Laura Van Beek
MSU Varsity 'S'- Young Alumni
Laura Van Beek


Laura (Deford) Van Beek graduated from Michigan State with a B.S. in Zoology with a Marine Biology Concentration in 2010. While at MSU, Laura swam for the Swimming and Diving team from 2006-2010. She was a 4 time letter winner and recorded 4 All-Time Top Ten Times. As a student athlete, Laura earned the John Narcy Most Improved Swimmer Award as a freshman during the 2006-2007 season.  Her senior year she received the Kevin Zielinkski Heart Award.

After graduation, Laura interned as a Zookeeper for Potter Park Zoo, Kansas City Zoo, and the Georgia Aquarium. She has also worked at the Miami Seaquarium and The Children’s Zoo at Celebration Square.  After she got married to her husband, Michael (another MSU swimmer alumni), she moved to upstate New York where he was stationed with the U.S. Army.  Now, they are now living in the Lansing Area with their son Jonathan.  Laura is currently working as a Swim Instructor at the Michigan Athletic Club.



Contact the MSU Varsity 'S' Club

MSU Varsity S Club
1855 Place 4th Floor
550 S. Harrison Road
East Lansing, MI 48823
Office: (517) 355-8523
Fax: (517) 355-7708