Swimming World Presents “Up & Comers: Michael Petrides”

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Up & Comers: Michael Petrides

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There are many honors available to young swimmers in the sport of swimming, but one of the greatest for young swimmers on the rise is being invited to the USA Swimming National Select Camp. That honor was recently bestowed on 16-year-old Michael Petrides of the Kamehameha Swim Club in Hawaii.

Petrides, a native of Honolulu, was one of 48 male athletes, 14-16 years of age, invited to attend the camp held at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Says Coach Natalie Nation, “Petrides is a great competitor. He thrives when the level of competition is high and he is challenged.” Petrides’ accomplishments speak for himself. He won both the 200 and 500 yard freestyles at the 2017 Hawaii High School State Championships and took home the high-point award for his age group at the 2017 Santa Clara Futures Championships. He was also selected to represent Team Hawaii at the 2016 XVI Oceania Championships in Suva, Fiji.

Outside of the pool, Petrides loves to surf and is an All-American water polo player. He’s even a little accident-prone, having broken 14 bones in the last two years! But even through adversity, Petrides made the most of it: one of his old casts is signed by three-time Olympian, seven-time Olympic gold medalist ( five gold, two silver) and world record holder Aaron Peirsol.

To read more about Petrides and his accomplishments, check out the December 2017 issue of Swimming World Magazine, available now!

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Author: Taylor Brien

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Taylor Brien is the Circulation and Operations Manager at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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