Kristy Kowal

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Kristy Kowal and Heather Petri at the Nantasket Beach Swim in Hull, Massachusetts, a Swim Across America charity event
Kristina ("Kristy") Ann Kowal (born on October 9, 1978 in Reading, Pennsylvania) is an Olympic swimmer from the United States, who won the silver medal in the 200 m breaststroke at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

Kowal helped her college, the University of Georgia (UGA), to three NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. In 2000, she was named NCAA Woman of the Year and she was recipient of the Today's Top VIII Award as a member of the Class of 2001, which honors eight senior student-athletes each year. She graduated from UGA in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Education (B.S.Ed). Kowal became a member of the United States Swimming Team in 1995.

She is now an elementary teacher in Pennsylvania and competes in the Flowers Sea Swim, the Flowers International 5k and 10k events in the Cayman Islands, and the Boston Harbor Swim, a Swim Across America charity event every year.

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