Education: BA in Human Development and Family Science with a specialization in Early Childhood Development
What is she doing now? She can now be found performing at the Bellagio Hotel in “O” by Cirque du Soleil. Michelle still loves working with children and uses her undergraduate degree when she gives swim lessons to youth with special needs.
Accolades: three time US Collegiate National Champion and a four time All-American, won the trio event in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Made history when tying for first place with the other Ohio State trio in 2010. Named to the 2012 US Olympic Squad. Competed on numerous US National Teams, was coached by Jenny Ekhilevsky alongside duet partner, Olivia Morgan.
Advice to Buckeyes: “Every now and then, take the time to step back and appreciate and embrace the friendships, the memories, the hard work, and the opportunities that being an Ohio State student-athlete provide you. Really soak in every moment because it goes by way too fast. Utilize all the incredible resources granted to you as a student-athlete. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice from your peers, coaches, and teammates. Push yourself. Explore the city- Columbus is an amazing city! Make sure to keep in touch with your coaches and teammates post graduation.”
Favorite OSU memory: “There are too many to choose from! I’d have to say that it’s not one single moment but my absolute favorite OSU memory is coming together in our circle before each competition. It’s such a beautiful blessing to have this moment of love, friendship, and family. May the long time such one upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you, guide your way on.”
Favorite spot on campus: “I have to say it’s the pool. Every time I come back to visit it gives me a warm fuzzy feeling inside. Now if I had to jump in the “cold” pool….I would probably have to change that answer!”