By Press Release
President Barack Obama congratulates Air Force Academy 2016 graduate Michael Barnosky at the USAFA commencement ceremony on June 2. Michael, a Delta County resident, graduated from Cedaredge High School in 2012 where he was a high school All-American swimmer. Michael continued his swimming career as an intercollegiate athlete at the Air Force Academy. During Graduation Week, the Air Force Academy presented him with its Most Valuable Athlete for 2016 award, across all sports, stating that he had "produced one of the greatest seasons ever by a Falcon swimmer." He placed third in the nation at the NCAA Division 1 championships in the 100 breaststroke, earning him collegiate All-American honors. He also qualified for the US Olympic Trials, was named Western Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Year, led the Air Force team to its first ever conference swim championship, and set numerous league, Air Force, and all-service academy swim records. Michael started his swim career at the Bill Heddles Recreation Center, where he swam for the Delta Barracudas swim team. At the Air Force Academy graduation week officer commissioning ceremonies, Michael chose to take his commission as an ensign in the United States Navy, and is scheduled to begin pilot training at the Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., later this summer.