Tyler Tennant McGill, the second child of four (brothers- Elliott and Colin, sister – Sarah) born to parents Jeff and Susan McGill, was born in Champaign, Ill. on Aug. 18, 1987. McGill grew up swimming for Storm Aquatics under Head Coach Will Barker, and attended Champaign Central High School. Tyler attended Auburn University (2006-2011) with a focus in economics and minor in Sport Coaching.
Tyler married in November 2011 to Julianne McLane. They have two children Amelia (5) and Tennant Lane (1)
Tyler attended Auburn University and competed for the Tigers under head coaches David Marsh, Richard Quick, and Brett Hawke from 2007 to 2010. During his four years of collegiate swimming, he won NCAA championships in the 400-yard freestyle and the 4×100-yard medley relay, and an SEC championship in the 800-yard freestyle. He was also a member of two NCAA Championship teams (2007 and 2009) and set the American Record in the 100 Butterfly (Current Auburn School Record).
National and International Swimming
During the summer of 2007, after his freshman year as an Auburn Tiger, Tyler earned a spot on the U.S. National Team for the Japan International Grand Prix, where he placed third in the Consolation Final of the 200-meter butterfly.
In the summer of 2008 he competed in the 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly and 100-meter butterfly at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Trials. At the trials, McGill qualified for the finals of the 100-meter butterfly and earned a fourth-place finish with a time of 52.31 seconds. He also swam in the semifinals in the 200-meter butterfly, where he finished 10th overall (1:59.31), as well as finishing 40th in the 100-meter freestyle (50.34).
Tyler competed for the United States at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships as well as the 2010 Pan Pacific Games. Earning medals at all 3 competitions in the lead up to the 2012 Olympic Games.
At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, the qualifying meet for the U.S. Olympic team, Tyler placed second in the 100-meter butterfly event with a time of 51.32 seconds, just behind Michael Phelps (51.14) and just ahead of Ryan Lochte (51.65) earning a spot on the 2012 Olympic Team. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in in London, McGill placed sixth the 100-meter butterfly with a time of (51.88), and earned a gold medal by swimming the butterfly leg (51.53) in the preliminaries for the winning U.S. team in the 4×100-meter medley relay.
Coaching and Career
In 2013 Tyler was hired as an assistant coach at Auburn University and remained a coach at Auburn until 2018 when he was hired with Opelika. Along with coaching, Tyler has been very involved withe the Fitter and Faster Swim Tour since 2010.