||53.90||Indianapolis||June 25, 2013|
|200 m freestyle||1:57.54||Indianapolis||August 10, 2012|
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- "11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) – Women's 4×200 metre freestyle (final).". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) – Women's 100 metre freestyle (final).". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) – Women's 4×100 metre medley relay (final).". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "11th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) – Women's 4×100 metre freestyle (final).". Omega Timing. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "Monster Megan Romano Anchor Delivers Title, American Record to Team USA.". Swimming World Magazine. Retrieved 2013-07-29.