Derek Toomey was born November 2, 1991 to parents Kathleen Horner and Thomas Toomey in Madison, Wisconsin. As a senior at Verona Area High school, Toomey was the state runner-up in both the 50 and 100 yard freestyles with times of 20.57 and 45.19, respectively, as well as anchoring Verona’s runner-up 200 yard freestyle relay.
He racked up athletic and academic accolades, earning honors as a (two-time) NISCA All-American as well as Academic All-American. Toomey was all-state and all-conference both junior and senior year, and he set three school records during his time at Verona. Toomey swam club with the Seminole Sharks and Badger Aquatics.
College Swimming:Toomey had an immediate impact on the University of Minnesota’s sprint group and its scoring potential at Big Ten Championships as well as NCAA Championships as a freshman. At the 2011 Big Ten Champs, he placed 9th in the 50 free (19.94) and 11th in the 100 free (43.99) as well as being a member of the runner-up 400 yard freestyle relay and anchoring the Gophers’ 200 free relay (1:16.78) which set a meet record. Toomey then anchored both of these freestyle relays at the 2011 NCAA Champs. The 200 free relay placed 7th