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Leila Vaziri PRONOUNCED: layla va-zeer-ee


  • Swimmer at Coral Springs Swim Club (CSSC-FL)
  • in 2008 = 23 DOB: Jun 6, 1985
  • Hometown = Coral Springs, Fla.
  • former resident of New York, N.Y.
  • Coach = Michael Lohberg

Career Highlights:[]

Set a world record in the 50m backstroke in semi-finals at the 2007 World Championships and tied the mark in the finals ... Won the 100m back at the 2006 Nationals, her first U.S. national title in her first final at Nationals ... the victory earned her a spot on the 2006 Pan Pacifics and 2007 World Champs teams

World Championships[]

2007: Gold, 50m BK(WR); Silver, 400m MR-R(pr); 10, 100m BK

NCAA NCAA logo Championships[]

2007(Sr): 3, 100y BK; 13, 400y MR-R; 16, 400y FR-R

2007 World Rankings:[]

2nd, 50m back; 8th, 100m back

2006 World Rankings:[]

18th, 100m back

2005 World Rankings:[]

119th, 100m back

United States (also known as USA) Flag of the United States Swim Titles[]

100m Back (1): '06 SUM


National Teams: 2006 National B Team Collegiate: 2005 Big Ten Champion in the 100y back ... 2004-06 NCAA finalist in the 100 back ... 15-time All-American ... 2007 Indiana University Athlete of the Year


High School: Coral Springs HS '03 College: Indiana '07 College Major: Communication and culture

Ambitions, Aspirations, Goals, Dreams[]

Public relations 

Family, Village, Community[]

Parents: Mansour and Lise Vaziri ... mother is a teacher ... Mansour played soccer at Florida International University Sibling(s): Ramin graduated from the University of Central Florida Started Swimming: At age 7 when family moved to Florida and was "surrounded by water everywhere." Nickname(s): Lei Hobbies Outside the Pool: Reading, napping, visiting pet stores Ultimate Way to Relax: Spending time with family and friends, going to the beach, being in the sun, playing outdoor sports Most Influential Person: Mom ... "She's always present in my life, always positive, always my motivation to achieve my dreams."

Training Notes[]


Swims 12-15,000 meters/yards per day, 5-6 hours a day, 6 days a week More: Considers herself a good mechanic; she excelled at shop class in high school...Is of Iranian descent (father). Favorites: U.S. city: South Florida, New York City, Chicago ... int'l destination: Caribbean Islands ... musicians: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Lauren Hill, Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley, Michael Jackson ... movie: Ace Ventura ... t.v. show: Seinfeld


  • Two World medals (1g, 1s)

International Medals[]

2007 World Championships 2007: Silver, 400m MED-R (pr); Gold, 50m BK 2007 Duel in The Pool 2007: Bronze, 100m BK

Top Times[]

Event Best Year 100m BK 1:00.79 Apr 07


SCY NATS - t3 Final, 100y BK; t5 Final, 200y BK; 18 Final, 100y FL; 7 Final, 400y MED-R SUM NATS - 2 Final, 100m BK; 19 Final, 200m BK MoO DiP - 3 Final, 100m BK WORLD - 1 Final, 50m BK; 10 Semi, 100m BK; 2 Final(pr), 400m MED-R


US OPEN - 12 Final, 100m FR; 2 Final, 100m BK; 21 Final, 200m BK PAN PAC - 9 Final, 100m BK SUM NATS - 1 Final, 100m BK; 17 Final, 200m BK NCAA - 10 Final, 100y BK 2005 WC TRIALS - 11 Final, 100m BK 2003 US OPEN - 15 Final, 200m FR; 11 Final, 100m BK 2002 US Open - 12 Final, 50m FR; t14 Final, 100m FR; 12 Final, 100m BK