Michelle Kuyper
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    Michelle Kuyper

    Class:
    Graduated

    Hometown:
    Orland Park, IL

    High School:
    Sandburg

    Height:
    5-5

    Event:
    Free

    personal bests

    200 free - 1:55.08
    500 free - 5:05.98
    1000 free - 10:46.56
    1650 free - 17:44.95

    2012-13 (JUNIOR): Team Coaches Award winner...third on team in 1650 free (17:44.95) and fourth in 1000 free (11:17.56)...sixth on team in 500 free (5:14.72).

    2011-12 (SOPHOMORE): Swam career-bests in the 200 free and 1000 free...swam third-fastest 1000 free and fifth-fastest 500 free time on team...also swam sixth-fastest 100 free time.

    2010-11 (FRESHMAN): Ranked second on the team in the 1000 and 1650 free events...ranked third in the 500 free and seventh in the 200 free...earned freshman team inspirational award.

    HIGH SCHOOL (Sandburg): Lettered four years in swimming...All-American as a senior...team captain as senior...team MVP as a junior and senior...made it to junior nationals in 2009...National Honor Society member...graduated Mu Alpha Theta...high school swim coach was Jane Caliendo...also swam for Hickory Willow Swim Association, coached by Tom Rieman.

    PERSONAL: Member of cadet squadron 3...has a younger brother...major is meteorology...favorite food is Chicago-style pizza...favorite movie is Forrest Gump...favorite book is A Tale of Two Cities...credits her coaches and parents as having the biggest influence on her sports career...most noteworthy thing about her hometown (Chicago) is the pizza, Al Capone, Lake Shore Drive, Lake Michigan, the Chicago Bears and The Chicago Blackhawks...pre-race ritual is to get pumped!...enjoys listening to The Randy Rogers Band...spent part of her summer prior to senior year sailing in Croatia...favorite quote: "The Biggest risk you take is to step up on that block and dare someone to beat you.' -- Jane Caliendo, high school coach...daughter of Henry and Karen Kuyper.

    Inside Women's Swimming