Hello coaches, I have been a competitive swimmer since I was 6 years old. From that time, I knew that swimming was my passion and continues to be my passion today, always driving me forward, continuing to learn and improve.
I became the state champion in the 100m butterfly at 10 years old and placed at State Championships and Zones meets when qualified. Also, I hold 8 records for my swim club pool. I am currently a Junior in high school, and I was NCC Champion in the 200 yd. medley and freestyle relays, along with the 200 yd. IM, 100 yd. Freestyle, and 100 yd. Breaststroke. I also qualified for the IHSAA Championships the last two years, received my high school Rookie of the Year award, Most Valuable Swimmer award, and Scholar-Athlete the first two years of high school.
I want to win both athletically and academically. I know which events I am strongest in and focus on them to become even better through editing my techniques and taking the advice of coaches and mentors. Academically, I’m averaging a 4.4 GPA and was Academic Scholar-Athlete for my freshman and sophomore years.
I strive to be a leader for my high school team by encouraging sportsmanship and leading by example. When a fellow swimmer needs support, I do try my best to help them within the circumstances and encourage them to be the best version of themselves.
I believe the best way to improve my swimming techniques is to listen and learn from the coaches. I take criticism very well because it’s meant to improve my skills which makes the team better as a whole. My work ethic is very strong in the pool as I know what it takes to be great for myself and my talents. Both my parents strongly support everything I have done and want to accomplish. They have sacrificed a lot of things to give me what I have athletically and will continue to do so as I move on to a college team.
Leadership is earned. I believe I’m earning that through what I’ve done and what I will do in the future. Leadership is also subjective, and my interpretation is that of listening, understanding, and deciding in situations that call for it. In my opinion, this builds character and confidence which filters down through a team, affecting the attitudes of all swimmers in a very positive way.
Lastly, I know I can improve in everything I do, and having that knowledge now makes me a great athlete and student. I am only going to get better at all I do and personally cannot settle for anything less. Not everyone wins or loses all the time but learning from the losses will make my wins happen more often.