I started taking swim lessons when I was 3 years old and I've been swimming ever since then. My first club meet was when I was 5 years old. Backstroke has always been my favorite stroke. In fact, when I was little, I used to tell people I was going to go to the olympics in the 50 back. Even though I've always loved swimming, I struggled with it for a while because I felt like I was plateauing. It was really hard to motivate myself to go to practice because I felt like I wasn't swimming very fast. However, I knew if I continued to work hard, it would all pay off in the end. And now everything is finally paying off. This last year of swimming has been a great year for me. This is the fastest I've ever swum and I know I'm only going to get better. I hope to swim for a team in college that will help me achieve even more success in my swimming career.
Whenever I'm upset or stressed about something, I always find that I feel better after a swim practice. The pool is a place where I can leave all my troubles behind and just swim. Swimming has also taught me how to be tough both physically and mentally. Waking up at 4:45 for morning practice and swimming through hard sets has made me a better person. Swimming has taught me how to be a leader, how to be determined, and how to have a more positive outlook on life. I now know that if I keep working hard at something, things will eventually turn out for the better. I can't wait to continue my swimming career in college and I can't wait to see where it takes me.