Office of Institutional Advancement

Student Profile: Michelle Konkoly

Michelle Konkoly

Michelle Konkoly loves swimming, and she has a strong competitive streak— so much so that that even after an accident six years ago paralyzed her from the waist down, she never considered giving up the sport. A five-story fall from her dorm room window at Georgetown University left her with a shattered foot, damaged spinal cord, and broken ribs—and the will to overcome it all and get back in the water.

After major surgeries to stabilize her spine and months of rehab, she was walking again. She also rejoined the Georgetown swim team, but nerve damage in her left leg meant she would never be as fast as she was before her injuries. But then she discovered Para-Swimming, and she began winning races again. Michelle deferred medical school to train for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, where she won two gold medals and set a new world record in the 100-yard freestyle and Paralympic records in both the 50 and 100 free. Now she’s ready to pursue another dream and face new challenges and successes as one of the many talented, accomplished members of SKMC’s Class of 2021.