tim leibhold


Provide a little background info about yourself

I grew up in Chapel Hill, NC and came to Madison to swim for the Badgers.  After graduation, I continued to swim as a professional, trying to make the US Olympic Team.  I was twice a finalist in the 200 Meter Individual Medley, finishing 8th in 2004 and 4th in 2008.  I was the 2005 USA Swimming National Champion in 200IM.  I also represented the US at the 2006 Short Course World Championships, where I finished 8th in the 200 IM and won gold as part of the 800 Free Relay. In 2007 I represented the US at the World University Games winning a gold as part of the 800 Free Relay.

After my swimming career ended in 2008, I moved to Minneapolis, MN to resume my grown-up career as a structural engineer.  I met my wife here in Madison (she was a diver, I was a swimmer), and at the time I moved to MN, she was working for Target Corp Headquarters.  In 2012, we decided we wanted to move back to Madison to start our family.
I currently work as a Structural Engineer at Flad Architects, and am the father to 2 wonderful boys – James (almost 3) and George (6 months) and live in Verona.

How long have you been affiliated with SBR?

This is my third year swimming with SBR – I started in January 2015

Why did you join SBR? Why have you stayed?

I was looking for a morning masters group that was convenient to home, and found SBR.  I’ve stayed because I enjoy the workouts and the camaraderie.

What is your favorite class, service, or event with SBR?

The only one I do! Morning Masters (Personal Best Swimming)

What sport do you primarily participate in?

Swimming, though I would love to add cycling to my list.  As the dad to 2 small kids, however, my bike and trainer are currently gathering dust.  I have done one indoor triathlon, and one outdoor triathlon however, and have simply reaffirmed my hate of running.

What is your favorite part about training with SBR?

Convenience, cost and a great workout.

What are your training and/or racing goals this year?

I’m simply looking to swim more consistently, and stay/get in decent shape so I can keep up with my family.

What is something interesting about yourself that people might not know?

I served on the board of directors for USA Swimming for 8 years, including 2 as the Athlete’s Vice-President.  As an amateur sports governing body of 300,000+ members, I was the lead athlete voice at the Board level of the sport, pushing for athlete’s rights.