Until I found swimming, it seemed like nothing that I did was worth the effort. Swimming was a big part in helping me discover who I truly was. My freshman year of high school, when I finally got into swimming, I was inspired and motivated. Swimming helped me realize that if I put in the work and focus, and I cared enough about something, I could create something special. My freshman year of high school was magical for me. Not only did I turn my grades around in all my classes, but I dropped times in all my events (8 seconds 100 free, 3.5 seconds 50 free, 17 seconds 100 back).
I became a new man that year. Most of my metamorphosis came with my complete reconstruction of my mindset. I am stubborn. Whenever I put my mind to something, I give it 100% and if I am disappointed with the results, I go back, write what happened in my journal, and analyze how to do it better in the future. I have an undying thirst for improvement and the process of learning. I only read non-fiction self help books to discover new and different ways of thinking and living a more productive lifestyle. I believe in the power of the team. I believe that only with a good team culture where everyone is driven and positive with each other will great things happen. I am prepared to put in the countless hours of focused training to master a skill I truly love and believe in. I have accepted the fact that I will always have to work harder than other people to achieve the same results and I accept this challenge with open arms.
I will score in the conference meet my freshman year in college. I will qualify for the NCAA meet. I will conclude my college career in four years with a GPA of 3.4 or higher. I will be a role model. I will develop long, meaningful relationships with your swimmers. I will try and fail then try again. I know all these things because I know nothing can stop me if I’m driven enough, and I’m plenty driven. Focus, time, hard work and love is the formula for success in this world, and I have all the ingredients when it comes to swimming.