Olympic 100m butterfly champion Dana Vollmer is entered in a swim meet this week, which could mark her first competition since the 2013 World Championships and the March 6 birth of her son.
Vollmer’s name appears on the 100m butterfly entry list for the Los Angeles Invitational from Thursday through Sunday.
Vollmer, 27 and a four-time Olympic champion, said on June 20 that she hadn’t retired despite her lengthy competition absence and had been back in the water for one and a half months.
“I hated when I saw the rumors that I actually retired,” Vollmer said on Universal Sports at a Pro Swim Series meet in Santa Clara, Calif., on June 20. “I never did retire. I always wanted to leave it open for myself, and I want to get back into shape. Now it’s one of those things that if I get back in shape, maybe I’ll see what I can go in the pool, but lifestyle-wise, I want to be extremely active with my son and life in general.”
Vollmer won the 2012 Olympic 100m butterfly and three Olympic relay golds across two Games. In the 100m fly, Vollmer broke the world record in the 2012 Olympic final.
She last competed at the 2013 World Championships, taking bronze in the 100m fly and gold as part of the medley relay.
Vollmer first competed at the Olympics in 2004, when she was 16, and finished sixth in the 200m freestyle and won gold as part of the U.S. 4x200m free relay team. She failed to qualify for the 2008 Olympics.
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who formerly held the 100m fly world record, has been the world’s fastest woman in the event the last three years.
The top Americans in the 100m fly are Katie McLaughlin, Kendyl Stewart, Kelsi Worrell and Claire Donahue. The top two at the 2016 U.S. Olympic trials will earn berths for the Rio Olympics.