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Sophia Irem Iskenderoglu ‘23 Recruiting Profile

  • Özel Kayseri Yildiz Anadolu Lisesi
  • Women's Swimming
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Sophia Irem Iskenderoglu's Women's Swimming Recruiting Profile
Enka Yuzme Kulubu
Prim. Position:
400/500 Free
Sec. Position:
200 Free
400/500 Free LCM
400/500 Free SCM
400/500 Free SCY
200 Free LCM
200 Free SCM
200 Free SCY
800/1000 Free LCM
800/1000 Free SCM
800/1000 Free SCY
100 Free LCM
100 Free SCM
100 Free SCY

Personal Statement

I'm Sophia Irem Iskenderoglu and I live in Turkey in a bicultural and bilingual family with 3 cats.  I have citizenships in the United States and in Turkey. I started swimming when I was 5 and I've been swimming competitively for 7 years.  Before that, I was on a ski team but decided that swimming was my happy place.

It took two years of hard work to be able to qualify for TOHM (Turkey's Olympic Prep Center), for elite swimmers in Turkey.  In TOHM, I've learned to be a responsible, hard-working, and positive swimmer.  My usual school week starts at 6 AM when I leave home and I finish at 8:30 PM when I return home to eat dinner and study.  This includes school, 8 trainings, and 3 fitness sessions.  On Saturday, I have 2 trainings and I'm off on Sunday. I've been chosen for the Turkish National Team three times.  My greatest moments so far have been getting 2nd place in an 800 Free relay at the Comen Cup and having opportunities to train with an Italian Olympic swimmer and a Turkish Olympic swimmer.

I want to qualify for the Jr. European Championships for the first time when I am a Sophomore.  My second goal is to swim with a hardcore university swim team in the United States.  Going to the European and World Championships later, leading into the next Olympics would be a dream come true for my third swimming goal.

For now, my favorite school subject is Chemistry.  I'm thinking about studying behavioral science/psychology/biology or Pre-Veterinary Medicine at University. I am currently researching my interests for the best University major.  My educational goals are to bring my Biology, Math, Physics, and Chemistry grades up to 85 or higher and my Turkish and History grades up to 70 or higher.  I changed schools from a Government School to a Private School 2nd semester but 2nd semester grades are identical to 1st semester because of Covid-19.

Because I grew up with two cultures, I bring a unique view to things that I do.  I would like to bring my different point of view, kindness, hard work, and eagerness to learn to a great group of serious women swimmers.  I'm looking for a serious coach, who brings great team spirit and discipline to his or her group. I'm willing to put in the time for training because swimming for me is fantastic.

Thank you.


High School Information

  • 2019 Club/Travel Team
  • Team Awards:
    Turkish Schools only have 3 meets in a year. I was the only swimmer from my school . Since I placed 1st in 2 events, I would have gone on to the Regional meet but I transferred schools., State Champs
  • 2018 Club/Travel Team
  • Individual Awards:
    1st Team All-Area
  • Team Awards:
    Regional 3rd Place, State Champs

Club Information

  • Seasons of Club Experience:
  • 8 seasons
  • 2020 Enka Yuzme Kulubu
  • Notes: Transfered to Enka for the 2020-2021 Season
  • Season Schedule
  • 2020 Kayseri TOHM (Elite Turkish Govt. Training Group)
  • Notes: TOHM is an elite performance group sponsored by the Turkish Government. When swimmers pass the qualifying times, they train with TOHM but continue to swim for their team. My team is Kayseri Faroz Yüzme Spor Kulübü.
  • Season Schedule
  • 2019 Kayseri TOHM (Elite Turkish Govt Training Group)
  • 2019 Kayseri Faroz Yuzme Kulubu
  • 2018 Kayseri Faroz Yuzme Kulubu
  • 2018 Kayseri TOHM (Elit Turkish Govt. Training Group)
  • 2017 Kayseri TOHM (Elite Turkish Govt Training Group)
  • 2016 Kansas City Blazers (3 Week vacation training)
  • Notes: Swam for 3 weeks during summer vacation with family to make up for missing training with TOHM.

Coach References

  • Other
  • Ridvan Ekmekci
  • Club Coach
  • Corrado Rosso



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High School Information

High School:
Özel Kayseri Yildiz Anadolu Lisesi

Academic Accomplishments

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Awards, Achievements and Activities

  • Award
    • 1-8th Grade- Honor Certificate for grades 9th Grade Certificate of Appreciation for grades and Honor Certificate for Athletics 1st semester. Certificate of Appreciation for grades 2nd semester.
  • Activity
    • Reading
  • Activity
    • Helping classmates with English
  • Activity
    • Green School Group

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Event 2020 Kayseri TO
100M Free 1:00.54
200M Free 2:11.80
400M Free 4:32.27
800M Free 9:14.44
1500M Free 18:17.88


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