Konkoly’s mirac­u­lously back in pool

Souderton Independent - - OPINION -

Al­ways an in­tense com­peti­tor, Konkoly came very close to earn­ing a spot on the Team rSA squad that headed to Lon­don ear­lier this month for the Par­a­lympics.

“Af­ter I got hurt, I thought about the Par­a­lympics,” said Konkoly, who was one of the top aca­demic students in her class at Methac­ton. “I wDnWeG Wo finG soPeWKLng Ln which I could be com­pet­i­tive and try to win.

“When I came back for spring break this year, my mom had talked to some Par­a­lympics coaches. So, I went down to Bal­ti­more and swam for them. They gave me some help­ful things to work on. For ex­am­ple, they told me to use my legs less.”

Af­ter that, Konkoly de­cided to pur­sue the sport com­pet­i­tively again. She com­peted in the GTAC Dis­abil­ity Open in Cincin­nati DnG TuDOL­fieG IoU WKe 2012 rSA Par­a­lympics Tri­als. With the Par­a­lympics, swim­ming is di­vided into LPSDLUPenW gUouSs — S1113 IoU DWKOeWes wLWK vL­suDO LPSDLUPenWs, S1-10 IoU DOO other phys­i­cal im­pair­ments (lower num­ber rep­re­sents PosW seveUe) DnG S14 Ls for ath­letes with a learn­ing dis­abil­ity.

“I com­pete in the S9 cat­e­gory for freestyle events, my spe­cialty,” said KonkoOy. “, wDs FODssL­fieG Ds WKLs level due to weak­ness in my left leg from my spinal cord in­jury. Some other swimmers in this class have one leg am­pu­tated above the knee or one arm am­pu­tated be­low the el­bow.”

At the rSA Par­a­lympics Tri­als at Bis­marck State Col­lege in North Dakota, .onNoOy finLsKeG Ds sLOveU medal­ist in three S9 events. ,n WKe 400-PeWeU IUeesWyOe, sKe DUULveG wLWK D 5:22.96 seed time and swam a 5:08.53 Ln WKe SUeOLPLnDULes. SKe WooN seFonG Ln WKe finDOs DW 5:05.59 Wo UDnN seFonG Ln WKe U.S. DnG 14WK Ln WKe world.

Konkoly’s seed time in WKe 50 IUee wDs 32.30 DnG sKe FOoFNeG D 31.10 Ln boWK WKe SUeOLPs DnG WKe finDOs to rank sec­ond in the r.S. DnG 15WK Ln WKe woUOG. HeU besW GUoS FDPe Ln WKe 100 IUee — 1:08.86 Ds seeG WLPe, 1:07.84 Ln WKe SUeOLPs DnG 1:06.14 Ln WKe finDOs (UDnNeG seFonG Ln WKe US DnG 11WK in the worldF.

Konkoly’s body may have changed but her in­de­fati­ga­ble spirit has re­mained the sDPe. SKe’s D figKWeU DnG D sur­vivor. And, as al­ways, she is a win­ner — a ded­i­cated ath­lete who re­fuses to give up.

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CHAMPS... The Methac­ton Magic 24U soft­ball team re­cently won the RASA cham­pi­onship. The Magic, coached by Mark DeCinque, beat the Har­leysville Thun­der­birds, Can­non­ners and North Penn Eclipse on its way to the cham­pi­onship. The team in­cludes Caro­line Miller (Bran­deis), Sara McGowen (Prince­ton), Dana DeCinque (Penn), Becky Cran­dall (Al­bright), Becky El­lis (Delaware), Kris­tine El­lis (Pitt), Aerin Wal­ton (MCCC), Chelsea Tracey (Ho­bart), Briana Gui­dos (Drexel), Erin But­ler (St. Joseph’s), Krista Scherer (Swarth­more), Erica Miller and Tara Miller.

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