My name is Chase Aruskevicius and I am a junior at Marion L. Steel High School. After watching Michael Phelps and Connor Jaeger place on the podium during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, I would think to myself, “I hope that is me someday.” Since then, I have pushed myself more than ever to accomplish my dreams while setting numerous goals for myself to achieve in the future.
One of my main goals has been to swim at the collegiate level; I know that hard work and dedication are needed to achieve this. I promise that I am dedicated to the sport and work daily to increase my strength and improve my technique. I participate in a minimum of ten practices/workouts a week. This includes three morning dryland sessions; two morning swims and five afternoon practices. Weekend practices as needed per my coaches training program and our meet schedule. Hard work and dedication have allowed me to qualify for state and national swim meets; hopefully more in the future as I continue to grow and improve my performance.
In order to be successful at swimming, you must do your best in life. Swimming has forced me to have good organization and time management skills. With as much time as I spend traveling to/from practices as well as the actual time spent working out, excellent time management skills are needed. I am required to be on top of my school workload planning accordingly so that I am prepared for tests, etc. I have learned how to balance my time effectively between school, family, friends and work, getting the honor roll each quarter.
Currently, I am in my third year of engineering classes and was selected last year to participate in a college program called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). I spend half of my day at the local college exploring the world of engineering and thinking outside the box, then travel back to the high school where I finish out my state required courses. I know I want to study engineering in college and become a problem solver for our world, I love being challenged.
In summary, I am looking to swim for a college that has a good engineering program, one that partners with Project Lead the Way is a huge plus. I recognize that I may not have the times that some of the larger schools are looking for right now, but I can promise that I am working to continuously get faster. I need the water in my life, there is nothing more thrilling than diving into an ice-cold pool.