Meredith is an American open water swimmer who radiates positive energy. With fans all over the world, this media darling connects instantly with a smile. Dubbed the “Kate Moss” of the marathon swimming community, she stands inches shorter and often twenty to thirty pounds lighter than her competition. One of the most relatable and recognizable World Record holders on the planet – when Meredith walks into a room she doesn’t just turn heads, she turns hearts.
A former professional triathlete, Meredith comes from a very strong swimming background. One of the fastest Age Group Backstrokers in the world, Meredith made an outright Olympic qualification standard at age 12. She swam Backstroke and IM at Division One Georgia Southern University. She combined a career in coaching with competing professionally (triathlon) after graduating from college. She has competed in more than 125 triathlons and qualified for four World Championship Teams. She is best known for beating all of the male pros out of the water – twice! After retiring from the ITU Triathlon circuit, she returned to her first love: swimming. A More Than Sport ambassador and almost 40 years old, her career as a marathon swimmer is just starting. Meredith embraces her age and her body type. She inspires others and motivates people to never give up, dream big and to love the body they have now.
In 2013, Meredith set an outright world best for the double crossing of the Auau Channel in her first ultra marathon swim. Sharing her training triumphs and disasters, she never gave up and inspired those around her. With a barebones budget, tiny fishing boat, and local military/firefighter crew, Meredith shattered the existing Men’s World Record becoming the first woman to ever successfully swim from Lanai to Maui and back. When her story of faith, determination and two tiger sharks went viral (Sports Illustrated, Huffington Post, Grind TV, The Surf Channel, Slowtwitch, Lava Magazine, every Hawaii news station, Perez Hilton, etc.) she came up with an even bigger goal and has not looked back.
Meredith plans on bringing the whole world with her during a three week stage swim. Swimming around the breathtakingly beautiful island of Oahu in September 2017, she wants to make history as the first person to officially swim around the entire island while raising one million dollars for charity.