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Kathleen Hersey


Kathleen Hersey

Second place finisher Kathleen Hersey celebrates with winner Elaine Breeden after the final of the 200 meter butterfly during the U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials on July 3, 2008

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Kathleen is in the 200 Butterfly at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.


  • CLUB: Swim Atlanta (SA-GA)
  • DOB: Feb 21, 1990
  • HEIGHT: 5' 11" (180.3 cm)
  • HOMETOWN: Atlanta, Ga.
  • RESIDENCE: Roswell, Ga.
  • BIRTHPLACE: Athens, Ga.
  • COACHED BY: Mark Minier

Personal Notes:

  • High School: Marist HS '08
  • College: Texas '12
  • Parents: Brian and Regina Hersey; father is a consultant, and mother is a freelance editor
  • Sports Played Before Swimming: Basketball, tennis
  • Nickname(s): Legs; nicknamed Legs because her friends all say she is so tall and has such long legs
  • Pet(s): One dog; Hoover is a German short-haired pointer
  • Hobbies Outside the Pool: Playing tennis. photography, scrapbooking, baking
  • Ultimate Way to Relax: Having "movie day" with friends
  • Most Influential Person: Father and friend (Mary Brown); "I admire them because of their ability to transcend great difficulty with grace and determination."
  • Training Stats: Swims 9,000 yards per day, 3-4 ½ hours a day, 6 days a week
  • Is adopted
  • her birth father played football in college, and her mom was a collegiate swimmer
  • When she was younger, wanted to be a princess
  • drives a 1981 Mercedes Diesel
  • Favorites:
    • U.S. city: New York City
    • int'l destination: Sydney
    • summer activity: being lazy by the pool or at the beach
    • tv: Grey's Anatomy

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