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Freestyle - Matt Patton
Matt grew up in North Carolina, swimming for SwimMac. He started swimming competitively when he was ten, and he credits SwimMac for teaching him great technique and the fundamentals of hard work.
At eighteen Matt left North Carolina -- the place he still calls home -- to attend the University of Michigan to study Psychology and compete for the Michigan Men’s Swim and Dive Team. Matt has an identical twin brother, Sean, who swam and competed at the University of Texas.
At Michigan Matt competed to win Eight Big Ten Individual Championships and Eight NCAA All-American Swimming Time Standards, and he was a part of two Team Big Ten Championships. In 2009 Matt was one of three Captains to lead Michigan to a Big Ten Team Championship.
In 2007 Matt competed for the United States at the Pan American Games in Rio de Jinero, Brazil and won a Gold Medal in the 400 Freestyle. In 2008 at the Olympic Trials, Matt competed for a spot on the Olympic Team in two events, 200 Butterfly (fourth) and 400 Freestyle (seventh). In 2009 Matt competed for the United States at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia where he won a Silver Medal as a part of the 800 Freestyle Relay. Some of Matt's other accomplishments include two-time Short Course National Champion, and four-time member of the USA Swimming National Team (2007-2010).