Betsy Mitchell

Meet Betsy Mitchell

Betsy Mitchell is an American competitive swimmer who is a world record-holder, world champion and Olympic gold and silver medalist.


At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, she won a silver medal for her second-place performance in the women’s 100-meter backstroke. She also earned a gold medal by swimming the backstroke leg for the winning U.S. team in the preliminary heats of the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay. She again competed at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, where received a silver medal for swimming the backstroke leg for the second-place U.S. team in the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay in the preliminary heats.


She has competed in and won many other competitions before, in between and after her Olympic triumphs.


Since that time, Betsy has been a passionate advocate for women in sports, women in leadership and in leading the conversation about the state of college sports in the United States, which, she advocates, is in desperate need of a rebranding and reframing of the role athletics play on college and university campuses.


Betsy is currently the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation – the first female to hold that position – at Caltech, in Pasadena, California.


2011-Present (Caltech)

Now in her eighth year as Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation, Betsy has led the dynamic growth of the Caltech athletic program.

2005-2011 (Allegheny College)

Director of Athletics and Recreation at Allegheny College, in Meadville, Pennsylvania.


N.C.A.A. Reorganizes Around New Constitution That Shifts Power to Universities

The organizing body in college sports also adopted new rules for transgender athletes to mirror other elite sports in the United States. INDIANAPOLIS — N.C.A.A. member schools and conferences voted Thursday to adopt a new, stripped-down... Read More

The Fight Over the Future of College Sports Is Here: ‘It Needs to Implode’

Division I, much like the NCAA as a whole, is utterly fractured. A drastic change to the system may be coming. If anyone knows the issues within the NCAA, it’s Betsy Mitchell. She was an athlete at one of college athletics’ richest... Read More

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