(Video Interview) Michelle Konkoly is “Super Pumped” About World Record at Paralympic Trials

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Michelle Konkoly set the S9 50 freestyle world record on Friday night at the 2016 Paralympic Trials. In that swim she posted a 28.24 in finals, which was faster than the old mark set by Sarai Gascon of Spain.

Saturday night the 24 year old set the American and PanAmerican records in the S9 100 freestyle with a 1:01.25.

Konkoly has spent the past year training full time after deferring medical school. She spoke with Swimming World after the session about how she was overjoyed to have experienced her first time drops in over a year. In both prelims and finals of both swims this weekend she got faster. The Georgetown University alum shared how she has had to readjust her goals as the world records have been dropped by other swimmers.

While at the moment she was so pleased with the swims she could not think of obvious areas for improvement, Konkoly was confident she would be faster by Rio in September.

Watch the interview here:

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and the High School Content Manager at Swimming World. She was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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