You may not readily recognize the name Megan Jendrick, but if the name was written this way – Megan (Quann) Jendrick – you would certainly have an “ah ha” moment. Pierce County residents were justifiably proud when the South Hill native and then-Emerald Ridge High student won gold medals in the 100-meter breaststroke and the 400-meter medley relay at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. After getting married to Nathan Jendrick and taking time to work on a degree from Pacific Lutheran University, she is back in the pool and showing some of the form that led to those Olympic gold medals.
Jendrick, born on Jan. 15, 1984 in Tacoma, made her return to competition in a big way in 2006, winning the 100- and 200-meter breaststroke events at the Spring Championships. At the national championships, she won a national title in the 100-meter breaststroke, the same individual event in which she won her Olympic gold, and finished second in the 200. She also earned a silver medal at the Pan-Pacific Championships. In March 2007, she picked up a silver medal in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 12th FINA World Championships. She also won both breaststroke events at the 2007 Washington Speedo Championship series, clocking 59.02 in the 100-yard breaststroke and 2:07.80 in the 200-yard event. The time in the 200 was a lifetime best and a new Pacific Northwest Swimming and Senior Sectional meet record.
Jendrick has set 26 American records and one world record and is a 10-time national champion and nine-time U.S. Open champion.
In May 2006, she won the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award for her donation of time and spirit to her community. A $10,000 donation in her name was made to the Greatest Needs Fund at The Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle.
Jendrick is balancing school, married life, and competitive swimming with coaching. She is the head coach for the POWER group of King Aquatic Club, working with as many as 40 swimmers from age 13 to 22.