Swimming has really shaped who I am, and has had a huge impact on my life. I played all the sports—baseball, soccer, basketball, track; but the sport I always came back to was swimming. It’s not a surprise—both my parents are swimmers, my Dad swam for Nort Thorton at Cal Berkeley. I chose to swim because I love it, and my love for swimming is even greater today than when I first began.
Swimming for my high school team and making it to State Championships as a Freshman helped me to realize how I could be a leader and a mentor to my high school teammates. It’s been fun to bring new swimmers into the sport and get them excited about competing, and to challenge them to excel beyond their expectations. This, along with the strong bonds I have with my club teammates has really cemented how much I love swimming with a team, and how I truly look forward to the college swimming experience.
Swimming has shaped me, but it is not all that defines me. I am an Eagle Scout and in Scouting’s Order of the Arrow. I am a National Honor Society member, and I mentor elementary and middle school students through the PALS program. Being an Eagle Scout and my Troop’s Senior Patrol Leader has taught me to be a better leader, scholar, and athlete. I have learned to balance academics, club swimming, and high school swimming. I am looking for challenges both academically and athletically in my collegiate future, to be a part of a team, to bring something to my school, and to be the best that I can be.