• Class of 2018

  • Major Political Science

McKenzie is a member of the swimming and diving team at Loyola University Maryland, where she is pursuing her degree in political science with future plans to attend law school. She is passionate about matters of social justice, particularly in disability rights and advocacy, and hopes to one day run for public office. McKenzie, who grew up in Georgia, began swimming as a form of aquatic therapy when she was diagnosed with osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease) as a child; she began swimming competitively at age 5. She is a member of the USA Paralympic Swim Team and is ranked first in the world in the 50, 100, 400, and 1500M freestyle events. McKenzie competed in the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London and most recently in the 2016 Games in Rio, where she claimed three gold medals for the 50, 100, and 400M freestyle races and silver for the 4x100M freestyle relay. When she's not in the pool, studying, or reaching out to children with similar disabilities through her organization, Kenzie Kares, McKenzie enjoys reading, photography, and spending time with her three dogs.

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