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Dolfin Pro Melanie Margalis is an Olympian! She made the team Wednesday night in style, qualifying for two different events: the 800 free relay and 200 IM. We knew Melanie was on fire when she qualified on Monday for the final of the 100 breaststroke, an event she doesn’t even consider her best. Melanie chose to scratch the 100 breast in order to focus on her 200 free and 200 IM. When Melanie was asked if she was going to try to pull off the double of swimming both finals in one night, her answer was “Go big or go home!”
Well Melanie isn’t going home…She’s going to Rio! She kicked off her impressive double with a sixth place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:57.65), securing her spot on the 800 free relay. Less than an hour later, Melanie was back on the blocks for the final of the 200 IM. She swam most of the race toward the back of the pack, waiting to make her move until the final turn. She surged from fifth to a battle for second place, touching out 2012 Olympian Caitlin Leverenz by five one hundredths of second on the very last stroke.
For Melanie, qualifying for the Olympic team hasn’t fully set in. “I feel like I don’t even know what’s going on. I think they give you a letter, and that’s when it will be a real thing. I had no idea what had happened when I touched the wall. I’m still just really shocked.”
Melanie is Dolfin’s first ever Olympian. We are so proud of her hard work and are so excited to continue to support her as she lives her dream and represents the US at the Olympic Games in Rio.
Article by Meredith Roberts