Dominik Meichtry - Updated Apr 2024

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Dominik Meichtry

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Dominik Meichtry is a competitive swimmer from Switzerland. Dominik Meichtry specializes in middle-distance freestyle events and he holds six Swiss national records (long course and short course).

Early Life

Dominik Meichtry opened his eyes to this world on November 18, 1984, in St. Gallen, Switzerland. As of 2023, he is 39 years old and has a birth sign of Scorpio. He holds Swiss nationality and belongs to British-Irish ethnicity.

Caption: Dominik Meichtry with his mother (Source: Instagram)

He shares a strong bond with his parents, but he has not made public his parents’ names and their profession. However, he frequently shared photos with his parents on his social media sites.

While he has not made clear about his siblings and seems to be the only child of his parents. Similarly, there are very little information is known about his childhood days. But, he had a deep interest in sports since his childhood days.

Education

Talking about his academics, he is an alumna of the University of California, Berkeley. He completed his graduation from the University with Honors in Psychology and sociology in the year 2009.

College Career

During his college years, Dominik Meichtry started swimming for the California Golden Bears representing the college. Moreover, he came in 2nd position at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAAs) competition during his sophomore year.

He captained the CAL men’s swim team during his junior and senior year leading the Bears to a fourth-place finish at the NCAAs. Meichtry earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology in the spring of 2009.

He received his training at The Race Club, a summer swimming program created by Olympic swimmers Gary Hall, Jr. and Gary Hall, Sr. Moreover, the club has trained well-known swimmers such as Roland Mark Schoeman, Mark Foster, Ryk Neethling, and Therese Alshammar.

Professional Career

Dominik Meichtry represented his country in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. In the competition, he swam the 8th fastest time ever recorded in the 200m Freestyle event. In the process, he defeated Michael Phelps, who may not have been swimming at his best in the quarter-finals, to become the first Swiss swimmer to be the top seed going into the semi-finals.

He placed sixth in the 200m Freestyle final (Phelps won the race, swimming over 2-1/2 seconds ahead of Meichtry). He was also the first Swiss to break the 49-second barrier as he started the 4×100 Freestyle relay in 48.96 seconds. Later in the race, he lowered his record in the 100 Freestyle event to 48.55.

Caption: Dominik Meichtry swimming in the competition (Source: Facebook)

He earned his first international medal in December 2008 at the 2008 European Short Course Swimming Championships in Rijeka, Croatia. Moreover, he earned silver in the 200m freestyle but lost out on the European title by 0.02 seconds.

He relocated his training base to Southern California in the fall of 2009 to train with Dave Salo for the Trojan Swim Club at the University of Southern California.

Later, he qualified for his third Olympic Games in the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, China, under the guidance of Dave Salo. He finished seventh in the 200m Freestyle in 1:47.02 and set a new national record in the 100m Butterfly.

Net Worth 2023

Being a talented athlete, he has earned a decent sum of money through his swimming career. He has lived a good lifestyle which is possible through his professional career, contracts, sponsorship, and brand endorsement.

As of 2023, the Swiss swimmer’s net worth is estimated at around $1 million while his salary and income are yet under review. While an average professional swimmer made around $81k or above annually in Switzerland.

Dominik Meichtry – Awards

Throughout his swimming career, he has won a total of 31 individual Swiss national medals, 25 gold, 6 silver till now. In addition, he was named Switzerland’s top 10 male Athlete in 2008 and won Athlete of the Year in his canton of St. Gallen.

Relationship Status

On the 5th of October 2013, Dominik Meichtry married the American Swimmer, Jessica Hardy. By profession, his wife is a Gold Medalist in Swimming. With the marriage, the couple is blessed with a daughter Olivia Adele Meichtry. Currently, the family is living happily and there is no sign of their separation at the moment.

Caption: Dominik Meichtry wedding photo (Source: Facebook)

As of now, he has managed to preserve any type of distance that caused media headlines. Aside from that, he has successfully suppressed all rumors.

Body Measurements

Caption: Dominik Meichtry attending a program with his wife (Source: Facebook)

This Swiss athlete is 6 feet tall (1.83 m) and weighs around 73 kg (161 lbs). In addition, he has brown eyes with brunette hair colour while his other body measurements are under review.

Dominik Meichtry – Social Media

On his Instagram page ‘@dominikmeichtry’ there are over 1.6k followers. Likewise, there are over 4.7k followers on his Twitter page ‘@SwissDom’ and over 4.5k followers on his official Facebook page.