Despite the fact that my club team has limited pool availability and my high school does not have an official team, limiting me to just 8-10 practice hours per week, I have achieved Illinois (club) State, High School State, Speedo Sectional, Jr. National, and Futures times. With the additional practice hours available at the collegiate level, I am sure to perform at an even higher level. I am competitive with my peers who currently are practicing 20 or more hours per week.
I have a strong desire to swim in college so that I can push myself to my maximum potential. Additionally, I look forward to experiencing the camaraderie of a college team. College swimming is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I don't want to miss.
Because academics is the primary factor in my college decision, I am seeking a very selective school with strong Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry programs. Throughout my high school career, I have always maintained a grade average of 97 percent or higher with the most rigorous course load available. In fact, my school modified course offerings solely to fit my needs, but this year, as a high school senior, I will have to take an online Multivariable Calculus course from the University of Illinois. I was able to achieve these grades, perform exceptionally high on my standardized tests, and attain 5's on all 5 AP tests I've taken thus far, regardless of my busy extracurricular schedule.
I will be a valuable addition to a highly selective college as I will make great contributions in the classroom and the pool.