Summer 2008: David placed 21st in the 1500 freestyle at the U.S. Olympic trials.
2007-08: Once again David put up great times for Penn State earning points at the Big Ten Championships in 1650 freestyle with an 11th place finish. Earlier in the year he shaved over two seconds off his 500 freestyle time at the Princeton Invitational for a second place finish and later went on to win the event in Florida. David returned to the NCAA Championships in the 1650 free with a "B" qualifying time he earned at the Hoosierland Open Invitational. He added to his first place collection winning the 1650 freestyle at the Princeton Big Al Invitational and honed his 400 IM skills to five Top 20 finishes at bigger meets before the Big Ten Championships.
Summer 2007: David had a very good summer, swimming in three meets. He finished 15th in the 400-meter freestyle and fifth in the 1500-meter free at the Charlotte Ultraswim. In a busy Mid-Atlantic Senior Championships for him, he finished seventh in the 200 free, eighth in the 400 IM, and was on the winning 800 free relay team. He then finished the summer by finishing 23rd in the 800-meter freestyle and 18th in the 1500-meter free at U.S. Nationals.
2006-07: David put in one of the biggest swims of his career at the 1650 freestyle at Big Ten Championships, lowering his previous career best by almost 20 seconds in finishing 10th to pick up points for Penn State and swimming an NCAA `B' time. He also swam in both the 500 free and 400 IM at Big Ten's and set career bests in both of those events as well. He won three races on the year and also had one second place finish and five third place finishes. He had the second-fastest time on the team in the 1650 free, the third-best in the 1000 free and the fifth-best in the 500 free. He also had the fourth-best in the 400 IM.
2005-06: David was one of Penn State's top distance freestyle swimmers as a freshman, swimming in mainly the 500, 1000, and 1650 freestyle events. He also saw quite a bit of time in the 400 IM. At the Big Ten Championships, he swam the 500 free and finished 16th in the 1650 free to pick up a point for the Nittany Lions. He also finished just one spot out of the points in the 400 IM while swimming his best time in that event, knocking over six seconds off his previous best time. He also swam his best times in both the 500 and 1650 free at Big Ten's. On the year, he won three individual events and also had five second place finishes.
High School: Kraft, home schooled, swam for the Potomac Marlins Swim Club and head coach Bill Marlin. He was a member of the 2004 and 2005 Spring Junior National Teams. In 2004, he placed seventh in the 400 IM in a time of 4:01.23.
Personal: David enjoys singing and playing the guitar. He is the son of Mary Jeane and James Kraft. David has two brothers, Tom and Stepne, and a sister, Jan.
Why I chose Penn State: "The coaching staff, campus and academic reputation of Penn State were the main reasons I chose PSU."