In early 2017, CW Therapy announced our first professional athlete sponsorship. We are proud to support Ali DeLoof, professional swimmer and two-time USA Swimming National Team member. She earned two degrees from the University of Michigan, a bachelor's degree in psychology in 2016, and a master's degree in elementary education in the summer of 2018.
Ali concluded her stellar collegiate career at the 2016 US Olympic Trials with a 4th place finish in the 100-meter backstroke. As a rookie in the professional ranks, Ali made some pretty big waves in December at the 2016 Short Course World Championships. She took home 5 medals, including a Gold Medal for her part in the World Record breaking 200-meter Medley Relay team, where she swam the fastest 50-meter backstroke leg in American history.
In three appearances on the 2017 Arena Pro Swim Series circuit, she collected three wins in her signature 100-meter backstroke event. At the US National Championships, she finished 4th in the 100-meter backstroke to earn her second consecutive spot on the USA Swimming National Team. She finished her first professional season in style, representing Team USA at the World University Games, held in Taipei, Taiwan. There, she took home the Gold Medal in the 50-meter backstroke.
While student teaching as a part of her master's degree program, Ali found a way to keep training at a high level so that she could compete in several of the 2018 TYR Pro Swim Series events. She continued to show that she's one of the fastest 100-meter backstroke swimmers in the country. Ali also placed second in two renditions of the TYR Swim Series knockout 50-meter backstroke competitions. Her 2018 season culminated at US National Championships, where she made the finals of the women’s 100-meter backstroke for the fifth year in a row.
Having finally completed graduate school, Ali has now turned her focus back onto professional swimming full time. In September of 2018, she was signed by Fike Swim Products to their team of ambassadors (https://fikeswim.com/pages/ali-deloof). Shortly thereafter, Ali made the decision to join the Team Elite Swim Club of Santa Clara, CA. There, she joined a team of fellow World and American Record holders in their quest to compete for spots on Team USA’s 2020 Olympic team (https://swimswam.com/team-elite-adds-another-star-ali-deloof/).
Ali’s 2019 has been highlighted by continued success at TYR Pro Swim Series events, with high finishes in backstroke competitions at meets in Knoxville, Tennessee in January, and in Clovis, California in June. In July, she will once again be representing Team USA, this time at the 2019 Pan-Am Games, held in Lima, Peru. And as if that wasn’t enough DeLoof for you, Ali will be joining her younger sisters Gabby and Catie, as teammates drafted by the New York Breakers. The Breakers are one of four professional swim teams that comprise the newly formed International Swimming League (ISL), with inaugural competition set to begin in the fall. CW Therapy wishes Ali and her sisters the best of luck as charter members of the ISL!
Ali DeLoof, we are so proud to have you represent CW Therapy!