I started swimming about six years ago, and when I first started it was simply just to improve my skills in the water because my parents wanted me to be able to do more than just float and be comfortable. I began taking lessons and eventually learned about how much farther I could take swimming and it began to turn more into practice. I began moving up in the swim groups from bronze up to gold (where I am today), and I started to practice more and more often. When I started high school, I was eager to join the school's swim team and became a force to be reckoned with inside my high school's swim division, and achieved 3rd at state in the 500 free as a freshman.
Throughout my ongoing adventure, I have created amazing friendships with people who push me to be stronger and better as a person and an athlete. I have learned how to "push the envelope" as my coach always says and go beyond what I believed my limits were. This lesson has also spread over into my daily life as a student-athlete.