Michael grew up in upstate New York and took his first swim lessons when he was eight-years-old at the local YMCA. He was soon swimming competitively at the Y and also became a certified lifeguard -- the very pool he learned how to swim. Michael attended Berkshire High School in Canaan, NY where he focused on computer programming. One of his goals in life is to one day open a pool of his own, helping people of all ages learn the skills to be safe in the water. Michael also enjoys playing basketball, and spending time with his family!