Michael is a product of infant learn-to-swim, in his hometown of Pleasanton, California. Soon a member of the Pleasanton Seahawks, he gained Pacific All-Star recognition as a teenager on his way to becoming a 4-event Jr. National qualifier. Michael moved on to the bright lights of New York City, swimming collegiately for Columbia University and remaining in NYC as an aquatics professional for over a decade. He was instrumental in growing the Imagine School of Swimming into the largest swim school in New York, along with national recognition as a leader in aquatic pedagogy. Poropat also had the opportunity to spend the summer of 2008 with Gary Hall’s Race Club under the tutelage of 2016 Olympic Coach Mike Bottom and has been studying the finer aspects of fast, elite swimming ever since. Since 2001, Poropat has been on deck as an announcer for USA Swimming and FINA, recently contributing to the Barcelona World Championships, the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games, and his 3rd US Olympic Trials. In his private life, Poropat still strives for perfect freestyle form in-between teaching his 3-year-old to swim from the water slide the wall, and of course, bubble rings.