Mercedes Traba - Women's Swimming - Vanderbilt University Athletics

Mercedes Traba Season 2021-22

Class Freshman
Hometown Sarasota, Fla.
High School Sarasota
Major Undeclared
Bio

Career-Best Times
200 Free: 1:55.36 vs. Tulane, 11.6.21
500 Free: 4:56.81 at Miami Invitational, 11.18.21
1,000 Free: 10:31.68 at Florida Gulf Coast, 10.16.21
1,650 Free: 17:16.17 at Miami Invitational, 11.20.21
200 Fly: 2:01.90 at SEC Championships, 2.18.22
400 IM: 4:19.81 at SEC Championships, 2.17.22

Commodore Record Watch
• Ranks second on the Commodores’ all-time performance list — and is the freshman record holder — in the 400 IM
• Is ranked eighth in Vandy history in the 500 free and the 200 fly
• Stands ninth in the 1,650 free on the school’s all-time performance list
• Ranks 10th in the 1,000 free as well

As a Freshman (2021-22)
• Met the NIC B Standard in the 500 and 1,650 free, 200 fly and 400 IM her first season at the collegiate level
• Had the team’s best time in three events — 500 and 1,000 free and 400 IM — while ranking second on the squad in the 1,650 free and 200 fly as well
• Set a school freshman record in the 400 IM at the SEC Championships (Feb. 15-19), also recording a personal best in the 200 fly at the meet
• Part of team that posted Vandy’s fastest mark in the 800 free relay at the SEC Championships as well
• Finished third in the A Final with career-best marks in the 500 and 1,650 free at the Miami Invitational (Nov. 18-20), adding a third-place finish in the A Final in the 400 IM while coming in fourth in the 200 fly
• Won 500 (5:05.93) and 1,000 free in victory at Florida Gulf Coast (Oct. 16), adding a top-five result in the 400 IM (4:38.08) as well
• Also claimed 500 free (5:04.61) vs. Arkansas and Drury (Oct. 9) and 1,000 free (10:20.19) vs. Illinois (Oct. 30)
• Added a second-place result in the 500 free (5:03.62) in the Dores’ victory over the Illini
• Recorded best 200 free time of the season in win over Tulane (Nov. 6), adding a third-place finish in the 500 free (5:00.80)
• Was third in the 1,000 and fourth in the 500 (5:05.40) free against Tennessee (Jan. 20)

The Traba File
• Major is undeclared
• Prepped at Sarasota High under head coach Andrew Eckhart
• Two-time Junior National qualifier and finalist
• Four-time state finalist
• Two-time Sarasota High swim team MVP
• 2018 and 2021 High Point Award winner
• Letterwinner in swimming
• Scholastic All-American
• Daughter of Betsy and Fernando Traba
• Has an older sister, Isabel
• Born in Sarasota, Fla.
• Instagram: @mercedes_traba
• Twitter: @MercedesTraba
• Favorite animal is an elephant
• Cannot sleep without socks on
• Has seen all of the Marvel movies at least three times

Why Vanderbilt: “I chose Vanderbilt because I know getting a degree from a world-class university will open doors for me, and my future, that wouldn’t have been open otherwise. The coaches and teammates create such a welcoming environment and I simply couldn’t turn down this incredible opportunity.”