As Arden Pitman Meek ’11 joins the Baylor Sports Hall of Fame, she also joins the “best female swimmer in Baylor history” conversation. Her case is easy to argue with Meek being named All-American 21 times, an amazing achievement that, in 2023, ties her for the most individual All-American honors for a female in the school’s long and distinguished swimming history.
Adding to her resumé, she is a 12-time state champion in individual events and relays, an Eastern Scholastic champion in 2009, USA Jr. National champion in 2008, and numerous Southeastern championships in both short and long course competitions. She swam on four state champion teams and one Eastern Scholastic champion team in her years at Baylor. In 2011, she was the winner of the Baylor team’s Coach’s Award, the Senior Female Athlete of the Year, and the Swimmer of the Year. At the time of her Hall of Fame induction, Meek holds seven school records, five state records in relays, and six national relay records. She set three individual national short course records and holds the 200 backstroke record in the 15-16 year-old girls division.
Chosen as a member of the USA Swimming Jr. National team, Meek was a two-time Olympic Trial qualifier, a USA Swimming National qualifier, a multi-time Jr. National finalist, and was ranked second nationally in the 200 backstroke and 10th in the 100 backstroke.
Away from the pool, Meek was a member of Red Circle and the Student Advisory Committee and was a Writing Center tutor.
Although Meek had an injury-shortened college career, she lettered two years at the University of Tennessee, helping the Vols win SEC championships both years. Her studies led to her work as a pediatric nurse at Children’s Hospital at Erlanger where she received the Erlanger Spotlight Award.