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Mary T. Meagher

Full name: Mary Terstegge Meagher (-Plant)
Gender: Female
Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: October 27, 1964 in Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Affiliations: California Golden Bears, Berkeley (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Related Olympians: Sister-in-law of Tom Plant.

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (5 Total)

Biography

Mary T. Meagher is the greatest butterfly swimmer ever. For her feats she earned the nickname of “Madame Butterfly.” Meagher won three gold medals at the 1984 Olympics, in both butterfly events, and on the 4 x 100 metre medley relay. In 1988, by then past her prime, she earned a bronze in the 200 metre butterfly and a silver on the medley relay. Meagher would likely have won both butterfly events in 1980 had the United States not boycotted the Moscow Olympics. She was World Champion in 1982 over 100 metres and in 1986 over 200 metres. She set two world butterfly records over 100 metres, and five over 200 metres, beginning in 1979. Her performance at the 1981 U.S. Nationals remains her greatest effort when she set world records of 57.93 for 100 metres, and 2:05.96 for 200 metres. These records, extremely dominant for their time, both lasted until 1999 before being broken. Her full name was Mary Terstegge Meagher, with the middle name derived from her mother’s maiden name. Meagher was always known as Mary T. to differentiate her from a sister who later entered a convent, to literally become Sister Mary Glen. Married to former speed skater Mike Plant, her sister Anne Meagher Northup was a US Congresswoman.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 100 metres Butterfly United States USA 1 Gold
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 200 metres Butterfly United States USA 1 Gold OR
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 1 Gold
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming Women's 100 metres Butterfly United States USA 7
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming Women's 200 metres Butterfly United States USA 3 Bronze
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay United States USA 2 Silver

Women's 100 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming United States Final 1 59.26
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU/OR 59.05
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming United States Final 7 1:00.97
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 2 QU 1:01.48

Women's 200 metres Butterfly

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming United States Final 1 OR 2:06.90
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 2:11.48
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming United States Final 3 2:10.80
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 2:12.35

Women's 4 × 100 metres Medley Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IST CTAS
1984 Summer 19 Los Angeles Swimming United States USA Final 1 4:08.34 58.04 3:13.07
1988 Summer 23 Seoul Swimming United States USA Round One Heat Three 1 QU 4:10.38 1:01.64 3:14.63