On December 29, 2012 the Maine South Hawks Swimming Parents Association brought in Olympic Gold winner Tyler McGill to speak to their young swimmers. Tyler spent the day with the group sharing his inspirational story, life lessons, and training techniques.
Tyler McGill attended Auburn University, and competed for the Auburn Tigers swimming and diving team under head coach Brett Hawke from 2007 to 2010. During his four years of college swimming, he won NCAA championships in the 400-yard freestyle and the 4x100-yard medley relay, and an SEC championship in the 800-yard freestyle.
At the 2009 USA Nationals and World Championship Trials, McGill placed second to Michael Phelps in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 51.06, earning a place to compete at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome. At the World Championships, McGill placed seventh in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 51.42. He also competed in the 50-meter butterfly and placed 35th in 23.93. McGill swam in the preliminaries of the 4x100-meter medley relay for the U.S. team, which advanced to the final and won the gold medal.
At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, McGill won a bronze medal in the 100-meter butterfly, finishing behind Michael Phelps and Konrad Czerniak. On the last day of competition, McGill won a gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay for his contributions in the heats.
At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska, the qualifying meet for the U.S. Olympic team, McGill placed second in the 100-meter butterfly event with a time of 51.32 seconds, just behind Michael Phelps and just ahead of Ryan Lochte. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, McGill placed sixth the 100-meter butterfly, and earned a gold medal by swimming in the preliminaries for the winning U.S. team in the 4x100-meter medley relay.