Two-time NCAA champion and World Championship medalist Kensey McMahon is taking a break from aggressive swimming to pursue different alternatives.
McMahon, 23, informed SwimSwam that she’s placing the game “on pause” in the intervening time however hasn’t dominated out a return sooner or later.
“My post-grad plan was to proceed within the sport however typically plans don’t work out as you envision,” she stated. “Swimming is on pause and I’m pursuing different alternatives.”
McMahon wrapped up her school eligibility at Alabama this previous season with the most effective 12 months of her profession, successful NCAA titles within the ladies’s 500 free (4:36.62) and 1650 free (15:43.84) whereas additionally claiming the SEC title within the mile for the second time.
She’s additionally had a breakthrough in meters during the last 12 months, first successful bronze on the 2022 Quick Course World Championships within the ladies’s 1500 freestyle whereas representing the USA.
McMahon then had a really spectacular 2023 lengthy course season, setting private bests to position third within the ladies’s 1500 free (16:07.78) and sixth within the 800 free (8:25.97) at U.S. Nationals whereas additionally putting eighth within the 400 free (4:10.27). She added a PB of two:01.40 within the 200 free in a time trial.
Regardless of being quick sufficient within the 1500 free, McMahon was not part of the 2023-24 U.S. Nationwide Workforce roster that was introduced on Monday, indicating she opted out.
The Jacksonville, Florida native was named to the Nationwide Workforce in open water earlier this 12 months, and has represented the U.S. internationally in open water occasions a number of instances, together with putting tenth on the 2022 World Championships within the ladies’s 25km.
Over the course of her collegiate profession, McMahon was a nine-time All-American, together with ending inside the highest eight of the 1650 free in all 4 of her NCAA appearances. On the convention stage, she gained the SEC title within the 1650 free in 2020 to associate with her 2023 title, and she or he by no means missed the rostrum over 5 championship appearances, additionally putting third in 2019 and 2nd in each 2021 and 2022.