For as long as I can remember, I have been an athletic person. When I started swimming in 2010, I didn't expect anything from the sport. With soccer, karate, and basketball all on my plate, I could have easily chosen a different sport. I wasn't motivated to swim by my parents' long careers in swimming (they didn't have any) or because I lived next to Michael Phelps. I was just a relatively small-town kid who flat-out loved the water. When I started swimming summer league at age 6, I immediately stayed after practice and worked on flip turns and starts with my older sister and the lifeguard at the local pool. I still remember my first summer league meet. I swam a 25 of each stroke and managed not to get disqualified in only freestyle. As a six-year-old, that could've been pretty demoralizing, but instead of quitting swimming and playing other sports (where I was improving day-by-day), I chose to stick with it. I'm not sure my mindset was determined at that moment, but since then, it became engraved in my day to day routine.
Work hard and be strong.
My goals in college are simple: getting a world-class education while being able to compete for the school in swimming and growing, not only as a student-athlete but as a person. I want to be happy during my collegiate career, on the pool deck, in the classroom, and outside of school. One of my best qualities is working hard every day, in and out of the pool. My character differs from others because I know that if I work as hard as I possibly can every day, I can succeed in anything.