Rada Owen

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Rada Owen
Personal information
Full nameRada Ellen Owen
National team United States
Born (1978-10-12) October 12, 1978 (age 40)
Richmond, Virginia
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight154 lb (70 kg)
College teamAuburn University

Rada Ellen Owen (born October 12, 1978) is an American swimming coach and former competition swimmer. Owen competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics.


Rada Owen was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, where she began her swimming career at the age of 5. She is a graduate of Auburn University where she swam as a member of one of the top swim programs in the country. While there she held numerous team records, was a six-time Southeastern Conference champion, a fourteen-time All-American, and was key in developing a national championship-winning team.

She competed for the United States in various international competitions, including the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.[1]

Her technique is the basis for the swim clinics she has run around the world. She lends her stroke demonstration to the "Swimming Faster Freestyle" DVD series and has been the focus of magazines articles depicting her form. She retired from competition in 2003, and now competes at Master's meets, usually only once a year and only in the relay events.

Owen appeared in a McDonald's commercial for the 2008 Summer Olympics.[2]

The Virginia Senate and House of Delegates passed a joint resolution commending Owen in 2001.[3]

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  1. ^ "CNNSI.com - Olympic Sports - U.S. Women's Olympic Swim Team - Thursday September 07, 2000 12:06 PM". Sportsillustrated.cnn.com. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
  2. ^ Tony Austin (2008-08-11). "Southern California Aquatics SCAQ Swim Club: Rada Owen in a 'McDonalds' commercial". Scaq.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2011-12-08.
  3. ^ "Bill Tracking - 2001 session > Legislation". Leg1.state.va.us. 2001-01-25. Retrieved 2011-12-08.

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