Dillon Connolly

Long Beach, CA

University of Southern California

Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Spring 2021

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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