Rachel Komisarz (born December 5, 1976), also known by her married name Rachel Komisarz-Baugh, is an American former competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder. She began swimming when she was a senior in high school because of a gymnastics injury that left her with two fractured vertebrae.Komisarz swam at the University of Kentucky and became a seven-time All American swimmer and three-time SEC Champion by the end of her four years at the University. Not only was Komisarz very dedicated to swimming while at the University of Kentucky, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and a Kinesiology major with an emphasis in exercise.
She swam for the United States team at the 2004 Summer Olympics, where she won a gold medal in the women's 4×200-meter freestyle relay, and a silver medal in the women's 4×100-meter medley relay. Komisarz did not make the 2008 Olympics, and actually had shoulder surgery shortly after. Once she had fully recovered, Komisarz tried to get back into the pool, but it just was not the same anymore. It was in 2009 that she stopped competitively swimming.
Komisarz was named the head coach of the Ohio Bobcats women's swimming team at Ohio University in 2014, after serving five years as an assistant coach for the Louisville Cardinals swimming team at the University of Louisville. When Komisarz began her coaching career at the University of Louisville, they actually creating an assistant coaching position just so that they could hire her. While she was an assistant at the University, she helped bring the team to place fifteenth in the NCAA Championships.
Komisarz took the job at Ohio University because she wanted to build a program at the university. She loves her new job and plans to make Ohio University a nationally ranked team. Komisarz designed and executed the workout programs at the University of Louisville and plans to do the same at Ohio University.