April 1, 2014
WASHINGTON - A week after being named to the U.S. Paralympics National Swim Team, Georgetown senior Michelle Konkoly (Eagleville, Pa./Methacton) broke the American record in the 100 meter freestyle and the American and Pan-American record in the 50 meter freestyle at the CanAm Championships in Miami, Fla.
On the first day of her fourth Paralympic competition, Konkoly broke the 100 meter freestyle in a time of 1:03.94 in her S9 classification. Paralympic athletes are classified in categories from S1, being the most disabled, to S10, being the least disabled.
Konkoly continued an impressive CanAm Championships, breaking the American and Pan-American record in the 50 meter freestyle with a time of 30.06, a record that had been set in 2006.
"I was so excited to break these records, especially the 50 free which had been set so long ago," Konkoly said. "My goals for this meet were to go best times and make the Pan-Pac team, so the records were really icing on the cake! There was so much great competition at CanAms and I just wanted to get out there and race."
Konkoly, who competed for the Hoyas, scoring a point for the team during the 2013-14 season was also on the developmental team at BIG EAST Championships in February. She has continued training for Paralympics competition, earning a spot on the 2014 National B Team in the S9/SB8/SM9 classification.
For Konkoly, the next goal will be to make the Team USA roster for the Para Pan Pacific Championships in August.