I am 6 feet tall and weigh 160 pounds. I enjoy swimming and training and am always striving to get faster. I have been swimming competitively for 9 years. As I have progressed through each age group, I have continued to increase speed as well as competitiveness. I swam on the varsity swim team as a freshman and finished in 3rd place at the 3A state meet. I improved my sophomore year and finished 2nd. This past year I moved into the 15-18 senior age group and continued to lower my times by working hard in practice and after adding strength training to my workouts. The hard work paid off and I qualified for senior sectionals and Ultra Swim, a grand prix meet held in Charlotte, North Carolina. I was selected for the NC Zone team and qualified for Jr. Nationals this summer. My summer meets were highlighted with a 1st place finish at NC Sr. Champs in 200 Backstroke and a 1st place finish at SE Zones in 100 Backstroke. I became ill with the H1N1 flu the day before I left for Jr. Nationals and did not swim my best, but I plan on redeeming myself at Short Course Jr. Nationals in December. As a Junior I continued to lower my times and made finals at SC Junior Nationals. High School swimming was a challenge this year because my high school moved from 3A to 4A level. I still continued my streak of not losing a race in Conference meets but did not do as well at the 4A state championship meet- I finished 6th in 100Y Backstroke and 11th in 200Y Freestyle. Club swimming went well my Jr year with qualifications to Sectionals, Ultra Swim, and Jr. Nationals. The year's hard work was capped off with B Final swims in 100 and 200 Backstroke at LC Junior Nationals this summer. My times were fast enough to attain Senior National Cuts- A- cut in 100M backstroke and B-cut in 200M Backstroke. I am an integral part of my current club swim team and I am one of the senior leaders of Star Aquatics. My leadership strengths come from my hard work ethic and past leadership roles that I have held outside of swimming. I am an Eagle Scout and attained that rank before my 16th birthday even while swimming everyday. I also serve in a leadership role at Church. I am a sunday school teacher in the Elementary Children's Ministry and am one of the leaders in my high school ministry. I have even been a leader on my high school swim team since my freshman year. On my high school team, I taught some of the non-year-round swimmers how to swim the strokes correctly and how to do flip turns. I was a swim coach for the past 3 summers at my local summer swim club. I want to swim and attend a college preferably in the southeast for a school that is competitive in athletics and has a strong academic reputation. I have grown up a UNC fan and would love to attend and swim for one of the distinguished ACC or SEC schools, but am open to other options. I have not decided for sure on a course of study, but know that I want to do something with my math, science, and history strengths. With these varied interests I think a large school would be a better fit since I am undecided. I know I can be competitive and continue to improve as I grow and get stronger. I want to continue to progress in the sport and it is my goal to attend and do weel at bigger and bigger meets including US Open, World trials, NCAAS,and Olympic trials. To attain these goals I will need to work hard and swim at a very competitive program.