While swimming and diving for Dayton Central at National YMCA Championships: Athlete's high point, and 1st place in 1m diving, 3m diving, and 200 IM in 1956; 1st place in 1m diving, 3m diving, and trampoline in 1957. All-American for 3 years in diving and gymnastics at Ohio State University. Bronze medalist, 10m diving in the 1964 Olympics. Served as coach or judge of Olympic diving in 1976, 1984, 1988. Board member or officer of US Diving Inc., US Olympic Committee, FINA Diving, US Aquatics Sports, and the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Molly began her swimming career as a novice swimmer for the Powel Crosley, Jr. YMCA in the fall of 1987 at age 9 and continued through her senior year in high school in 1997. She continued her career and developed into a tremendous swimmer specializing in the IM. She finished her YMCA swimming career as the most accomplished female swimmer in Tigershark history.
Molly continued her swimming career at Miami University. She was an immediate contributor for the RedHawks at the Mid-American Conference Championships during her four years. During these years, she trained with the Tigersharks each summer serving as a role model in the water to younger Tigershark swimmers. She ended her swimming career as the 2001 MAC Champion in the 400 IM. She graduated from Miami with a 3.50 GPA in Elementary Education.
While Molly’s athletic career is distinguished, her award is based on her commitment to give back to YMCA swimming. She rejoined the Tigershark Swimming Team as White Practice Group Coach in the summer of 2001. She was named Senior Assistant in the fall of 2001. She is a committed coach for the Tigershark Swimming Program where she developed as a swimmer and a person. She works with 45-70 Tigershark swimmers daily between the two practice groups. She has performed extremely well as a coach and is respected by the current athletes for her passion and dedication to the swimmers. She relates well to the seniors and 11-12 swimmers and is an excellent teacher of swimming skills and competitive techniques. She has developed and implemented a comprehensive dryland training program for the Tigershark senior swimmers. She has brought the same dedication, enthusiasm and goal oriented tenacity from her swimming career to her coaching career. Each time, the Tigershark Swimming Team has been the beneficiary.
I first met Margo as an eager, six-year-old swimmer who exudes an on-going pursuit of personal, educational, and athletic excellence. Margo has achieved many goals and dreams through her determination and tremendous sense of responsibility by being accountable for her actions and beliefs. Over the many years of swimming, Margo has never backed down from any challenges. Even as a SPY club swimmer, she did tally up many hours of swim practices, dryland workouts, and swim meets revealing her self-motivation and passion for swimming.
Numerous achievements and awards highlight Margo’s impressive high school and club swimming career. Margo became the first swimmer in Ohio High School swimming history for girls and boys to win two events at the high school state championship meet 4 times. She still holds the Ohio High School Division II Championship’s Event Records for 50 yard FR 22.35 and 100 yard FR 48.45 which are also pool records at Canton’s C.T. Branin Natatorium. She is ranked #24 on JJ Huddle’s Ohio’s Top 50 Athletes of the Decade: 1999-2009. As a SPY swimmer, she first qualified for YMCA National Short Course Championship at age 12. She was selected to USA Swimming’s Junior National Team, which provided her first experience of international swimming. Another highlight that capped off her club swimming was the 2010 and her last YMCA National Short Course Championship. She again blasted out jaw-dropping performances; she won 4 individual events, plus setting 4 Championship Meet records in 50 yard FR, 100 yard FR, 200 yard FR, and 100 yard BK, still holding numerous SW OH Y League Champs and League Records. Even with her swimming commitment, she consistently received excellent grades throughout her education. At her Fairbanks High School, she was Valedictorian, National Honor Society Member, and Student Council President. With so much in her life, she has never lost focus for one most important thing- her family and friends.
Continuing to excel at the Univ. of Arizona in swimming, sportsmanship, academics, leadership, highlights of accolades and awards are: 3-time NCAA DI National Champion, 27 NCAA All-American Honors, team captain, 2014 PAC-12 Women’s Swimming & Diving Scholar-Athlete, Arizona’s Athletic Department’s Top Female Athlete of the Year for all four years of swimming, 2015 PAC-12’s Woman of the Year, and 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year Top Nine Finalist. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management with Cum Laude honors.
Margo is also a great role model; even as a high school swimmer on SPY, she loved helping the younger age group kids. Despite her busy high school schedule, she participated in the “Stand and Deliver” program developed by Larry Larson, which took top high school senior athletes to middle schools and elementary schools in Central Ohio to talk about life and growing up. Over her five collegiate years, she always volunteered time when at home to provide motivational talks for SPY's swimmers and instructors.
Geer attended the University of Arizona, where she swam for the Arizona Wildcats swimming team.
> Three-time NCAA DI National Champion (50-yard FR in 2013; 100-yard FR in 2013 and 2014).
> 2015 Pac-12 Woman of the Year
> Selected as one of nine Finalists for 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year
> Competed in Olympic Trials
- 2008 (50m FR 26.42 placed 41st)
- 2012 (50m FR 25.26 placed 7th and 12th in the 100m FR 54.85 placed 12th)
- 2016 50m FR placed 16th, 100m FR placed 15th)
> Represented the United States at the 2015 FINA World Aquatics Championships:
- gold medal 4×100-meter mixed fr relay
- silver medal in the 4 × 100 m mixed medley relay
- bronze medal in the 4×100-meter women’s fr relay