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Growing up in rural Missouri, Michael spent his summers with his local swim team, with two main obsessions: perfecting his best stroke, the butterfly, and eating delicious chocolate Long John doughnuts from the local bakery! He noticed swimming’s positive effect on his teammates early on and knew it was the sport for him. In high school at St. Francis Borgia Regional, he led the formation of his school's varsity swim team, and guided the Knights to two successful seasons. Next, Michael attended Washington University in St. Louis and swam as a Varsity Bear for four years and graduated with a degree in Biology and a minor in Music. Outside of swimming, Michael plans to apply to medical school and record and perform more of his music by the end of 2020. He joined Imagine just six months after moving from St. Louis to Queens. As an instructor, he hopes to help his students explore their curiosities with the water in a safe, interactive, and—of course—fun way--