Hi my name is Riley Hoyt. I have been swimming competitively since the age of 5, and in the water since birth in my family's backyard pool in florida. When I was born, I was diagnosed with an extreme case of asthma and options in the way of recovery were limited. Steroids to promote lung growth and improve functionality seemed to be the only option. My parents wouldn't accept this option as most of these drugs have terrible side effects. So my doctor recommended swim as a physical therapy to train my lungs without those side effects.
Until about my sophomore year in high school, swim was just that to me and nothing more. Physical Therapy, a chore, something I had to do because my parents said so. But during that year I started to realize all the great things swim has done for me and I wanted to take it further. I want to take my swimming career and abilities as far as they can possibly go, and when I realized my current team wasn't helping me get there I switched. On a new team with a new mission, I started dropping more time than ever before, going from a 1:13.49 (100Br Y) that halloween, to a 1:11.44 that summer, and then nabbing a sectionals time in February with 1:02.66.
Out of the pool I am an aspiring engineer (also happens to be my athlete type) and team player. I am dual enrolled in a pre-engineering program at a local technical college where I take advanced math and science courses. While difficult, the courses I am taking there have taught me a lot about what college will be like. Away from the pool and academics, I spend most of my time playing games or rock climbing (friends make both 10 times better). I hope to find a team with a friendly atmosphere and teammates who will push me to the next level.