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Dolfin is thrilled to announce the signing of world champion swimmer Michael Klueh to our Athlete’s Advisory Board. A world class athlete with many championships and records to his name, but also an extremely well educated and ambitious young man, Michael really is the total package. But sorry ladies, he’s taken! More on that later…
Michael was born in Evansville, IN, and started swimming at a very early age. He joined his first swim team at age 5, and by high school had become such an outstanding swimmer that he moved to Austin, TX to train under legendary coach Randy Reese (also a member of the Dolfin family!) at Longhorn Aquatic. It was extremely hard for Michael to leave his family behind in Indiana, but he was passionate about his sport and knew he had to sacrifice and work hard in order to be the best he could be. After setting the state record in the 500 free and becoming High School Swimmer of the Year in Texas, Michael went on to swim for the University of Texas in 2005.
Michael had an extremely successful collegiate career, becoming an 11-time Big 12 champion, 13-time All American, and held school and Big 12 Conference records in the 500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free, 400 IM, and the 800 free relay, which was also NCAA Champions and set the NCAA and American record in the US open. Michael was national champion in the 400 free in 2004, 500 free and 1650 free in the Short Course Nationals in 2010.
Michael competed in the World University Games in 2005, 2007 and 2011, winning a total of 8 medals. He also competed in the Pan-Pacific Games in 2006 and 2010, and was part of the Duel in the Pool team in 2009, 2011 and 2013, where he was 2 time champion in the 400 freestyle, and also placed in the 800 free. In 2012, Michael received a gold medal at the Short Course World Championships as part of the 4×200 free relay, and also came in 4th in the 400 free. At 2013 Worlds, Michael also received a gold medal for the 4×200 free relay.
Among the records Michael still holds today are Texas and Big 12 records in the 500 free and 800 free relay, American Record in the 800 free relay and US Open Record in the 400 free (short course). Now training in Michigan with Club Wolverine, Michael has his sights set on the 2016 Rio Olympics. We at Dolfin are proud to support him and help him to achieve his goals. Michael will also be aiding us in our efforts to continue to produce top quality swimwear for our valued athletes across the country.
Watch for Michael in this June’s Charlotte Grand Prix, Santa Clara Grand Prix, and Nationals in August, where he hopes to be selected for the Pan Pacific Games and next year’s World Championships.
Welcome to the Dolfin family, Michael!