Dillon Connolly

Long Beach, CA

University of Southern California

Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Fall 2022

Dillon exemplified the words student-athlete at USC where he was an All American swimmer team record holder and Olympic Trials qualifier in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and team captain, as he pursued a degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering, graduating in 2011. Post grad he continued to stay active and in shape while living in Newport Beach and working as a design engineer at an aerospace company in Irvine. One day, simply diving into a wave in Newport, Dillon hit a sand bar and broke his neck at the C4-C5 level. His friends and family were shocked that this could happen to this elite swimmer while in his element. As Dillon was in the hospital his friends and family surrounded him with love and support and Ron Orr let him know that the Swim With Mike Family was here for him when he was ready. Four years later Dillon was ready to pursue his Masters in Entrepreneurship (MSEI) and combine this with both his Industrial Engineering and product-design experience to start and run a company that makes products for the disabled community. 

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