posted 03/29/14 at 3:44am
on Looking ahead to the Sweet 16
Kukors started competing on the national stage in 2004 when she competed in the US Olympic Trials. She finished 10th overall in the 200m medley. In 2005, she moved to the world stage when she competed in the World Aquatics Championships.
She took silver in the 400m medley at the 2006 US National Championships. She also placed fourth in the 200m medley and fifth in the 100m backstroke. Her second place finish earned her a spot at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and the 2007 World Aquatics Championships. She brought home a silver from the Pan Pacific Championships.
After graduating high school, Kukors attended the University of Washington. She was there only one year before the swim teams were cut to save money. She then move to California to train with the Fullerton Aquatics Sports Team (FAST).
At the 2008 Olympic Trials, Kukors took third in the 200m medley, narrowling missing a spot on the Bejing Olympic team. At the 2009 National Championships, Kukors took third in the 200m medley. She went on to the World Aquatics Championship, to compete in the 4X200m fresestyle relay, the 400m medley and the open 200m medley, after the second place finisher, Elizabeth Pelton, withdrew. At the WAC, Kukors won gold in the 200m medley. She set a world record in the semis and broke that world record in the finals (2:06.15). She also helped the 4X200m freestyle relay take home silver.
Kukors won silver at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in 2010 (200m medley). She went on to win a gold medal in the 100m medley and a bronze in the 200m medley at the FINA Short Course World Championships that year.
She qualified for the 2012 Olympics games in the 200m medley after finishing second at the Olympic Trials. In London, she finished fifth in the event. This same year, she graduated from Chapman University.