Marilee Kiernan
Marilee Kiernan
Year: Senior
Hometown: Bronxville, N.Y.
High School: Bronxville
Position: Breaststroke

Marilee is a three-time high school All American and a New York State Champion in the breaststroke. She also was named an Academic All American by NISCA, twice-named a Scholastic All American by USA Swimming, and recognized as an AP Scholar with Honors. Marilee started swimming competitively at the age of five with the Badger Swim Club led by John Collins. She competed on the Bronxville High School varsity team since the seventh grade, lettering six times, winning three New York State Section One Championships in the breaststroke, and becoming captain her senior year. Her proudest accomplishment, other than becoming a Yale Bulldog swimmer, was winning the New York State High School Championship as a sophomore. Her most exciting moment in the pool was swimming the breaststroke leg of the Badger medley relay anchored by fellow Badger swimmer and twelve-time Olympic medalist Jenny Thompson. Marilee's younger sister and fellow Badger teammate, Erin McGowan Kiernan, is a freshman at Princeton where she swims butterfly and IM on the Women's Varsity Swim Team. Her grandmother and namesake, Marilee Stepan Wehman, medaled in the 1952 Helsinki Olympic Games, and her great grandmother, Mary Louise Therese Quinn Stepan, was a US National Champion in 1929. A Philosophy major, premed student, and member of Branford College, Marilee has consistently scored points for Yale in the first three years of her college career capturing a top three finish in every dual meet, and a top six place in each of the three HYP meets and two of the three Ivy Championships. She is most proud of being a member of the medley relay team that broke the Yale record and finished third at the Ivy Championships in her freshman year. Marilee chose to come to Yale for the unrivaled quality of its undergraduate education, the overwhelming sense of community within the residential colleges, and the daunting challenge to make a contribution to the record of 35 undefeated seasons, ten Ivy championships, four national championships, and 27 Olympic medals that constitutes the tradition of Yale Swimming.