Guest Speaker Michelle Konkoly

Michelle Konkoly

In just four short years, Michelle Konkoly has risen to the top of the international Paralympic swimming scene. After surviving a fall out of a five-story window in 2011, Michelle was left with a spinal cord injury and permanent weakness in her legs. At the time, she was a freshman on the Georgetown University swim team, and she refused to let this traumatic injury stand in the way of her dreams. She not only re-learned to walk and swim, but continued to compete for the Georgetown Hoyas, becoming team Captain and the first para-swimmer ever to compete at Big East Conference Championships.

When Michelle discovered Paralympic swimming in 2012, she quickly accelerated to the top of the world rankings. She holds two World Records and eight American records in S9 sprint freestyle events.

Her performance at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games was nothing short of spectacular. She won gold and broke the World Record in the 100m free, and won gold and broke the Paralympic Record in the 50m free. She also won silver and bronze medals as a member of relays.

Michelle graduated from Georgetown in December 2014 as a Biology major, and began medical school at Thomas Jefferson University in August 2017.