Dana Denise Vollmer
(born November 13, 1987) is an American swimmer
gold medalist. At the 2004 Summer Olympics
she won a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay with Natalie Coughlin
, Kaitlin Sandeno
, and Carly Piper
that set the world record in the event.
She has won a total of twenty-seven medals in major international competition, fifteen gold, eight silver, and four bronze spanning the Olympics, the World Championships
, the Pan American Games
, the Pan Pacific Championships
, and the Goodwill Games
Though born in Syracuse, New York
, she was raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex
suburb of Granbury, Texas
. As a child, Vollmer swam for coach Ron Forrest at the Fort Worth Area Swim Team (FAST).
Collegiately, she initially swam for the University of Florida
, before transferring to the University of California, Berkeley
In 2003, Dana underwent heart surgery to correct a condition called Supra Ventricular Tachyardia
, which produces a quickened pulse rate of about 240 beats per minute. After that surgery, an EKG
indicated that she might have Long QT Syndrome
; however, further testing indicated that she did not have the syndrome. Nonetheless, her heart conditions demand that a defibrillator
be kept poolside when she swims as a precautionary measure.
Dana is engaged to Andy Grant.
At age 12, she was the youngest swimmer competing at the 2000 U.S.... Read More