Raised as one of five siblings in what is still her hometown of Canton, Michigan, She went to Canton Charter Academy for elementary and middle school.
Schmitt's father is a financial analyst and her mother is a system project manager.
In total, Schmitt has won seventeen medals in major international competitions: eleven gold, five silver, and two bronze spanning the Summer Olympics, the FINA World Championships, the Pan Pacific Championships, and the Pan American Games.
She was a four-time National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) national champion in the 200- and 500-yard freestyle swimming events during college, and was a member of the Georgia Bulldogs team that won the NCAA Division I Women's team title in 2013.
They are like older brother and sister with a friendship going back to when they were training under Bowman at the University of Michigan before the 2008 Olympics.
Now, they are back on a college campus with 28 Olympic medals between them, hardware that doesn't begin to measure what they've shared and how they've grown with each other's support.
I never want to speak in front of people,” said Schmitt, the eight-time Olympic medalist. The year before the 2016 Rio Olympics, Schmitt opened up about her depression publicly during interviews with the Associated Press and the .