Sport: Women's Swimming (Butterfly)
Birthday: February 4th, 1996 (age 20)
Hometown: Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
Cal affiliation: current California Golden Bear
Years at Cal: 2015-current
Olympic appearances: 2016 is Noemie's 1st Olympic appearance (100 Fly and probably 400 medley relay)
Member of the NCAA winning 2015 Cal Women's Swimming and Diving championship team, Noemie Thomas has already established herself as an important member of the Cal team in her two years in Berkeley. She swam the butterfly leg of the 2015 NCAA winning 200 medley relay along with former US Calympian Rachel Bootsma, former Spanish Calympian Marina Garcia, and former and current Egyptian Calympian in Farida Osman. Noemie spoke to the press (I was one of the many folks opposite her then) about that win in the video below.
Noemie also finished 7th in the 2015 NCAA championships in the 200 Fly.
In 2016, Noemie Thomas swam the butterfly legs in the Bears' 10th place 400 medley relay and the 2nd place 200 medley relay. She also finished 6th in the 100 Fly and 8th in the 200 Fly.
A member of the Canadian national team since 2012, Noemie owns the Canadian national record in the 50 meter short course butterfly when she placed 4th in the world at the 2012 Short Course World Championships. She also earned 7th place in the world in 100 Fly at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona.
She missed international competition in 2014 due to an ankle injury in training, but bounced back to win a pair of silvers at the 2015 Pan Am games in 100 Fly and 4x100 medley relay.
More on Noemie and her Rio outlook:
Cal rising junior Noemie Thomas will represent Canada in the 100 Fly in Rio (against Calympian, CGB Hall of Famer, and her Cal training partner Dana Vollmer amongst others). Given her past performance on the international stage, Noemie Thomas is probably a good borderline bet to make the final 8 in this event.
The first time Calympian will need to drop some time to finish in the top 3 and medal. Should she continue to develop, we will likely see Noemie Thomas earn an Olympic medal in a future Olympics.
Based on her CalBears.com bio, Noemie is still undeclared. Growing up, she has also apparently participated as a competitive ballerina (I am not sure what kind of competitions these are) for 10 years. She has credited her ballet training in her development as an elite athlete. From her Canadian national team page, she "always drinks coffee and eats oatmeal with brown sugar and peanut butter on race day."
Good luck to Noemie in Rio and GO BEARS!