Garrett Weber-Gale (born August 6, 1985) is a U.S. Olympian who won 100 and 50 meter freestyles at the 2008 Olympic Trials in 47.92 and 21.47 seconds respectively.His time of 21.47 in the 50 was an American record. By clocking a time of 47.78 in the prelims of the 100 freestyle at the Trials, he became the first to break 48 seconds in that event. Weber-Gale is is also a two-time U.S. National Swim Team member, who swam on the USA’s gold-medal 400 Free Relay teams at the swimming World Championships in Montreal, Canada (2005) and Melbourne, Australia (2007). In 2006, he was the NCAA Division I Champion in the 100 freestyle. In 2004, Weber-Gale, with University of Texas teammates Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen and Ian Crocker, set a World Record in the short-course 400 Medley Relay in a time of 3:25.38. On July 2nd, 2008, he also set an American Record in the 100 freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trials with a 47.78, becoming the first American ever to break 48 seconds in the 100 meter freestyle.
Weber-Gale began his competitive career as a YMCA age-group swimmer. He set a national public high school record while at Nicolet High School in the 100 yard freestyle in 2003 with a time of 43.49. He is a three-time Wisconsin State Champion, twice in the backstroke and once in the freestyle.
Weber-Gale spent his childhood summers at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute, a summer camp in Oconomowoc, WI, where he competed in the camp’s annual triathlon competition. He will be returning for the dedication of the camp’s new aquatic center in the summer of 2009.
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Weber-Gale has a particular interest in cooking and has been featured as an aspiring chef on KTBC Fox 7 in Austin, Texa. He is an avid “Athletic Foodie” who believes in healthy eating and has begun to develop simple, nutritious recipes of his own.While in training he prepares virtually all of his own meals and follows a carefully planned diet.