I discovered diving after outgrowing years of competitive gymnastics. Diving presented me with an opportunity to capitalize on my skills and continue to grow as an athlete. At first, I didn’t know what to expect. However, I quickly learned that this sport was as physically and mentally challenging as any other. Fortunately, my skills and experience translated well to diving and helped me make it to high school state finals on my first year as a competitive diver. The following year, I took 5th in the state, and started competing 3 meter at USA Diving Club competitions, qualifying for Zones on both 1m and 3m.
Now, as a junior, I’m focused on maintaining the progress I’ve been making in both my athletic and academic careers. Academics are very important to me, and I challenge myself yearly with honors and AP classes. One of the biggest goals I have is to graduate with above a 4.0 GPA, which I have been maintaining thus far. In doing this, I hope to follow the pre-med path and ultimately become an MD. Holding myself to a high standard and dedicating myself completely to my sport and academics are both things I value greatly.
Though diving is mainly an individual sport, I believe that a supportive team is critical for the success of a diver. As a teammate, I make it a priority to help my fellow divers improve. I gain strength from them as well. As I transition to college athletics, I am eager to join not just a team, but a camaraderie of like-minded athletes and students.