Michelle Sandelin joins the Florida Atlantic University swimming and diving staff after a distinguished career. Sandelin instructs the 1-meter and 3-meter dive specialist.
Formerly known as Michelle Davison, Sandelin brings 20 years of experience at the junior nationals, high school, collegiate, and international levels. A competitive diver since the age of 6, Sandelin won the 1-meter and 3-meter United States Junior Nationals nine times. Sandelin also is a seven-time U.S. national team member.
While attending the University of South Carolina from 1998 to 2000, Sandelin was recognized as the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Diver of the Year (1999), won the SEC Athletic Award (1999) and is a SEC record holder. Continuing her education and collegiate career at the University of Miami from 2001-02, Sandelin was recognized as the "NCAA Woman of the Year" for the state of Florida, a member of UM's Iron Arrow, and a Big East Conference champion.
In four years of collegiate competition, Sandelin was a four-year NCAA All-American, NCAA Academic All-American and Dean's list honoree. Sandelin earned her degree in Business Management and Organization in 2002 from UM.
Through her career, Sandelin has qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials three times. Sandelin finished fifth in the 3-meter event in 1996 at the age of 16, second in 2000 and third in 2004. Her second-place finish in 2000 earned her a spot on the U.S. Olympic team bound for Sydney, Australia. At the 2000 Olympic Games, Sandelin qualified for the final round and finished 12th overall. Sandelin is the second Olympian to join the FAU swim and dive coaching staff.
Away from the pool, Sandelin has been an athlete representative for the United States Diving Association, a motivational speaker, and most recently worked for Competitor Southeast Magazine as a regional account manager.
Sandelin was born in Boca Raton, but grew up in Columbia, South Carolina before returning to South Florida as a competitive diver. She is married to Kevin Sandelin and they reside in Boca Raton.
Finalist at XXVII Summer Olympics (Sydney, 2000); 12th place in 3-meter springboard
3-time United States Swimming and Diving Olympic Trials Participant in 3-meter springboard: 1996 (5th), 2000 (2nd), 2004 (3rd)
Four-time NCAA All-American (competed at the University of South Carolina and the University of Miami)
2002 NCAA Woman of the Year (State of Florida)
Big East Champion
1999 Southeastern Conference Diver of the Year
1998 3-meter SEC Champion
Seven-time U.S. National Team Member (96, 97, 98, 99, 01, 02, 03)
Nine-time U.S. Junior Nationals Champion