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Olympic Information

  • 2008 Beijing - 3rd (4x100m freestyle relay), 1st (4x200m freestyle relay)*heat swim

Recent Performances

  • 1st (100m freestyle) - 2012 National Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 3rd (200m freestyle) - 2012 National Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 12th (50m freestyle) - 2012 National Championships (Adelaide, Australia)
  • 12th (100m freestyle) - 2011 National Championships (Sydney, Australia)

Career Highlights

  • Winning a bronze medal for Australia in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games
  • Winning the gold against the odds in the 4 x 100 freestyle relay at the 2007 World Championships

Interesting Facts

  • Melanie Schlanger was the unheralded comeback success story of the 2012 Olympic Trials. Schlanger walked away from swimming in 2010 after a long bout of glandular fever and illness saw her unable to stay healthy enough to train with the intensity required to acheive competitive results. After 10 months out of the pool however, she got back into swimming for fitness and fell in love with the sport again.
  • At the 2012 National Championships, Schlanger showed herself and the nation that her efforts were worth it, winning the 100m freestyle in 53.85. Her third place in the 200m assured her of a spot in the 4 x 200 relay team which will be a force to be reckoned with in London.
  • At the 2008 Australian Championships, Schlanger qualified for her debut Olympics - the Beijing 2008 Games. She competed in the 4 x 100m freestyle relay winning bronze and was a heat swimmer in the 4 x 200m freestyle relay in which the final four won gold in world record time.
  • In her time out of the pool, Schlanger pursued her studies to be a doctor.
  • As a child, Schlanger had aspirations to be an Olympic high jumper. She started swimming for a couple of weeks when she was 13 but didn't like it so quit. She once even forged a note from her mum in grade 5 to get out of swimming lessons. By the time she was 15 however, she was back in the sport and training hard to win the school swimming carnivals.


Years on national team



Glenn Baker (2010 - current)
Chris Mooney (2004 - 2006)

Primary Training Base

Gold Coast, Australia


Southport Olympic Swim Club (QLD, Australia)


Queensland Academy of Sport, Brisbane



Immanuel Lutheran College (QLD, Australia)


Immanuel Lutheran College (QLD, Australia)


Bachelor of Biomedical Science - University of QLD

Swimming Team

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