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 Michael Cohn

MEDIA
San Diego Union-Tribune Feature (3/3/17)
Triton Q&A (2/22/17)
Mighty 1090 Interview (3/15/16)

TRITON NOTES
Three-time NCAA Championships qualifier (2015-16-17) ... Four-time All-American (all individual) ... Five All-America honorable mentions (200 free and four relays) ... School record-holder in 200 free, 100 back, 200 back and 800 free relay ... Eight-time PCSC champion (five individual, three relay).

AS A SENIOR IN 2016-17
All-American (200 back) ... All-America honorable mention (200 medley relay) ... CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large First Team ... Honored with the Elite 90 award for NCAA Division II men's swimming and diving for second straight year, for being the participating student-athlete with the highest grade-point average (3.971) at the finals site ... CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team ... CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 At-Large First Team ... NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient ... PCSC All-Academic First Team ... CollegeSwimming.com PCSC Swimmer of the Week (11/1) ... PCSC Athlete of the Week (11/1) ... One of six recipients of the Chancellor's Scholar-Athlete Award for having the highest grade-point averages among graduating seniors ... CollegeSwimming.com Division II Preseason All-American (100 back, 200 back) ... CollegeSwimming.com Preseason All-PCSC (200 free, 500 free, 200 back) ... Fifth-place (1:45.90) All-America finish in 200 back at NCAA Championships (3/11) ... Led off 16th-place (1:29.93) 200 medley relay on first night of NCAA Championships (3/8) for All-America honorable mention ... Competed in all seven meets, including third PCSC Championships ... Third in 200 free (1:38.15) at A3 Performance Invitational (11/18) ... Won consolation final for ninth overall in 500 free (4:29.21) on first night of A3 (11/17) ... Placed 20th (1:38.86) in 200 free at NCAA Championships (3/9).

U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM TRIALS
Qualified for 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in 100 back at Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine (5/29), with time of 57.17 just getting under standard of 57.19 ... Placed in three-way tie for 131st (57.49) in Omaha, Neb. (6/27), improving on seed position of 187.

AS A JUNIOR IN 2015-16
Two-time All-American (100 back, 200 back) ... CSCAA All-America honorable mention (200 free) ... CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large First Team ... PCSC Male Swimmer of the Year ... PCSC Championships Swimmer of the Meet (top point-getter with maximum 96 from three individual wins) ... Honored with the Elite 90 award for NCAA Division II men's swimming and diving for being the participating student-athlete with the highest grade-point average (3.972) at the finals site ... CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team ... CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 At-Large First Team ... PCSC All-Academic First Team ... One of 16 UCSD Athletes of the Year ... TeamUnify/CollegeSwimming.com National Swimmer of the Week (1/12) ... San Diego Hall of Champions Star of the Month for February ... TeamUnify/CollegeSwimming.com PCSC Swimmer of the Week (2/23) ... Three-time PCSC Athlete of the Week (11/24, 1/13 and 1/20) ... Team's Most Valuable Swimmer ... Two-time UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (2/16 and 3/15) ... National STUDENT-Athlete Day honoree ... National runner-up in 200 back on final night of second NCAA Championships (3/12), shattering own school record from 1:44.92 down to 1:44.28 in rallying from being fourth after 50 yards and third after 100 (1:45.40 in prelims) ... Won 500 free, 200 free and 200 back (1:44.92) at PCSC Championships, breaking own school record in the latter on final night with automatic NCAA qualifier ... Also broke program mark in 200 free (1:37.39) while leading off first-place, school-record 800 free relay on first night ... Led off school-record, third-place 800 free relay (6:36.37) at A3 Performance Invitational (11/20), with personal-record 200 free of 1:38.50.

AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2014-15
All-American (200 back) ... CSCAA All-America honorable mention (200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 800 free relay) ... PCSC Male Swimmer of the Year ... CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team ... One of 10 UCSD Athletes of the Year ... Team's Rookie of the Year ... UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week (3/16) ... All-American with fourth-place finish (1:45.91) in 200 back at first NCAA Championships, having broken own school record in morning prelims (1:45.85) ... Swam second leg of first-place 800 free relay at PCSC Championships (2/18) ... Twice broke school record in 200 back, in both prelims and finals in winning event at the A3 Performance Invitational (11/22), ultimately lowering standard down to 1:46.04 ... Led off (23.68) 16th-place 200 medley relay (1:33.01) at NCAA Championships (3/11) for All-America honorable mention ... Marked official UCSD debut in season opener vs. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (10/25) by winning 200 back in then-Canyonview-record time of 1:52.01.

AT GROSSMONT COLLEGE
Swam at Grossmont College in El Cajon as a freshman in the spring of 2012 ... Named Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) Swimmer of the Year ... PCAC champion in the 200 free, 500 free and 200 backstroke ... Placed second in the 200 free and 500 free at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) State Championships ... Seven-time junior college All-American in the 200 free, 500 free, 200 back, 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay, 400 free relay and 800 free relay ... Broke Grossmont school records in the 200 free, 200 back, 800 free relay, 400 medley relay and 200 medley relay ... Helped guide Grossmont to runner-up showing at PCAC Championships, and fifth place at the CCCAA state meet ... Grossmont College Freshman of the Year and one-time PCAC Athlete of the Week.

CLUB
Competed for Wind N Sea Swim Team (WSST) based in La Jolla from 2004-13, and then joined Rancho San Dieguito (RSD) Swimming.

PERSONAL
Born April 5 in San Diego ... Parents are Bill and Kay Cohn ... Father played water polo and basketball at UCLA, and is the public address announcer for the UCSD swimming and men's water polo programs (formerly women's volleyball, basketball and women's water polo as well) ... Father is also women's water polo assistant coach at San Diego State ... Mother swam and played water polo at UC Santa Barbara, and is a swim coach ... Music major with an emphasis in piano performance at Muir College ... Accepted into Honors in Music program for piano performance through audition during 2016 spring quarter ... Would like to go on to graduate school and complete either a Ph.D. in music or D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) after graduating from UC San Diego, and become a professor of music at a university ... Has an ultimate aspiration of one day being the head of a college music department, and also a performing concert pianist ... Most memorable moment in swimming is competing at 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb. ... Favorite UCSD moment is placing second in 200 back at 2016 NCAA meet ... Has listed jazz, cars and cycling among hobbies ... Roots for the Los Angeles Kings and fan of Formula 1 racing circuit ... Favorite athlete is U.S. Olympic gold-medalist swimmer Jason Lezak ... Top movie is Star Wars ... Listens to Beethoven, Chopin and Johannes Brahms ... Loves rice ... Lists his swim coaches Paton McClung, Brian Harvey and Joe Benjamin, his music teachers and his parents as his greatest influences.

Position: Freestyle/Backstroke
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 190
Year: Senior
City/State: Solana Beach, CA
Other College: Grossmont College
College: Muir
Major: Music
Experience: 2 Letters
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