Talk about believing in a way back! In 2011, Georgetown student and student athlete Michelle Konkoly was an inpatient at Magee, receiving rehabilitation for a spinal cord injury she sustained in a five-story fall. Just eight months later, she was back in the pool training. And now, three years later, she is a Paralympic record holder.
Michelle, who is in the S9 class (learn more about Paralympic classifications), took everyone by surprise at the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Swimming Spring National Championships when she broke not one, but TWO Paralympic swim records! First, she broke the 100m Freestyle American record with a time of 1:03.94 — that also ranks her number one in the world this year. But she wasn’t done there! The next day, she broke the American and Pan-American record in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 30.06 — a record that had not been broke since 2006!
Check out this video interview with Michelle right after her record-breaking swim.
Congratulations, Michelle! We are all so proud — keep believing in a way back!