Getting to know Leah Martindale Stancil
In the heat of the swimming season, it can be tough to keep life in perspective. Then sometimes life reminds you that there are much bigger things than the pool. Just ask Leah.
About Leah Martindale Stancil.
Leah Martindale Stancil joined the Gamecock staff in July 2006. Stancil is a twelve time NCAA All-American, a two-time Olympian and a three-time national record holder for her native country, Barbados. After a four-year collegiate career at the University of Florida, Martindale continues to be actively involved with the sport.
In Barbados, she attended The St.Michael School .The native served one year as an assistant coach at Savannah College of Art and Design. Prior to S.C.A.D, she was a graduate assistant at Florida for two years and was a swim instructor at Swim America in Gainesville, Fla. At this college, Stancil aided the women's team to a second-place finish and the men's team to a third-place finish in the NAIA National Championships.
A member of the 2002 Florida Gators SEC Championship team, Martindale is the Barbados national record holder in the 50-free, 100-free and 100 butterfly events. She set her records for the 50-free and 100-free at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. She was also named the Barbados Female Sports person of the Year from 1995-97.
Stancil graduated from UF in 2002 with a B.S. in Psychology. In August 2006, she completed her Masters of Science from UF. The former Leah Martindale married Michael Stancil in August 2006.