Born Jan. 12, 1994 Paul Soley is a swimmer at the University of Michigan. Soley is currently in his junior year, and is from Lebanon, N.J. Soley comes from an athletic family: his sister, Teresa, swam at Washington & Lee University and his father, John, was a basketball player at Drew University. The junior is a distance swimmer, but he can also swim the butterfly events. He graduated from Mother of Divine Grace, and he competed for Berkeley Aquatic Club qualifying for the Junior National and National Championships. As a student at Michigan, Soley has earned the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award, he’s a two-time Academic Big Ten recipient, and a two-time U-M Athletic Academic Achievement recipient. Obviously academics are very important to Soley, considering in high school he was a three-time Scholastic All-American and was in the National Society of High School Scholars – he even graduated in the top 10% of his class.
As a freshman Soley competed at a dual meet against Ohio State and Purdue, but he also swam at the Hawkeye Invitational, swimming three events. His highest finish was second in the 1,000 freestyle in his collegiate debut against Wisconsin.
Soley earned Distinguished Scholar honors his sophomore year. He did not swim in the Big Ten Championships, but Soley did compete at the Univ. of Michigan Open, where he finished fourth in the 500 freestyle and fifth in the mile.
Soley is currently in his junior season as a Michigan Wolverine. In the regular season Soley swam two events against Indiana, Texas and Louisville – he also competed in the dual meet against Iowa.
Soley was a 14-time state champion while a swimmer at Mother of Divine Grace. He was was a swimmer on the three-time state championship team. Soley qualified for and competed at the USA Swimming National Championships from 2009 to 2011, and he also made the Junior National meet from 2009 to 2011.