For San Diego State swimmer Whitney Weisz, an April 2012 surfing accident may have been a blessing in disguise. After taking a blow to the head, her ensuing migranes worsened.
She soon discovered her constant headaches were the result of a malformation of blood vessels that could rupture at anytime.
A successful surgery and titanium incision later, Weisz was back in the pool and anchored the Aztecs in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle team at this year's NCAA Championships. The team finished sixth in the 200 freestyle relay, earning Honorable Mention All-American honors.
This time around, the swimmer is back and gunning for the Olympic Trials in 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska.