UCLA Swimming & Diving BIO
Michaela Merlihan
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Michaela Merlihan 1733538
Position: Free
Height: 5'7"
Year: Junior
Hometown: Yorba Linda, Calif.
High School: Esperanza HS

Swam season bests in the 200 Free (2:05.90), 400 Free (4:19.35) and the 800 Free (9:04.34). 

Recorded a career-best 1:49.69 in the 200 Free at the Pac-12 Championships ... Also finished 10th in the 1650 Free with a career-best 16:41.17 ... Posted a season-best 4:54.06 in the 500 Free, besting her previous high by two seconds, and a career-best 9:58.37 in the 1000 Free.

Merlihan posted an 18th-place finish in the 1650 Freestyle (17:02.61) at the Pac-12 Championships … had season-best times in the 1000 Free against Stanford and the 200 (1:50.36) and 500 Free (4:56.76) versus USC.

Finished first in the 400 Freestyle (4:18.86) at the California Summer Sectionals in Santa Clarita and was also a part of the first-place 800 Free Relay team ... also swam at the U.S. Open in Irvine.

Swam at Esperanza High School in Anaheim for four years ... three-time All-American in the 200 and 500 Freestyle and 400 Free Relay team ... won a pair of undefeated league championships and a CIF title ... named team Swimmer of the Year three years in a row and was the Century League MVP in 2012 ... swam club with Irvine Novaquatics ... was a two-time Scholastic All-American ... fifth in leader points at the Southern Section sectionals in 2012 ... finished Top 16 in the 200 and 400 Free at Junior Nationals ... also competed in the Olympic Trials in the 400 Free.

Born Sept. 20, 1994 in Brookfield, Wis. ... daughter of Kimberly and Terrence Merlihan ... has one sister, Meghan, and one brother, Patrick ... sociology major.

Michaela Merlihan’s Career Highs
200 Freestyle (Short Course) 1:49.69
500 Freestyle (Short Course) 4:54.06
1000 Freestyle (Short Course) 9:58.37
1650 Freestyle (Short Course) 16:41.17

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