Dr. Abby Johnston McGrath

Olympic Diver

Abby Johnston McGrath grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where she began her athletic career as a young gymnast. She trained and competed for nine years before a back injury put an end to her gymnastics career. Shortly after, in 2002, Abby began diving and was quickly able to advance in the sport thanks to her natural talent. While in high school at Upper Arlington High School, Abby was a three-year varsity letter winner and two-time Ohio State Champion. Abby also became a USA Diving Junior National Champion on 3-meter springboard, a silver and bronze medalist at the Junior Pan Am Games, and a member of the USA Diving Olympic Medal Program (OMP). Abby went on to win the USA Diving national championship in 3-meter synchronized diving in 2005, 2006, and 2008. She subsequently enrolled at Duke and graduated with a psychology degree in 2013. While at Duke, in 2009, she became the first Duke diver in history to qualify for the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships. In 2011 she became an NCAA Champion by winning the 3-meter diving competition, also making her Duke University’s first-ever NCAA Diving Champion. Beginning while she was at Duke, Abby was a four-time member of the USA Diving World Cup Team (2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016) and a finalist at the 2010 Diving World Cup. Her Junior year at Duke she made the U.S. Olympic Team and captured the silver medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games in 3-meter synchronized diving. Though she entered Duke Medical School in 2014, Abby continued to compete in diving at an Olympic level, and she closed out her Olympic career with a 12th place finish in individual 3-meter diving at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

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