July 5, 2016
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Former Georgetown swimmer Michelle Konkoly set the tone for her 2016 U.S. Paralympic Trial performance during her first swim at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in Charlotte, N.C. During the morning preliminary round, Konkoly broke the S9 world record in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 28.37. It would be the first of her record-breaking performances.
Konkoly, who held the American record, broke Ellie Cole's (Australia) previous world record of 28.75, with her first swim. She came back for the evening finals session and broke her own record, finishing with a time of 28.24, helping seal her spot on the U.S. Paralympic Team that will head to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in September.
"This is my first world record Ã¢â'¬" I don't think I stopped smiling all morning," Konkoly exclaimed. "Having a number one world ranking will definitely earn me a spot on the Rio team, so it was great to be able to check that off after my first swim of the meet."
Konkoly was not done, coming back Saturday and breaking her own U.S. and Pan American record in the 100-meter freestyle, first with a time of 1:02.00 during the preliminary round. Konkoly once again improved on her time in the finals, finishing in 1:01.25.
"I have been working so hard over the past year and a half in preparation for the Games so to finally see my hard work pay off is an incredibly rewarding feeling," Konkoly said. "My previous best time (in the 50-meter freestyle) was 29.14, so this was a huge personal best for me. It was actually faster than I ever went before my injury, which is icing on the cake."
The 2016 Summer Paralympic Games will begin on September 7, with closing ceremonies taking place on September 18 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.